Basic Dutch 2 (standard & fast track)

Would you like to be able to speak Dutch with your colleagues, supervisor, friends or neighbours? What about travelling by public transport, ordering in cafés or restaurants or shopping in the Netherlands? Would you also like to learn about Dutch customs and traditions? If so, our Basic Dutch 2 course is perfect for you.This course is a continuation of Basic Dutch 1, but you can also take it if you already have some basic understanding of the language.

Target group

This course is geared towards international employees, PhD candidates or expats with little knowledge of the Dutch language and who are interested in learning the language for social purposes.

Course level

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

Grammar is always discussed in a communicative context and in functional situations.

For example: When you learn to talk about things that happened in the past, you simultaneously learn about the voltooid tegenwoordige tijd because knowledge of this grammatical concept is relevant to clearly talk or write about the past.

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

For this course you need prior knowledge of Dutch. You can sign up for this course, if you have participated in Basic Dutch 1.

Have you studied Dutch before? Then make an appointment via for an intake interview to discuss which course is suitable.

If German is your native language, you have the option to start with Basic Dutch 2 right away, on the condition that you independently study chapters 1 through 5 of the course book prior to the first class.

Dates and times

Group Day Start date End date Time Status
Fast track Basic Dutch 2 (online) Tuesday + Thursday 14 May 2024 27 June 2024 Tuesday: 13.00-14.30/Thursday: 09:00-10:30 hrs. Fully booked

View the full schedule here.

This course is offered several times a year in two variants: the standard track and the fast track.

If you would like to take the Basic Dutch 2 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. If all groups are fully booked and you want to be put on the waiting list for a particular period, please also fill in the interest form and then indicate this in the comments.


You follow the course entirely online using the Virtual Classroom in Brightspace or at our location: Campus Wageningen University & Research.

Number of classes

Standard track: 14 classes of 1.5 hours, 1 class per week.
Fast track: 14 classes of 1.5 hours, 2 classes per week.


Standard track: 1 to 1.5 hours each week.
Fast track: 2 to 3 hours each 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.


After the course you will receive a certificate from Wageningen in’to Languages, provided you have attended at least 80% of the classes. Would you like to continue improving your language skills? With this certificate you can continue with Intermediate Dutch 1.


WUR employees and partners Free of charge - The costs can be borne by the department/Sciences Group where you work. Read more about this.
WUR employees and PhD candidates €499
Regular fee €525

The course price does not include course materials.