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Improve your Dutch for employee and student participation

Understanding Dutch in participation councils

Are you a member of a VU participation council* and at least a B1, or almost a B2 speaker of Dutch? Are the meetings generally in Dutch and do you struggle to understand your fellow members? Or are the documents hard to read?

This tutorial in Understanding Dutch in Participation Councils can help you out! If your general language skills are not yet at the B2 level, you may have to take one or more courses on Dutch for work and study prior or parallel to the tutorial.

You're in charge: what do you want to learn, what do you need? Your teacher will coach you through your personalised learning process. The faculty will pay any costs involved, which will be set out in a quote. 

Your teacher will be an experienced NT2 teacher with excellent knowledge of the language used in participation council meetings.

*Such as the University Works Council or the University Student Council, a Faculty or Service Works Council, a Faculty Student Council, a Programme Council or another council that your faculty or service department considers a participation council. 

More information about this course
Date, costs and application  


For information about about the application process

visit the webpage Application

Or you can come by the VU-NT2 service desk.
VU-NT2 Service desk is located at the VU Service Centre on the ground floor in the VU main building. Open Monday till Friday from 1 to 5 pm. Please note that it is not possible to register for a course at the service desk, only via our online registration forms.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

For inquiries about the language courses and application process you can

send an e-mail to

or call for an appointment: +31 (0)20 5986398 (Mon-Fri van 13.00 tot 17.00 uur)