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Social Dutch 1

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 Social Dutch courses are just the thing for you!

Target group

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

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. At the end of the course there will be a small test.

If you pass the Social Dutch 1 test, you will obtain a certificate for 'on the way to' level A1 of the CEFR and can go on to Social Dutch 2.


Social Dutch 1 runs for 15 classes. The course meets twice a week in the evening  for 1.5 hours. Participants should expect to spend 2 to 3 hours on homework each week.

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

Dates and times

Social Dutch I is offered in January, April and September each year. Next round of courses will start in January 2019.

Course materials

De Opmaat, ISBN: 978-908-5067238

This book is available at the WUR shop in the Forum building on the Wageningen University & Research campus.

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.

Certification and exam

You receive a Wageningen in’to Languages certificate when you complete the course. If you do not pass the exam, you can take a resit after the course. The resit costs € 25 and is not included in the course fees.


BSc/MSc WUR Students € 90
  • Excluding course material and resit.
  • Including exam on the last day of the course.
  • We only accept payment by debit or credit card.

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.