It’s common for internationals to feel overwhelmed by aspects of their new life in the Netherlands. It takes energy and tenacity to find your way in a new country, culture, workplace, home, neighbourhood, school and local Dutch community. For some, it’s hard to imagine grappling with a new language as well - and you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that so many Dutch people speak English. Nonetheless, learning to speak at least some Dutch increases opportunities for employment and study, and it also helps you to build an easier life and establish connections with the locals.
There are many opportunities in the Utrecht Region for learning the Dutch language with a variety of institutions. Each language school has their own techniques, teaching styles, and pricing structure. Some programmes focus on business and tailor-made intensive courses for professionals at all levels, whilst others offer intensive, semi-intensive and extensive Dutch language training with additional lessons in Dutch culture and social life. Several institutes are also CEDEO certified for customer satisfaction and quality.
The Utrecht Region has a number of official partners who can provide language courses at diverse levels. Rest assured, our partners all meet our minimum criteria, such as having all relevant company information available in English (including website, flyers, forms etc) and agreeing to cooperate in our client monitoring project. We regularly request feedback from internationals to assess the quality of our partners' services, their identity remaining private when we share it with our partners. Adjustments will be made to our partner list as appropriate. You can learn more about each of our partners below.