Language Courses

Even though nearly all Dutch speak good English, learning some Dutch is recommended. It will help you in everyday life and Dutch people will appreciate that you have made the effort.

 

To get official recognition of your Dutch language skills (in order to work for instance), you will need to follow a course that offers a preparation for the NT2 exams. This is administered by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

 

Personal Habituation Budget 

To help newcomers in the Netherlands integrate into the Dutch society, It is possible to get a financial support, so-called Persoonlijk Inburgeringsbudget (Personal Habituation Budget), for this purpose at some municipalities. If that is the case, it is usually only available for people that are obliged to naturalize. For those who are, two different tracks can be followed.

  1. The most extensive one includes an official State examination and an integration examination.
  2. If you meet certain criteria it is possible to follow a shorter course, which has the possibility of not taking the integration exam, but where the State examination is still obligatory.

There are many language schools in the area that offer Dutch courses, as well as various other languages.

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