Netherlands, Nijmegen

Dutch Culture and Language

when 8 August 2016 - 12 August 2016
duration 1 week
fee EUR 500

In this course, attention is given to the Dutch culture in all its aspects: who is the king, how is our democracy organised, what are the provinces, which famous artists have our country produced, what do Dutch people like to eat, what are our customs and favourite holidays, etc. You will also learn the basic Dutch you need in the most common situations. This will include saying hi, introducing yourself, spelling out your name, congratulating someone, getting groceries, ordering from a menu and listening to Dutch songs.

The course consists of four hours of class and two hours of self-study per day. The classes are for discussing the different themes and practicing simple sentences. You will be encouraged to practice your Dutch as much as you can. Conversely, themes relating to Dutch culture will be discussed in English. There will be plenty of interaction between course participants and the teachers will use a diversity of methods. After class, you will spend time in the language lab working on your assignments and practicing your speaking skills. The course makes use of the Blackboard digital learning environment.

It is very important to practice your Dutch outside of the course as well, for example by going to the supermarket, watching Dutch TV programmes or chatting to your neighbours.

Classes will take place every day from 9.00 to 12.00 and from 13.00 to 16.00. These times include self-study hours. You are also expected to spend 1-2 hours per day on homework. After the course you will receive a certificate (provided you have attended at least 80% of the classes).

So whether you are or will be studying or working in the Netherlands and would you like to know more about the Dutch culture, then this course is just the thing for you.

Course leader

Inge Baanders, MSc
Manager Service Centre
Radboud in'to Languages

Target group

The course is designed for students and PhD candidates.

Course aim

After this course you:
- understand more about the Dutch culture.
- are able to use some basic sentences in Dutch.

Fee info

EUR 500: The course fee includes the registration fee, course materials, access to library and IT facilities, coffee/tea, lunch, and a number of social activities.

10% discount for early bird applicants. The early bird deadline is 1 April 2016.
15% discount for students and PhD candidates from Radboud University and partner universities.
EUR 195: Housing (optional)