Netherlands, Amsterdam

Discover (the) Dutch: Dutch Language and Culture

when 22 July 2017 - 19 August 2017
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 1000

Dive head-first into the Dutch language, culture, history, and society. Work interactively in our state-of-the-art digital language lab to develop language skills and explore highlights of the country's history. Students use video, audio, and computer tools to participate in simulated conversations. By the end of two weeks students will have reached CEFR level A1. Students also learn about Dutch culture and society. In addition, students examine stereotypes associated with the Netherlands and its culture and place them in an historical context. By the end of the course, some of your preconceived ideas – about “liberal” Dutch attitudes towards drugs, sexuality, and immigration, for instance – might be in need of serious reconsideration!

An excursion to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam extends the learning beyond the classroom.

Course leader

Vita Olijhoek, MA

Target group

All international students interested in learning more about Dutch language, culture, history and society during their stay in Amsterdam.

Course aim

You learn Dutch to CEFR level A1, meaning that you can use some general expressions and form basic sentences. For example, you can introduce yourself, ask and respond to simple questions and order a drink.
You gain an understanding of the Dutch and their culture in an international context.

Credits info

Contact hours: 48

Fee info

EUR 1000: The tuition fee includes an airport pick-up service, welcome goodiebag, orientation programme, on-site support, 24/7 emergency assistance, and a transcript of records after completion of the course.

An early bird discount of €150 is available for students who apply before 15 March, and students from VU Amsterdam as well as from exchange partner universities will receive a €250 discount. You apply for the discount simply by indicating that you are currently a student at VU Amsterdam or at a partner university in the online application.

All courses include excursions. We will also organize trips and excursions as part of our social programme, which is a great way to get to know your fellow students and learn more about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The social programme is not included in the tuition fee.

Furnished accommodation is available. Various housing options will be offered.


The Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition fee of one course. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted soon on the website.

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