04. Summer courses in Dutch

The summer course in Dutch language, culture and profession by 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 by the Dutch Language Union is aimed at advanced students of Dutch wishing to spend a short period in the Netherlands or Flanders.
Most of the costs for the course are covered by the Dutch Language Union. Participants must pay a course fee of 200 Euros and cover their own travel expenses.

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

Target group and admission criteria
During the selection process for the course, we take the following criteria 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 advanced B1 (B1 Plus) level according to 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 in 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 (official proof must be submitted for the latter). Candidates will be selected by a selection committee.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years old and not older than 35.
  • Participants have already passed one of the exams for a Certificate in Dutch as a Foreign Language, e.g. the one for the Certificaat Maatschappelijk Formeel (the former Certificaat Maatschappelijke Taalvaardigheid), which is comparable to the B1 level of the EFR. For more information on these certificates, please have a look at: www.cnavt.org

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

Participants who have completed the 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 2019.

Dutch courses at other institutions
For more information on summer courses that are organised by other organisations, please have 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 (this includes distance learning and independent study).


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

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20 november 2018