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The courses below are intended for adults with higher levels of education, Leiden University students and staff members who wish to combine them with their university studies or work, as well as other interested parties who are unrelated to Leiden University. The course focuses on everyday conversational Dutch and is also suitable for expats.

Start of course

Enrolment and dates available

February 1 October
July 1 May
August 1 May
September 1 June
Semi-intensive courses (starting in September and February, two lessons per week, usually in the evening) & intensive summer courses

The courses below are meant for international students of the University of Leiden and for participants who wish to follow a non-intensive course.

Late afternoon or evening, one lesson a week

The course below is meant for international students.

 

The Academic Language Centre helps new Dutch citizens who wish to learn Dutch in the context of the Integration Act to prepare for the State Examination Programme II. The course focus on all skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. In order to pass the state examination you must master these skills at B2 level. In addition, since 2015 you are also obliged to complete additional examinations in Knowledge of Dutch Society and Orientation on the Dutch labour market. The materials for these examinations are integrated into the courses we offer.

Target group

These courses are open to highly educated people who have completed at least 14 years of education in their country of origin and whose command of English corresponds to B1 level. To register for this course you must first complete an English test. To find out whether you can take part in the course we will plan an intake interview. You can make an appointment for an intake interview by telephone at 071 527 2332 during the opening hours of the Academic Language Centre.

The course is fast-paced. Course participants are expected to be actively involved in the course and to prepare the lessons thoroughly at home.

DUO loan

The 'Dutch for participants in civic integration programme' course can be financed from your DUO loan. The course costs include the tuition fee, books, and syllabi. Books that are required for more than one course will only be issued once.

Potential commute costs cannot be financed from the loan.

Click here for more information about the DUO loan.

Start of course

Enrolment and dates available

February 1 November
April 1 March
September 1 July
The courses

Under certain conditions the course Nederlands 4 VJL  (July - August 2019) is open for registration. Please contact talencentrum@hum.leidenuniv.nl to ensure you comply with the conditions.

After level 5 you may enroll in the Preparatory Course for the Staatsexamen NT2 Programme II

More information

 

Dutch Plus Writing

Dutch Plus Writing is aimed at students who wish to improve their writing skills at an advanced level.

Dutch 7

The Dutch 7A and 7B courses are intended for those who succesfully completed Dutch 6 in the past and wish to continue improving their language ability.

Preparatory course for Staatsexamen

After level 5 you may enroll in the Preparatory Course for the Staatsexamen NT2 Programme II.

Information for prospective students

Prospective students with a non-Dutch secondary educational background must have a good command of Dutch for entry to a bachelor programme at Leiden University. The university provides Dutch courses for these students. Prospective students who already have a command of Dutch can do an entrance exam. 

The Language Centre also organises English courses for prospective students who want to enter a degree programme at Leiden University for which English is a requirement. Students doing a degree for which Dutch is the language of instruction also need a good command of English, since most literature is in English.

Admission Exam TUL Intermediate

Description          This exam is required for entry to many degree programmes at Leiden University. Please consult your department for requirements. The exam consists of five parts: reading, writing, listening and grammar
Registration Register online for Admission Exam TUL Intermediate
Location Language Centre, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden, room 1.25
Price € 150,- for the whole exam 
€ 35,- per section for resits
Status of the 
Admission Exam TUL Intermediate
The exam is only recognised by the University of Leiden. It is not a nationally recognised exam.The level 4 exam is equivalent to level B1.2 of the European Reference Framework.  [Sample Admission Exam TUL Intermediate]
Conditions Candidates may resit the exam twice. This also applies to individual sections of the test.

 

Admission Exam TUL Advanced

Description This exam is required for entry to degree programmes at Leiden University. Please consult your department for requirements. The exam consists of five parts: reading, writing, listening and grammar
Registration Register online for Admission Exam TUL Advanced
Location Language Centre, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden, room 1.25
Price € 150,- for the whole exam 
€ 35,- per section for resits
Status of the
Admission Exam TUL Intermediate
The exam is only recognised by the University of Leiden. It is not a nationally recognised exam. The exam is comparable with programme II (B2) of the state exam, although in the Admission Exam TUL Advanced the standard of grammar and grammatical correctness for productive skills is higher than in programme II of the state exam. [Sample Admission Exam TUL Advanced]
Conditions Candidates may resit the exam twice. This also applies to individual sections of the test.

In addition to the open registration courses, the Academic Language Centre also offers custom-made language training. For more information, please consult the custom-made language training webpage.

Before enrolling, you have to take an entrance test.

  • The English test is compulsory for all new participants who wish to register for a Dutch for civic integration course. The English test will take approximately 30 minutes.
  • If you have studied Dutch before, you can also take a Dutch entrance test to determine your current level. This test will take approximately 1 hour.
  • The test is available at the Academic Language Centre on working days between 9:00 and 15:00 hrs. 

*PLEASE NOTE: If you have taken a Dutch course at the Academic Language Centre and you did not pass the final exam, you cannot register for the next level course on the basis of an intake test.

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