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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 1 is offered in January, April and September each year. The next course starts in September 2019.

Group Start date End date Course days Time
Group 1A (FULLY BOOKED) September 23, 2019 November 25, 2019 Monday & Wednesday 19.15 - 20.45 hrs
Group 1B September 24, 2019 November 26, 2019 Tuesday & Thursday 19.15 - 20.45 hrs
Group 1C September 23, 2019 November 25, 2019 Monday & Wednesday 19.15 - 20.45 hrs
Group 1E September 23, 2019 November 25, 2019 Monday & wednesday 21.00 - 22.30 hrs
Group 1F September 24, 2019 November 26, 2019 Tuesday & Thursday 21.00 - 22.30 hrs
Group 1G September 24, 2019 November 26, 2019 Tuesday & Wednesday 19.15 - 20.45 hrs
Group 1H September 23, 2019 November 25, 2019 Monday & Wednesday 19.15 - 20.45 hrs

Please click here for the entire Social Dutch schedule, including all day and times of all classes.

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.


Social Dutch 1 & 2 WUR Students Free*
Social Dutch 3 & 4 € 90

* 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 classes (12 out of 15). In addition, the student must have taken the final test. Any grade for the test will suffice, as long as they take it.

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 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.