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Basic Dutch 1

Are you an international employee or PhD candidate at Wageningen University & Research? Would you like to learn Dutch to talk to your colleagues, supervisors, friends or neighbours? What about reading labels in the supermarket, asking a shop assistant where you can find a particular item or carry on a basic conversation with your neighbours? And on top of that, would you like to know about typical aspects of Dutch culture, both within and outside the academic world? Do you have no prior knowledge of the Dutch language? Then our Basic Dutch course is just the thing for you.

Target group

This course is for all international employees and PhD candidates of Wageningen University & Research. External participants are welcome.

Course level

Basic Dutch: from A0 to A1- (CEFR)


You do not need any prior knowledge of Dutch. Subjects and situations that will be dealt with during this course include introducing yourself, exchanging personal information, addressing people, formal vs. informal language use, information about transportation, ordering and paying in shops, making appointments, and typical aspects of Dutch culture.

At the end of the course there will be a curriculum-dependent test. If you pass the Basic Dutch 1 test, you will obtain a certificate and can go on to Basic Dutch 2.


    • Number of classes: 12 (1 class per week)
    • Self-study: 1 to 1.5 hours per week
    • Language during classes: Dutch
    • Min 8 - max 18 participants

Dates and times

This course takes place two times a year. The next course will start in January:

Start date End date Day Time
21 January 15 April Monday 14.00 - 15:30 hrs

Are you interested in Basic Dutch but do you find yourself limited by the timetable or level of the course? Please let us know by sending an email to, so we can try to better adapt our offer to your needs.


Classes take place on the Wageningen University & Research Campus, in the Forum building.

Course materials

De Opmaat, ISBN: 978-908-5067238

  • This book is available at the Wageningen University & Research shop in the Forum building.

Certification and exam

You receive a Wageningen in’to Languages certificate when you complete the course and pass the exam. 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.


€ 375  

  • 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 unsure 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.