Dutch courses for staff

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Nederlands - Language & Training Centre

Have you just started working for Erasmus University Rotterdam? Or have you been working for EUR for a while? Would you prefer to participate more fully in Dutch society? No matter where you come from, the Dutch culture will differ in some way. By speaking Dutch, you'll become more familiar with Dutch customs and habits and you will be able to connect with Dutch people more easily. Your circle of acquaintances will grow and you'll strengthen the bonds with your Dutch colleagues, friends, students and business relations. Even though you may not need to communicate in Dutch at present, you might in the future. Why not start now?

Which courses are offered?

Please take a look at our full range of Dutch for EUR staff:

During these courses, for absolute beginners, you will learn the basics of the Dutch language, with emphasis on reading, speaking, listening and writing skills in an everyday context. Topics that are covered include: presenting yourself, greetings and farewells, making an appointment, café, market, restaurant and shop, grammar, vocabulary and the Dutch culture. By the end of the course, you will have a small vocabulary and to be able to communicate in common and everyday situations. The final level of the course is A1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).


Please note: -

This course:

  • consists of ten weekly sessions of 2,5 hours each;
  • is only accessible to EUR, EUC, ISS and EMC staff;
  • is also accessible to partners of the above mentioned staff members; costs € 299,- (excluding e-book).
  • For PhD students of Erasmus University Rotterdam a special rate applies: € 50,- (including e-book).
  • You need to apply and pay for the Dutch A1 course via our web shop. Only if the course will be paid for by your employer (outside the EUR) and the payment needs be done via invoice, we ask you to contact us upfront via email to make the necessary arrangements.

Good to know:

  • English is the language of support during classes. However, the language of instruction is Dutch and will be commonly used.
  • The course material costs approximately € 49,- and is not included in the course fee. 
    You will receive a confirmation letter with further details when the course starts.
  • For PhD students of Erasmus University Rotterdam the course material is included. 
  • Course participants are expected to spend approximately three hours a week on course preparation and self-study.
  • Our groups are small: the minimum number of participants is 12, the maximum is 16. 
    Please note that the LTC reserves the right to cancel this course if the required minimum number of participants is not reached.
  • Attendance is not compulsory, but advisable. Please note that the last class consists of an oral test and a listening test.
    In order to pass the course, you should be present on that particular day.
  • A final written exam is part of this course in which your reading and writing skills will be tested. Dyslectic staff members can get extra time to complete the written test. To arrange this, you need to contact the LTC via email. You will also have to send a copy of your official statement of special needs.
  • A certificate is awarded to participants who achieve a ‘pass’ for all four skills.
  • Read our requirements and general terms and conditions carefully before registering.
  • You need to apply and pay for the course via our web shop. Please contact ltc@eur.nl for questions or more information regarding this course.
  • Explanation payment Staff courses
  • Please contact ltc@eur.nl for questions or more information regarding this course.

  • This course:
    • is open to all
      (students, staff and external applicants with an academic background);
    • consists of ten weekly sessions of 2,5 hours each;
    • is offered three times per year: October, January and April.

Group size: maximum of 16 participants
Costs: € 299,- (excluding book)
A certificate is awarded to participants who achieve a ‘pass’ for all four skills.

More information can be found on our Dutch A1 factsheet

  • The LTC also offers tailor-made courses at various levels on request for faculties, departments, students or businesses. Tailor-made can be divided into:
    • Individual lessons;
    • Group lessons.

On the basis of your aims and preferences, a special course will be arranged.
For more information about tailor-made courses, please contact the LTC via ltc@eur.nl or 010-4081997.

We are currently not available for tailormade courses. 

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