Basic Dutch 1 (online or face-to-face) fully booked

Would you like to be able to speak Dutch with your colleagues, supervisor, friends or neighbours? Or be able to read the labels in the supermarket, ask where you can find something, or hold a conversation with your neighbours? Would you also like to learn more about Dutch customs and traditions? If so, our Basic Dutch 1 course is perfect for you.

Target group

This course is geared towards international employees, PhD candidates and expats with little to no knowledge of the Dutch language and who are interested in learning the language for social purposes.

Course level

Entry level: A0 (CEFR)
Level on completion: halfway to A1 (CEFR)

Course content

The main goal of this course is to learn to communicate in Dutch in simple, everyday situations.

What will this course teach you?

Once you have completed the course, you will know:

Once you have completed the course, you will know:

Learning grammar is secondary to developing good communication skills and a good vocabulary. Only the basics of grammar will be covered, such as sentence structure, present tense verb conjugation, negation, question structure and pronouns.

This course will also cover Dutch pronunciation and interesting aspects of Dutch culture.

The lecturer will speak Dutch as much as possible during the course.

Admission requirements

No prior knowledge of the Dutch language is required for Basic Dutch 1. If you want to check whether this course is suitable for your level and your study goals, contact us at

If your native language is German, you can immediately start with Basic Dutch 2 on the condition that you study chapters 1 through 5 of the course manual before the course begins.

Dates and times

Group Day Start date End date Time Status
Basic Dutch 1B (face-to-face) Wednesday 8 March 14 June 09:10-10:40 hrs. Fully booked

This course is offered annually in March and September.

If you would like to take this course but it is either full or does not list a starting date that suits you, please click here and you will be notified once you can sign up for new dates.


You follow the course entirely online using the Virtual Classroom in Brightspace or at our location: Forum, Wageningen Campus.

Number of meetings

14 meetings of 1.5 hours.


1 to 1.5 hours per week.

Course materials deel 1 (2e druk 2017), ISBN: 9789046905661.

After having registered for this course, you will receive additional information about the course materials in due time.


You will receive a certificate from Wageningen in’to Languages if you attended at least 80% of the lessons. After completing Basic Dutch 1 you can register for Basic Dutch 2.


WUR employees and partners Free of charge - If you have permission from your manager. Read more about this.
WUR employees and PhD candidates €535
Regular fee €550

The course price does not include course materials.