Social Dutch 1 (online or face-to-face)

Are you an international student at Wageningen University & Research and would you like to be able to speak Dutch with your fellow students and lecturers or hold a simple conversation with your neighbours? Would you also like to learn about Dutch customs and traditions, both within and outside the university? Then our Social Dutch courses are just the thing for you.

Target group

The course is geared towards bachelor’s and master’s students of Wageningen University & Research who do not speak Dutch and who are interested in learning the language for social purposes.

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:

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.

Course level

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

Admission requirements

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

Is your native language German? Then you have the opportunity to start with Social Dutch 2 on the condition that you study chapters 1 through 5 of the course manual before you start.

Dates and times

Group Day Start date End date Time Status
Social Dutch 1A (online) Monday + Wednesday 24 April 28 June 19:15-20:45 hrs.
Social Dutch 1B (online) Monday + Thursday 24 April 6 July 19:15-20:45 hrs.
Social Dutch 1D (face-to-face) Tuesday + Thursday 25 April 4 July 19:15-20:45 hrs.

View the full schedule here.

If circumstances dictate this, the face-to-face course may be taught entirely online.

This course is offered annually in January, April 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

15 meetings of 1.5 hours each.


2 to 3 hours of self-study 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 Social Dutch 1 you can register for Social Dutch 2.


Social Dutch 1 & 2, WUR Students free*
Social Dutch 3 & 4, WUR Students €90
Regular fee €275

* The courses Social Dutch 1 & 2 are part of the pilot Free Social Dutch Courses for bachelor’s and master’s students of Wageningen University & Research. These are free for students who attend 80% of the classes (12 of the 15). If a student fails to meet this attendance requirement, they will receive a €90 invoice at the end of the course.

The course price does not include course materials.