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Intensive summer course Social Dutch I for native speakers of German

Would you like to be able to speak Dutch to colleagues? Or read labels in the supermarket, ask a shop assistant where you can find a particular item or have a chat 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? In that case, our intensive summer course Social Dutch I for native speakers of German is just the thing for you.

Social Dutch I for native speakers of German is offered for FREE to all international students and RU staff who meet the conditions**.

Nederlands leren Nijmegen

Target group

The 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.


From 0 to A1


In this course we use the book Start.nl 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.

Practical details

Dates and times

31 July 2023 -   4 August 2023
Classes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Time: 10.00 - 12.30 hrs / 14.00 - 16.00 hrs.

Location The course will take place at Radboud University campus in Nijmegen
Language during classes Dutch
Number of classes 10 classes (2 classes per day during 1 week)
Self-study 3 hours per day
Number of participants Max. 18
Exam During the final class

Fes (excluding course materials)

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

Course fee € 455*
RU students and RU staff FREE**
WUR staff (10% discount) € 409,50

* The person or organisation paying the course fee will receive the invoice after the course has started.


Social Dutch I for native speakers of German is offered for FREE to all international students and RU staff who meet the conditions:

1. Please register using the online registration form. Advance payment is no longer possible. You can only register if you have an IBAN number.
Please note that 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).

2. If you are a student or staff member at Radboud University, this course is free of charge provided you meet the 80% attendance requirement. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a direct debit of the course fee. ​

3. Please note that students of Radboud University can attend two Dutch course for free. If you want to follow a third Social Dutch course, the students fee of € 227,50.
This expanded/new discount rule applies to new registrations. Course fees paid for previous participation in a Social Dutch course are non-refundable.


See our General Terms and Conditions for more information.

Course material

The course material listed below can be purchased at Roelants bookstore

  • Start.nl 1 (ISBN: 9789046905661)


After the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance (provided you have attended at least 80% of the classes).