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Dutch: Beginner I 0-A1 (day course)

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.

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

Dutch for beginners course

What will the course bring you?

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.

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

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.

Practical details

Dates 18 December - 8 March
Number of classes 27 (3 classes per week)
Course days Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Time 11.00 - 13.00 hrs.
Self-study 8-10 hours per week
Language during classes Dutch

The course takes place on Radboud University campus in Nijmegen
Exam dates Week 12 and week 13 (resit)
Please note: you are only allowed to take the assessment if you have attended at least 80% of classes.
Extra week If a lesson is cancelled, it will be rescheduled in the week following the last lesson

Course fees

Regular fee € 1.242,-
RU students (50% discount) € 621,-
RU and Radboudumc staff Free of charge (provided that they meet the necessary conditions for Language Policy Courses)
RU staff & alumni (10% discount) € 1.117.80

All of our courses and training programmes are exempt from VAT.

Course material

  • 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.


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

>> Here you can read what the intake assessment consists of and plan your intake assessment


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.

Any questions?

Please contact our Service Centre:
024-361 21 59
Or fill in the contact form.