Find the right Dutch course for you

Learning a language is different for everyone, and each of these courses varies in teaching style, outcome, course materials, price and class structure. Check the schools’ websites for open days, or arrange to sit in on a lesson to get a feel for the class before you sign up. Read on for a list of the major organisations that offer Dutch language courses as well as tips on finding a private tutor. In Amsterdam, some Dutch courses are also available to eligible residents for free.

Language schools that are partners of IN Amsterdam

Alliance Française Amsterdam – A cultural centre that specialises in teaching French (and Dutch) as a foreign language to an international audience, for all levels and ages.

Berlitz Schools of LanguageBerlitz offers effective language training for adults, kids and teens, as well as intercultural and business solutions for corporate clients.

Flowently – develop practical and social conversation skills with a private tutor online or meet up in town for 'snap the city' and 'learn Dutch live' sessions. A welcome 3-hour crash course is available for newcomers.

Katakura – a great choice for busy Amsterdammers, Katakura offers several different combinations of times, dates and intensity levels and holds courses at two locations.

Regina Coeli – located approximately an hour outside of Amsterdam, Regina Coeli has a proud history of intensive week-long Dutch courses designed by ‘the nuns of Vught’.

Taalthuis – At Taalthuis you can follow courses at different levels, online or face-to-face in a classroom.

Talencoach – a seven-day immersion course, known as the ‘Dutch brainwash’ uses humour to make learning the language enjoyable.

UvA Talen – the University of Amsterdam’s INTT institute offers courses to students, staff and graduates, as well as internationals that are not connected to the university.

Volksuniversiteit – an adult education centre in Amsterdam’s city centre that has more than 100 years of experience in teaching Dutch to speakers of other languages.

VU-NT2 – designed to prepare students for the NT2 exam, this course at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is aimed at anyone with secondary education.

Amsterdam street sign bike 

Learn Dutch for free - municipal courses

The City of Amsterdam is working to encourage new residents to learn Dutch. Some citizens are eligible for free language courses with officially recognised organisations. For more information on free Dutch courses in Amsterdam, visit the City of Amsterdam website.

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Find a private tutor

If you prefer a one-on-one approach to learning Dutch or want to speed the process along, a private tutor might be the solution for you.

Many of the organisations listed above, such as Flowently, offer private lessons in addition to group classes. Alternatively, agencies such as Dutch Ready have been established to match students with tutors for lessons in person or online. The extremely high level of English proficiency in The Netherlands means that everyone is a potential tutor - even sites like Marktplaats are worth exploring if you prefer less structure than a typical course. 

Amsterdam university of applied sciences students

Gilde Amsterdam: a social experience

If you’re looking for a fun and unorthodox approach to improving your Dutch, Gilde Amsterdam is worth a look (website in Dutch). The organisation offers international with a basic command of Dutch the chance to further improve their skills by pairing up for informal chats with native Dutch speakers. If you aren't too keen on entering the classroom but do want to improve your Dutch (and make some friends along the way), this may be for you.