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Intensive summer course Social Dutch 1 (online course)

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

Target group

No prior knowledge of Dutch is needed for this online course. This course is suitable for students who want to learn Dutch for social purposes.

Course level

Basic Dutch 1: from A0 to A1- (CEFR)

After completing social dutch 1, you can register for Social Dutch 2.

Course content

The course’s main objective is to learn to speak in Dutch. You will learn how to introduce yourself, exchange personal information, order in cafés and restaurants, buy and pay in shops, make appointments, as well as forms of address, formal versus informal use of the language, information on transportation and typical Dutch culture. 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.

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 one hour.

Dates and times

The online Social Dutch 1 intensive summer course runs for 1 week. The course meets twice a day for 2 hours and 15 minutes in the 'virtual classroom', so 4,5 hours per day. Participants should expect to spend 25 hours in total on homework.

Please note that the intensive class and self-study schedule will take up a big portion of your time in this week. We do not recommend combining the intensive summer course with any other study or work related tasks.

Any classes cancelled due to illness of the teacher will be made up at the end of the course.

The intensive summer course runs twice:

24 August -28 August

Dates Intensive Summer courses Social Dutch 1 & 2*
Course Time Class 1 Class 2 Class 3 Class 4 Class 5
Social Dutch 1 09.00-11.15 & 12.30-14.45 24-Aug 25-Aug 26-Aug 27-Aug 28-Aug FULL

* Course dates might change after the start of the course

Course materials

De Opmaat, ISBN: 978-908-5067238

After registration you will receive a confirmation email with a link to where you can buy this book.

Please note: If you buy a second-hand copy of the book, you need to purchase a login code from the publisher for € 10. The code gives you access to digital material that you will need for your homework. If you buy a new copy of the book, the login code is included.


After the course you will receive a certificate from Wageningen in’to Languages, provided you have attended at least 80% of the classes.


Social Dutch 1 & 2 WUR Students Free*

* The courses Social Dutch 1 & 2 are part of the Pilot free Social Dutch courses for students.

Social Dutch 1 and 2 are offered for free to students who meet the following conditions:

a. Students are asked to pay a 90 euro enrolment fee. General conditions concerning enrolment and payment apply.

b. After completion of the course the student can claim a full 90 euro refund of the course fees. To qualify for this refund, the student must have attended 80% of the classes.

c. Should the student qualify for a refund and should they meet the conditions as described in article 3b of these conditions, then Wageningen in'to Languages will refund the 90 euro course fee to the student.

See our General Terms and Conditions for more information.

  • Excluding course materials.

Just before the start of the course you will receive a payment link by email.

Prior to registration

If you are not sure whether this course is appropriate for your level and study goals, do not hesitate to contact our Service Centre for a no-obligation appointment with one of our Dutch course advisors.

If German is your native language, you have the option of skipping ahead to Social Dutch 2 right away, on the condition that you independently study chapters 1 thru 4 of the course book prior to the first lesson.