Intensive summer course Social Dutch 1 (face-to-face)

Are you an international student at Wageningen University & Research? Would you like to learn Dutch in one week to speak with your fellow students and your teachers or carry on a basic conversation with your neighbours? Then our intensive summer course Social Dutch is just the thing for you!

Target group

The course is for bachelor's and master's students of Wageningen University & Research who have no prior knowledge of Dutch and who want to learn the language quickly.

Course level

Entry level: A0 (CEFR)
Final level: 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 be able to:

Once you have completed the course, you will know:

Grammar is secondary to speaking and vocabulary building. Only basic grammar will be treated, such as the main sentence structure and the conjugation of verbs in the present and past tense.

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

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

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

Prior to the course start participants will receive a short self-study package with preparatory exercises. All participants are expected to complete the exercises before the course start. This will take about 1 hour.

Dates and times

    Course Time Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Class 5 Status
    Social Dutch 1 09:00-11:15 & 12:30-14:45 29 August 30 August 31 August 1 September 2 September
    Only for Exchange students: Social Dutch 1 group E 10:30-12:45 & 14:00-16:15 29 August 30 August 31 August 1 September 2 September Fully booked

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

    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 at our location: Forum, Wageningen Campus.

    Number of meetings

    The course runs for 1 week. You will have 4.5 hours of classes per day. The course meets twice a day for classes of 2 hours and 15 minutes.


    25 hours in total on homework.

    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*
    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 (8 of the 10). 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.