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Social Dutch IV course

Do you already speak Dutch well in social situations, but want to further improve your Dutch language skills so that you can talk to your fellow students or friends about your study, internship, travel, etc.? Do you want to be able to give your opinion on a variety of topics or express how you feel in a variety of situations? Do you want to expand your vocabulary, practice communication skills, and also learn something about what is typically Dutch? In that case, take the Social Dutch IV course.

Social Dutch IV is offered for FREE to all Radboud University international students and staff who meet the conditions.**

Social Dutch II course

What will this course bring you?

The main objective of these courses is to learn to communicate in Dutch. All skills are developed: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

More attention than in the Social Dutch-courses I to Social Dutch III is given to such matters as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Reading and writing skills are mostly practiced in the time allotted for self-study.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • talk about your academic career;
  • talk about your wishes for your career or education;
  • report information you have heard or read;
  • explain the differences between options;
  • explain the pros and cons of different options;
  • talk about the travelling you have done;
  • respond appropriately to good or bad news (for yourself or the other person);
  • reassure someone;
  • formulate advice;
  • ask for an opinion and give your opinion;
  • summarise extensive or complicated information in a comprehensible way.

Grammar is always covered in a communication context and for functional purposes.

Example: When you learn to formulate advice, you will also learn about the use of the construction “ik zou...” as knowledge about this grammatical topic is useful and relevant at this level for formulating advice in a respectful way.

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.


How outspoken will a Dutch person be when you give them bad news? How normal is it in the Netherlands to show your emotions in the workplace or in a lecture? Do you have to wait for someone to ask for your opinion before giving it? How open are Dutch people about the type of education they’ve completed?

Level: from A2 to halfway to B1 (CEFR)

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

Practical details

Dates and times group A
The course for group A will take place on Radboud University campus in Nijmegen
Max 18 participants
29 January 2024 - 27 March 2024
Monday and Wednesday
15.30 - 17.00 hrs
Dates and times group B
The course for group B takes place online in the Virtual Classroom
Max 15 participants
29 January 2024 - 27 March 2024
Monday and Wednesday
17.30 - 19.00 hrs
Language during classes Dutch
Number of classes 15 classes (2 classes per week during 8 weeks)
Self-study 4 to 5 hours per week
Extra week If a lesson is cancelled, it will be rescheduled in the week following the last lesson

Course fees

Course fee € 495*
RU students and RU staff FREE**

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

Course material

  • Nederlands in actie, ISBN: 9789046908426

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

Schedule an intake

If you completed Social Dutch III with us, an intake won’t be necessary and you can immediately sign up for Social Dutch IV.
If you already have some prior knowledge of the Dutch language, registration is preceded by a free intake interview. In this interview your level is assessed. If you have already obtained Dutch as a Second Language certificate, please bring these to the interview, as well as your student pass or student number.
Please use our form to schedule an intake.


Please note:

  • You can only register if you have an IBAN number.
  • 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.


Social Dutch IV is offered for FREE to all Radboud University and Radboudumc international students and staff who meet the conditions:

1. 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.

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.

Any questions?

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