Students socializing in the Refter on campus
Students socializing in the Refter on campus

Social Dutch I for native speakers of German

Would you like to be able to speak Dutch to colleagues or friends? Or read labels in the supermarket, ask a shop assistant where you can find a particular item or carry on a basic conversation with your neighbours? And on top of that, would you like to know about typical aspects of Dutch culture, both within and outside the academic world? Then our Social Dutch I course for native speakers of German is just the thing for you.


    What will the course bring you?

    In this course we use the book part 1 – Dutch for beginners. You will be doing all the 10 chapters. These chapters will teach you to introduce yourself and someone else, to talk about hobbies, family and daily activities, to know what you can say in the supermarket or another shop, to ask about arrival and departure times in public transportation, to talk about your house, to talk about events in the past, and to order something in a bar or restaurant.

    During classes the focus is on communication and actively engaging with this material.

    Target group

    This course is intended for students, PhD candidates, RU staff, expats and anyone else from Germany who would like to learn enough Dutch to be able to communicate in a simple but effective way. Because of the similarities between Dutch and German, this course goes through the learning materials quickly.

    Certificate and final level

    This course will take you from 0 to level A1 (CEFR). After the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance (provided you have attended at least 80% of the classes).

    At the end of the course, there will be a curriculum-dependent test. Taking this exam is mandatory if you wish to advance to the next level.

    Starting date

    30 September 2024, 5:15 pm
    This course ends on 25 november 2024. Each session takes 1.5 hours.
    Free for RU students and staff
    Educational method
    Main Language
    Number of sessions
    Maximum number of participants


    Type of education

    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 takes place from 30 September until 25 November 2024. There is no class in the week of 21 October because of the Autumn Break.

    Group A

    Days and times: Monday and Wednesday from 5.30 - 7.00 pm.
    Location: on the Radboud University campus in Nijmegen
    Number of participants: min. 10 - max. 18

    If a lesson is cancelled, it will be rescheduled in the week following the last lesson. 
    You should count on about 4 to 5 hours of individual study per week.

    What will you learn in this course?

    Dutch is spoken as much as possible during classes. 

    After this course, you will be able to:

    • Introduce and talk about yourself
    • Count to 100, spell, tell time and name the months 
    • Talk about hobbies, appearance and character, your family and daily activities
    • Invite someone
    • Say you like / dislike something and ask what someone likes to do
    • Ask when something will happen and make an appointment
    • Do grocery shopping: ask where something is, ask the price and weight
    • Ask where the bus goes / stops and ask about arrival and departure times
    • Book a trip, book a hotel room and make a reservation at a restaurant
    • Talk about your house and ask someone's address
    • Talk about events in the past
    • Order in a bar or restaurant
    • Talk about food and drinks
    • Ask and talk about clothes in a store

    Culture and history influence the language of a country. That is why this course will also pay attention to interesting and relevant aspects of Dutch culture and history. Knowledge about these topics will make it easier to understand Dutch people and their responses.

    Course material

    • 1 (ISBN: 9789046905661)

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

    Course fees

    • Regular fee: € 495,-
    • RU students and staff: free of charge, provided that they meet the following criteria:

    1. you meet the 80% attendance requirement. If you do not meet these requirements, you will be charged the course fee that applies to your situation: 10% discount for employees and alumni, and 50% discount for students.

    2. Students of Radboud University: you can attend two Dutch courses for free. If you want to follow another Social Dutch course, you get 50% discount on the course fee.


    Register now

    Please note:

    • You can only register if you have an IBAN number. For RU students and staff, we ask for this in case the abovementioned requirements are not met. 
    • At the end of the registration form, it is stated that a direct debit will take place on a certain date. For RU students and staff who meet the requirements, this does not apply to Social Dutch. Please rest assured that if you attend at least 80% of the classes, the course fee won’t be charged.
    • Our correspondence will be sent to the email address that you are registered with at Radboud University, so make sure to check your (student) account(s).
    • The person or organisation paying the course fee will receive the invoice after the course has started.

    This course starts every year in October, January/February and April/May. 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.

    High demand: don’t miss out!

    Please note that our Social Dutch classes fill up very quickly. We recommend you sign up for the course you are interested in as soon possible, even if you have not arrived in Nijmegen yet.