CNaVT (Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal): Enrolment now open

28 February 2024

UCL Dutch is hosting the Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal (Dutch as a Foreign Language, CNaVT) exams in May 2024 (1-15 May). Deadline for enrolment is 10 March 2024.

These exams are set and marked by an external institution, under the auspices of the Nederlandse Taalunie (Dutch Language Union). They are open to both UCL students and Dutch language learners from outside the college, who would like to obtain an official qualification.

What is it?

The exams cater for different language levels and areas of interest; they cover all skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and are quite extensive. If you pass, you receive a certificate that is widely recognised by Dutch and Flemish organisations and educational institutions. The exam is offered on five levels / domains, based on the CEFR levels (Common European Framework for Languages).

INFO: maatschappelijk informeel; tourist and informal profile = CEFR level A2 
FORM: maatschappelijk formeel; more formal social profile =  CEFR level B1 
PROF: zakelijk professioneel; professional profile = CEFR level B2 
STRT: educatief startbekwaam; intermediate educational level =  CEFR level B2 
EDUP: educatief professioneel; advanced educational level =  CEFR level C1 

More information in English can be found on the CNaVT website, where you can also access sample exams. Rules and regulations (in Dutch only).

How to enrol 

Deadline for enrolment is 10 March 2024, and you can enrol online, by filling out this Google form: CNaVT Enrolment.


There is a fee of £125 for UCL students and alumni. Payment is due before 10/03/2024 via the UCL online store. Price for non-UCL candidates is £150. Payment details will be sent upon enrolment. 

Dates of exams

We will organise the dates at the end of March, when the UCL exam table has been announced, so we can work around it. For reasons of fairness, all people taking the same level need to take the exam at the same time. In order to accommodate the growing number of younger candidates taking the STRT educatief startbekwaam (B2) exam, that exam will take place on Saturday 11/5 at UCL.
Please don't hesitate to contact Christine Sas if you have any questions, the exam is open to anybody with an interest in getting a qualification in Dutch. 

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