UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Online Dutch Courses

Study Dutch courses online with a Personal Tutor at beginner, intermediate or advanced level.

Enrolment is now open for the following start dates: The Weeks Commencing 4th March and 8th April 2024.

We offer five teacher-supported online language courses for learners of Dutch, the official language of the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders): two courses for beginners, two courses for intermediate learners and one course for advanced students.  We also offer a comprehensive language course teaching Medical Dutch and two tutor-supported distance courses teaching reading skills in specialized forms of Dutch, i.e. Early Modern Dutch and Business Dutch


All Dutch language courses are fully delivered from distance, open to learners anywhere in the world and taught online on a one-to-one basis, i.e. every student is taught individually via a video-conferencing platform (e.g. MS Teams, Skype) by his or her personal tutor. The courses are flexible and can be adapted to meet students' needs also 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 a video-conferencing platform take place in the day time or the evening - for every class, you agree with your tutor on a day and time that suits both you and your teacher. All course materials are accessible online and downloadable and all your exercises and tasks are corrected by your personal tutor.

All our tutors are native speakers of Dutch and/or Flemish with a PhD or MA degree in Dutch language and literature. Read the testimonials of current and former students of the Dutch remote learning courses. After successful completion of the course, you receive a UCL Completion Certificate. 


In Beginners 1 and Beginners 2 you learn 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 Beginners 1. For Beginners 2 you need to have completed Beginners 1 or have a starting level of Dutch comparable to level A1 as defined by the Council of Europe (CEFR). The learning outcomes for Beginners 1 are equivalent to level A1, and to level A2 for Beginners 2. The Beginners courses are an excellent preparation for the Basisexamen Inburgering (Dutch Civic Integration Examination)

Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 consolidate the knowledge of Dutch you already have and extend your language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing on an intermediate level. In the courses you also study the culture of Dutch and Flemish societies. Intermediate 1 is for students who have successfully completed Beginners 2 or who have a similar linguistic standard, equivalent to level A2. To take Intermediate 2 you need to have completed Intermediate 1 or have a level B1. The learning outcomes for Intermediate 1 are equivalent to level B1, and to level B2 for Intermediate 2. The Intermediate courses allow you to reach the language standard required to take the Dutch NT2 Staatsexamens Nederlands als Tweede Taal (Dutch as a Second Language) or the Belgian (Flemish) Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal (Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language).

Advanced 1 which is taught entirely in Dutch, further develops your language skills of reading, listening, writing and speaking on an advanced and academic level (C1). The course is also geared to further expanding your knowledge of the history and culture of the Netherlands and Belgium. It is aimed at students who have completed Intermediate 2 or who have a similar language standard, comparable to level B2. 

The Early Modern Dutch Reading Skills Course is designed to give you the skills you need to read 16th, 17th and 18th-century Dutch and Flemish texts (i.e. the original language of the Dutch Golden Age). 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 no or a minimal knowledge of the language.

The Medical Dutch Course is aimed at health professionals intending to work or study in the Netherlands or Belgium. The course requires a starting level of Dutch equivalent to B1 CEFR.

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. To sign up for the courses, pay the course fee using the UCL online store. To pay by cheque or bank transfer contact (i.maziliauskaite@ucl.ac.uk). You can sign up until 2 days before the start date of the courses. Once your registration is complete your personal teacher contacts you. You are asked about your preferred start date and you receive an individual log-in and password to the online course of your choice. 


  • Email Paul, the course administrator  (p.warren@ucl.ac.uk), for general queries.
  • Email Dr An, one of the course tutors (a.castangia@ucl.ac.uk), for any questions about course content, your starting level or if you're looking for tailor-made tuition. 
  • Email Remo Faoro  (r.faoro@ucl.ac.uk ) for Financial questions.