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Online Dutch Course - Beginners

Are you interested in studying Dutch on a beginner's level? University College London offers Beginners Dutch 1 and Beginners Dutch 2, two tutor-supported online courses for beginning learners of Dutch, the official language of the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders). The courses are available to learners worldwide, are taught online on a one-to-one basis - i.e. each student is taught individually by his or her personal tutor via Skype - and can be adapted to meet learners' individual needs. Also, you decide whether your private online teaching sessions or classes via Skype take place in the day time or the evening - for every Skype class, you agree with your tutor on a day and time that suits both you and your tutor. For Beginners 1 no prior knowledge of Dutch is required. To take Beginners 2 you first need to have completed Beginners 1 or have a similar language standard, comparable to level A1 as defined by the Council of Europe. 

Each course runs over a 12-week study period, although this period can be slightly extended depending on your schedule. Note that you can sign up for the courses individually or for a package including both Beginners 1 and 2 (24 study weeks). The courses are also offered as intensive courses of 6 weeks for learners on a tighter schedule. After you have paid the course fee, your personal teacher contacts you and you receive an individual log-in and password for access to the online downloadable course materials. After you complete the course, you continue to have access to all the study materials as well as your corrected course work. At the bottom of this page you find links to register and pay for the courses. For more general information about the course, e.g. the next starting dates, go to the home page.

Course structure

Beginners Dutch 1 and 2 each consist of five online course chapters. Every chapter includes reading and listening activities, accompanied by comprehension and vocabulary exercises. There is a grammar section, with a link to a separate reference grammar of Dutch which was developed alongside the course, and a section on pronounciation. Each chapter also has a series of exercises and tasks to practise writing and speaking. Your writing exercises you email to your personal teacher for written feedback and corrections. On the development of your listening, pronounciation and speaking skills we focus in the individual teaching sessions via Skype. For Beginners 1 you participate in an introductory session and seven teaching sessions of 60 minutes (each) with your personal tutor. For Beginners 2 you take part in an introductory session and six individual teaching sessions of 60 minutes (each). All our tutors are native speakers of Dutch and/or Flemish with a PhD or MA degree in Dutch language and literature. 

Each chapter ends with a revision section and a comprehensive final assignment. The reference grammar contains further self-correcting exercises which are freely available for private study. 

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes of Beginners 1 are equivalent to level A1 as defined by the Council of Europe and are of a level A2/A2+ for Beginners 2.  After you complete the courses, you are awarded a UCL completion certificate and you can move on to the online Intermediate courses. The Beginners courses prepare you for the CNaVT exam Profiel Toeristische en Informele Taalvaardigheid.  They are also an excellent preparation for the Basisexamen Inburgering (Dutch Civic Integration Examination).

At the end of Beginners 1 you will have gained:

  • level A1 of proficiency in Dutch as defined by the Council of Europe
  • insight into language structure and aspects of Dutch and Flemish culture
  • well-developed self-study skills

At the end of Beginners 2 you will have gained

  • level A2 of proficiency in Dutch as defined by the Council of Europe
  • insight into language structure and aspects of Dutch and Flemish culture
  • well-developed self-study skills

What materials do you need for this course?

You need internet access, a computer (desktop, laptop or tablet) and webcam. The course includes live sessions using Skype.

Course delivery

The courses are  delivered by means of an online learning environment. All course materials can also be downloaded for offline use. After you complete the course you continue to have access to all the online course materials.

The courses include frequent (individual) teaching sessions via Skype. Note that the Skype 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 the Skype session 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.

The Beginners Dutch Study Guide gives further details regarding the course. If you have any questions about the courses 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), for general queries.

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

Registration and fees

To register for one of our courses, click on the link below to pay via the UCL online store:

If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, contact Remo, the financial administrator (r.faoro@ucl.ac.uk). You can sign up until two days before the start dates.

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.