UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Online Dutch Course - Intermediate

Intermediate Dutch 1 and 2 are tutor-supported online language courses aimed at learners with a post-beginners’ level of Dutch. Each course is available worldwide and delivered via online course materials, supported by 9 one-hour one-to-one lessons. The courses are developed and taught by highly qualified and experienced UCL Centre for Languages and International Education tutors. Lessons are via Teams/Skype and can be scheduled depending on a learner's individual needs.

For general information about our online Dutch courses, the next starting dates and how to apply, go to the Online Dutch home page.

Course duration

The standard versions of the courses run over a 12-week period starting from your chosen starting date. The intensive versions run over a 6-week period. Both versions include the same number of individual lessons (i.e. 9 lessons).  Note that you can sign up for the courses individually or for a package including both Intermediate 1 and 2 (24-week period for the standard version; 12 weeks for the intensive version).

Prerequisite for entry

Intermediate Dutch 1 is ideal for students who have successfully completed the online course Beginners 2 or who have reached a similar linguistic standard, equivalent to level A2 as defined by the Council of Europe. Intermediate Dutch 2 is both for students who have successfully completed Intermediate 1 or who have a linguistic standard comparable to level B1. If you are not sure if you have the correct level, please email the course tutor, Dr An (a.castangia@ucl.ac.uk).

Aims and objectives

The learning outcomes of Intermediate 1 are equivalent to level B1 as defined by the Council of Europe and are of a level B2 for Intermediate 2. After successful completion of the Intermediate courses, you reach the required level to take the Staatsexamen Nederlands als Tweede Taal (NT2 Staatexamen, i.e. exams organised by Dutch and/or Belgian government) and the CNaVT exams Profiel Educatief Startbekwaam and Professionele Taalvaardigheid.

At the end of the courses, you will have gained:

  • an intermediate level of proficiency in Dutch (level B1 CEFR for Intermediate 1 and level B2 for Intermediate 2): you will be able to communicate both orally and written in a wide range of contexts and situations; to express your opinions; to report what other people have said; to make structured notes; and to write different types of text.
  • insight into language structure and good self-study skills

You will also receive a UCL completion certificate. The Intermediate Dutch Study Guide gives further details regarding the course. If you have any questions about the courses, please email the course tutor, Dr An (a.castangia@ucl.ac.uk), or Paul, the course administrator (p.warren@ucl.ac.uk). 

Course content

Intermediate Dutch 1 and 2 are built around a series of thematic chapters, ranging from science and health, to media and education. Each chapter includes reading and listening texts, with grammatical and other commentary. All text and audio material is authentic. The online activities are designed to develop the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. All written exercises and tasks are corrected by your personal tutor. A key feature of the courses are the online teaching sessions between you and your individual teacher. They allow you to further develop your listening and speaking skills on an intermediate level.

Course Delivery

The courses are delivered via an online learning environment (web-based). All course materials can be downloaded for offline use. After you complete the course, you continue to have access to the course materials. The course includes a series of individual lessons via Teams/Skype. Note that these lessons do not take place at a set time. You agree with your tutor for each individual lesson on a day and time that suits you both. You need internet access and a computer (desktop, laptop or tablet) and webcam.  In exceptional circumstance, a short extension may be agreed with your tutor. 

Registration and fees

You can register for the course via the UCL online store

If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please contact Ingrida Maziliauskaite (i.maziliauskaite@ucl.ac.uk).

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.