University College London (UCL) offers Online Dutch Classes with Individual Tutor

Online Dutch

UCL offers five teacher-supported online language courses for learners of Dutch, i.e. Lagelands 1 and Lagelands 2 for beginners, Hogelands 1 and Hogelands 2 for intermediate students and Opperlands for advanced learners. It also offers two tutor-supported distance courses teaching reading skills in specialized forms of Dutch, i.e. Early Modern Dutch and Business Dutch

The courses are fully delivered from distance, open to adult learners anywhere in the world and taught on a one-to-one basis (i.e. one teacher for each individual student). The courses are flexible to allow for other commitments, such as work, studies or family. You decide whether your private online teaching sessions or classes, which last one hour and are conducted via Skype, take place in the day time or the evening. Read here the testimonials of current and former students of the Dutch online courses.

New rounds of the courses start at the beginning of every month and you can sign up until two days before the starting date. For some courses it is possible to join after the official start dates in consultation with your teacher. After successful completion of the courses, you receive a UCL Completion Certificate.

The beginner's courses Lagelands 1 and Lagelands 2 are designed to give you the skills you need to speak, read, write and understand basic Dutch in a range of practical everyday contexts. No previous knowledge of Dutch is required for Lagelands 1. Click here for a taster of the online course materials.

Hogelands 1 and Hogelands 2, aimed at intermediate learners, consolidate the knowledge of Dutch you already have and extend your language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing on an intermediate level. The courses also enhance your cultural knowledge of Dutch-speaking societies. Hogelands 1 is for students who have successfully completed Lagelands 2 or who have a similar linguistic standard, equivalent to level A2 as defined by the Council of Europe

Opperlands, taught entirely in Dutch, further develops your language skills of reading, listening, writing and speaking on an advanced level. The course is also geared to further expanding your knowledge of the history and culture of the Dutch and Flemish societies. Opperlands is aimed at students who have completed Hogelands 2 or who have a similar language standard, comparable to level B2 as defined by the Council of Europe

The Early Modern Dutch Reading Skills Course is designed to give you the skills you need to read 16th, 17th  and 18th-century Dutch texts. The course is open to learners with both prior or no knowledge of Dutch.

The Business Dutch Reading Skills Course enables you to build up a reading knowledge of Dutch sufficient to cope with reading the business pages of Dutch and Flemish newspapers and magazines. It can be taken by learners with a minimal knowledge of the language.

Students also have the option to study specific skills such as speaking and listening on a one-to-one basis independently of the course rubrics or to receive private online tuition in preparation of official language exams or other proficiency tests (e.g. CNaVT) in the Netherlands or Belgium. To find out more about the cost of the courses, click here. Note that it is possible to sign up for individual courses as well as for packages including two or more courses.

Go to the course descriptions of the individual courses (links in the left banner) to sign upThe next start dates of the courses are 6th April, 4th May and 1st June 2015. Once your registration is complete your personal teacher contacts you and you receive an individual log-in and password to the online course of your choice. 

Alternatively, you can email the course coordinator, Dr An (, or Sam, the financial administrator (, to ask for more information about the online courses. Please contact Rob, the webmaster (, for any technical queries or in case you experience problems when completing the registration or online payment form.

Page last modified on 29 mar 15 11:02 by An