04. Summer courses in Dutch

The summer course in Dutch language, culture and profession of the Dutch Language Union is a good supplement to the Dutch courses being taken at an academic level by students abroad. This course gives foreign students a chance to visit the Dutch language area during their studies.

The Dutch Language Union is a Dutch-Flemish organisation set up in 1980 by treaty between the Netherlands and Belgium. The Dutch Language Union promotes and finances projects relating to the Dutch language, literature, education and culture, both in and outside the Dutch language area.

The summer course of the Dutch Language Union is aimed at advanced students of Dutch wishing to spend a short period in the Netherlands or Flanders.
The costs for the course are mainly covered by the Dutch Language Union. The participant has to pay a course fee of 200 Euros and his own travel costs.

The course is held in Ghent (University of Ghent). The program covers the entire Low Countries.

Target group and Qualifications for admission
In the selection process for the course these criteria are taken into account:

  • Participants must have a command of Dutch at an advanced level. This means that you can at least speak, read and write Dutch at the level advanced B1 (B1 Plus) of the European Framework of Reference for Languages concerning learning foreign languages (EFR);
  • The university students have to be non-native speakers of Dutch who do not live within the Dutch language area. These students have to study Dutch as a major or a minor subject, as BA or MA studies, or as another subject with Dutch as a major component. In the last case we need official proof of that. Candidates will be selected by a selection committee.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years old and not older than 35.
  • You preferably have already passed one of the exams leading to a Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language, e.g. the one for the Certificaat Maatschappelijk Formeel (the former Certificaat Maatschappelijke Taalvaardigheid) which can be compared to the B1 level of the EFR. For more information on these certificates you can take a look at: www.cnavt.org

Candidates will be selected by a selection committee. The course can accommodate approximately 120 participants.

Those completing the entire course will receive a certificate of attendance from the Dutch Language Union.

More information?
More information about the summer course and about how to apply can be found on the page of the summer course of 2018.

Dutch courses at other institutions
For summer courses that are organised by other organisations you can take a look at language centres at universities in the Netherlands and in Flanders or at the page with other courses in the Netherlands and Flanders (also distance learning and self study).


If you have still got any questions please contact Ingrid Degraeve at idegraeve@taalunie.org.

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27 november 2017