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for students, staff and others

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 November
July 1 May
August 1 May
September 1 July

Regular courses 
Starting in September and February, two lessons per week, usually in the evening

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

Intensive courses

5 weeks, 4 lessons per week

Super intensive courses

3 weeks, 5 lessons per week

And in summer, July-August:

  • Dutch 1+2 (as an intensive summer course only; 6 weeks, 4 lessons per week)

In October 2023 we are introducing a variety of conversation courses at the B1/B2 level, for which you can buy a multi-strip ticket (punch card) of 5 or 10 classes. You can choose between classroom and online classes, offered on different days and at different times. This means there will always be a time and class format that suits you best.

Dutch Conversation B1/B2 for Leiden University Staff

Are you an employee of Leiden University and would like to improve your fluency in Dutch? During this training you will work on increasing your vocabulary and communication skills.

Niederländisch für Deutschsprachige

Neuer Kurs Niederländisch für Deutschsprachige

Dutch Plus Writing

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

Advanced Dutch

The advanced Dutch courses A and B are intended for people who have lived in the Netherlands for some time and already have a very good knowledge of Dutch.

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 TUL Intermediate Exam
Location Language Centre, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden
Price € 150,- for the whole exam 
€ 50,- 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 TUL Advanced Exam
Location Language Centre, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden
Price € 150,- for the whole exam 
€ 50,- 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.

The Academic Language Centre offers a free online course 'SPOC Dutch & More':

Before enrolling, you have to take an entrance test.

  • If you have studied Dutch before, you can also take a Dutch entrance test to determine your current level. 
  • Please send an email to talencentrum@hum.leidenuniv.nl to make an appointment for the online test

*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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