UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Online Dutch Course - Business

This is a tutor-supported online course teaching reading skills in a specialised form of Dutch, i.e. Business Dutch. It is available worldwide and can be taken by learners with no or only a minimal knowledge of the language. The 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 is taught over a 20-week study period which can be extended up to 4 weeks, if necessary.

The course consists of two parts. The first part is a general module with twenty lessons. It uses English as its medium of instruction and comprises general texts on economic and social aspects of the Low Countries. Part two is a specialist module of ten lessons. This part is entirely in Dutch and covers more specialised texts on finance, business, entrepreneurship, and insurance.

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All text material is authentic. The activities are designed to develop the language skills of listening and reading. They also foster your ICT and communication skills. Some exercises are self-scoring and self-correcting, but the majority needs to be mailed to the course tutor for feedback. An important feature of the course are the frequent videoconferences (via Skype, MS Teams etc) between you and your tutor. They allow you to interact directly with your tutor and to get feedback, advice and guidance.

The course is linked to an online reference grammar of Dutch, which provides additional self-access exercise materials.

 The Business Dutch Reading Skills Study Guide gives further details regarding the course. 

If you have any further queries, email the course tutor, Dr An (ucldava@ucl.ac.uk), or Paul, the course administrator (p.warren@ucl.ac.uk). 

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

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course you will have:

  • the ability to read Business Dutch;
  • Insight into the business environment in the Low Countries
  • good self-study skills.  

What Materials Do You Need for this Course?

You need internet access and a computer 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

Your tutor will help you with the course materials and provide feedback on your work. You can also ask your tutor for advice and guidance. The course is taught by means of a web environment and webcam-type tutorials.
Note that the tutorials do not take place at a set time. You decide with your tutor for each individual call on a day and time that suits the both of you. 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.

Registration and Fees

If you prefer paying 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.