Foto van twee cursisten bij taalcursus Nederlands
Foto van twee cursisten bij taalcursus Nederlands

Day course Dutch for beginners I (A0-A1)

This course for beginners give you a solid foundation in the Dutch language. This course is the first in a series that prepare you for the Staatsexamen NT2 (state exam in Dutch as a second language), programme II.


    What will the course bring you?

    • understand simple words, phrases and sentences;
    • ask and answer simple, short questions;
    • follow a simple conversation;
    • write simple, short sentences about personal matters.

    The main objective of the course is to learn to communicate in Dutch. All skills are developed: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. To this end, attention is given to such matters as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Reading and writing skills are mostly practiced in the time allotted for self-study. Attention is also given to Dutch habits and customs.

    Target group

    This course is for highly-educated foreigners who want to learn Dutch in one-and-a-half to two years. Are you integrating in Dutch society? Make sure to read the information about the civic integration programme.

    Pre-requisites to follow this course

    • You have completed secondary education in your country of origin
    • You speak a Western European language


    You receive a certificate upon completion of the course, provided you have attended at least 80% of the classes and you have passed the last two lessons, the result of which will appear on your certificate.

    Final level: Dutch at beginner level: A1 (CEFR). After the beginners course, you continue with the Day course Dutch for beginners II (A1-A2).

    Starting date

    02 September 2024, 11 am
    This course ends on 8 November 2024. Each session takes 2 hours.
    10 to 100% for RU, Radboudumc and WUR staff, RU and WUR students and RU alumni. See ‘Costs and admission’ for conditions.
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    Contact information

    Do you have a question? Or would you like to discuss which course best suits your needs and starting level? Feel free to contact us. We are happy to help you out.

    Contact us

    024 - 361 21 59
    info [at] (info[at]into[dot]ru[dot]nl)

    This course will take place from 2 September until 8 November 2024.

    • Course days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
    • Times: 11.00 - 13.00
    • Self study: 8 to 10 hours per week

    The course takes place at the Radboud University campus in Nijmegen, with a maximum of 18 participants.

    If a lesson is cancelled, the catch-up lesson will take place the week after the last lesson.

    Exam dates

    Exams take place in week 47 and week 48 (resit).
    Please note: you may only participate in the assessment, if you have attended at least 80% of the classes.

    What will you learn in this course?

    This class focuses on the different skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing.


    You can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, such as in announcements, catalogues and on posters.


    You can understand familiar words and basic phrases concerning yourself, your family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.


    You can participate in simple conversations when your interlocutor is willing to repeat or rephrase things slower and helps you formulate what you are trying to say. You can ask and answer simple questions that talk about topics that you are very familiar with.


    You can write a short, simple postcard to give greetings from, for example. You can fill in personal details on forms, such as your name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.

    Course materials

    • Contact! - nieuw 1 Text book (ISBN: 9789462939608)
    • Contact! - nieuw 1 Exercise Book (ISBN: 9789462939615)

    The course material can be purchased at Roelants bookstore. Course material is not included in the course fee.

    Course fees

    • Regular fee: € 1.242,-
    • RU students: € 621,- (50% discount)
    • RU and Radboudumc staff: free of charge (provided that they meet the necessary conditions for Language Policy Courses).
    • RU and Radboudumc staff & alumni : € 1,117.80 (10% discount)
    • WUR employees and students: € 755.10 (10% discount)

    Intake assessment

    You can only register for this course after you have had an intake assessment.

    More information and plan your assessment

    If you want to get an idea of your level on your own, you can do this using our online level test.


    Have you completed your intake assessment, and has the teacher advised you to take the day course ‘Dutch at beginner level I (0-A1)’? If so, you can register for this course.

    Register now

    This course starts every year in September, December and April. If you would like to take this course, but is it fully booked or your desired start date has not yet been listed, let us know that you would like to be kept informed, and we will let you know when you can sign up for new dates.