UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Online Dutch Course - Advanced

Are you interested in studying Dutch on an advanced level? University College London offers Advanced Dutch which is taught fully from distance and aimed at learners worldwide who have successfully completed Intermediate 2 or who have reached a minimum linguistic standard of level B2 as defined by the Council of Europe. The course is taught on a one-to-one basis (i.e. one teacher for each individual student). You decide whether your private online teaching sessions via  a video-conferencing platform (e.g. MS Teams,Skype) take place in the day time or the evening. Once your registration is complete, your personal teacher contacts you and you receive an individual log-in and password for access to the course materials. After you complete the course, you continue to have access to the course materials. At the bottom of this page you find links to register and pay for the course. For more general information about the course, e.g. the next starting dates, go to the home page.

Taught entirely in Dutch, the course is geared at developing your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills at an advanced level (level C1 as defined by the Council of Europe). Advanced Dutch runs over a 12-week study period (which can be extended up to three  weeks)  and consists of four thematic chapters. The course themes range from the Dutch and Belgian colonial past to the modern-day multicultural societies of the Low Countries, allowing you to also develop your knowledge of the culture, society and history of the Netherlands and Flanders. Each chapter offers a variety of authentic reading and listening materials. Reading materials range from modern-day columns and newspaper articles to 17th-century poems and pamphlets. The listening materials include fragments from Dutch and Flemish movies, current affairs programs and radio interviews. All writing, listening and speaking activities are tutor-supported and you receive weekly feedback from your personal tutor on all your submitted work. Another key feature of the course are the weekly videoconferencing sessions (via Skype, MS Teams etc) between you and your tutor. They allow you to further develop your listening and speaking skills in a one-hour individual teaching session. 

All our tutors are native speakers of Dutch with a PhD or MA degree in Dutch language and literature. Click here to get to know our teaching staff. After successful completion of the course, you receive a UCL completion certificate and you reach the required level to take the CNaVT exam Educatief Professioneel.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course you will have:

  • an advanced level of proficiency in Dutch (C1 CEFR). You will be able: to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics; to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity with native speakers; to produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue
  • good knowledge of the culture, history and society of the Netherlands and Belgium
  • insight into language structure and good self-study skills

What Materials Do You Need for this Course?

  • You need internet access and a computer (desktop, laptop or tablet) and webcam. The course includes live sessions using a video-conferencing platform.
  • The only printed book you need is a translating dictionary (Dutch/English, English/Dutch).

Course Delivery

The courses are delivered by means of an online learning environment. After you complete the course you continue to have access to the online course materials. The courses include frequent (individual) teaching sessions.

Note that the sessions do not take place at a set time. You decide with your tutor for each individual call on a day and time that suits you both. Note however that once your lesson has been arranged, calls need to be cancelled and postponed no later than 24 hours before the call is due to take place. If you don't cancel the call in time, it will be assumed to have taken place. If you decide to have the session at a new date, you need to pay an extra charge via the Online Store of UCL. Students are also reminded that they need to finish their course before the end date, which includes a grace period, that they are given by their tutor after they have signed up for the course.

Course Fees

The Advanced Dutch Study Guide gives further details regarding the course. If you have any further queries or you are unsure about your starting level of Dutch, email the course tutor, Dr An (ucldava@ucl.ac.uk), or Paul, the course administrator (p.warren@ucl.ac.uk). 

You can read testimonials of former and current students of the Dutch courses.

To sign up, pay the course fee via the UCL Online Store. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, contact Ingrida Maziliauskaite (i.maziliauskaite@ucl.ac.uk)

A note on fees - UCL has a no refund policy for course fees. Refunds of course fees minus a £100 administration charge will only be considered in cases of serious illness. Claims must be made in writing and be supported by verifiable documentation.