Free Dutch language courses
Learning Dutch is an important part of integrating in the Netherlands. The City of Amsterdam makes the process easier by providing free Dutch courses with officially recognised organisations. The courses include information on Dutch society as well as language learning. There are also special classes for illiterate people.
Eligibility for free Dutch courses
EU citizens that are residents of Amsterdam, and non-EU citizens that are residents and have successfully completed the civic integration course (inburgeringscursus) are eligible. To attend the course for free, students must be present for at least 80% of the classes and complete the final test or examination.
If you received your residence permit after 1 January 2013 and have been informed that you are required to participate in a civic integration programme, it is not possible to receive a free language course from the City of Amsterdam. If you are in Amsterdam as an expat and make use of the 30% tax ruling, you are not eligible for the free courses, either. Consult this overview of Dutch language courses in Amsterdam to find an alternative class.
Which courses are available?
The City of Amsterdam offers appropriate language courses for a wide variety of people and their personal situations. This ensures you can quickly learn the essential words and phrases that will help in everyday life. The following courses are available:
Dutch for beginners
Learn the basics of the Dutch language, as well as an introduction to living in Amsterdam. Duration: six months; two classes per week.
Dutch for joining in
Improve the Dutch language skills required to be active in your neighbourhood. Or those needed to support your children with schooling and growing up in Amsterdam. Duration: six months; two classes per week.
Dutch and work
Improve your Dutch to help you find work. Duration: six months; two classes per week.
Increase your level of language skills.
Dutch and personal financial administration
Improve your Dutch in order to be able to handle your personal finances and other admin issues – including understanding letters from the City or filling out forms for the Tax Office. There are also dedicated classes for citizens who already speak Dutch proficiently but struggle with administrative tasks.
This course is designed to help those who struggle with the basics of reading and writing. There are also dedicated classes for citizens who already speak Dutch proficiently but struggle with illiteracy. Duration: six months.
Become a local
The most effective way to learn Dutch is by practising with native speakers. Naturally, your class work counts, but actively using your new skills outside is essential. That's why each course involves activities in the city or your neighbourhood, helping you to be a part of Amsterdam.
For more information, download the folder on free Dutch lessons.
Sign up now
If you are interested in learning Dutch, simply sign up at your local Taalwijzer – a dedicated language desk found in each city district. Locate your closest Taalwijzer here (website in Dutch). You can also register online by filling in this form (in Dutch).