Dutch Language School in Utrecht

About the One-Year Program


The One-Year Dutch Language & Social Studies Program (OYP) is a full-time Dutch language study course designed for those who are interested in comprehensive study of Dutch from "from A to Z".

The 2017/2018 program starts on the 18th of September 2017 and is approximately eight months long and includes twenty hours of study a week. The program includes the four levels of Dutch courses taught at Dutch First, a social study course and an additional grammar course. 

The program allows students to progressively build up their knowledge of Dutch language by working regularly with different texts, applying new vocabulary in everyday conversation, working with grammatical structures, under the supervision of the professional and qualified teacher.

The One Year Program gives students a possibility to practice the Dutch language and encourage them to use the language outside of Dutch First. Through this immersive study schedule, students notice that their ability to communicate and understand their surroundings improves with every session.

Sessions are held daily from Monday to Thursday from 9:15 to 13:30, with two sessions of 45 minutes, one session of 90 minutes, and one session of practical Dutch.
 OYP 645 hours
 Session 1
 Practical Dutch:
  • conversation
  • self-study 
  • project work
  • language lab
 Session 2
 Session 3

The regular sessions focus on the study of texts, vocabulary and grammar. Students will be gradually introduced to new topics and grammatical rules, to be further worked on during practical Dutch sessions. In small groups, students will work on hands on use of vocabulary and grammar, and work with pronunciation as well as listening comprehension skills.

Practical Dutch will vary from day to day between conversation studies, self-study, project work and a language lab in order to boost everyday use of Dutch.

To apply for the One-Year Program at Dutch First you must have the following qualifications:

- Minimum age of 18 years.
- Be familiarized with the Latin alphabet (a,b,c, etc).
- Have completed secondary school education.

Participation in our courses does not require advanced knowledge of the English language.
Students do not need to present certificates of passed exams in English such as TOEFL and IELTS.
Comprised of small groups of 8 to 14 people, the One-Year Program provides an intensive yet comfortable environment for learning the language so as to maximize success.

At the end of the OYP, the student will receive an official certificate that will confirm that the student has participated in and successfully completed the program. Every lesson hour the student attends during the program will be documented. The total amount of lesson hours will also be noted on the certificate.

IMPORTANT: To receive the certificate, a minimum attendance of 90% is required. The cost of the certificate is included in the course price. Additional copies can be issued at the reception for € 5,- per copy.

After completion of the Program
After completing the program, participants will be at level B2 based on the language levels described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

If participants have attended all sessions and completed all assignments, they should be ready to take the NT2 State exams, program II. With this exam participants show their competence in the Dutch language for employment in The Netherlands or for those who wish to study at a Dutch university. For more information about the State Exams click here.

Price for the whole One Year Program (645 hours): 
€ 5.580,-*

The course fee for the One Year Program can be paid in four equal instalments after consultation with the reception. This possibility applies only to persons with residence in the Netherlands and who have a Dutch Personal number (BSN). Due to administrative reasons, this option is only possible when the participant informs the school about this directly when signing up.

* Price for private costumers. For company costumers and in-company requests different prices apply. Courses in regular groups on school premises: regular price + 20%. In-company customized courses: prices on request