Learning and practising Dutch

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Are you over 15 years of age and looking for a Dutch language training course? We are happy to help!

We do not do any teaching ourselves. But, together with you, we set out to find the right training course and the school best suited to you. We are also there to answer any questions you have about learning Dutch.


How to contact us?

Call round or make an appointment at a contact point near you.

Do not forget to bring valid proof of identity. If you have already attended a Dutch language training course, be sure to also bring any certificates previously obtained.


What to expect

Intake interview

To make sure we give you the best possible support, we would like to get to know you a little better. Which is why we set up an intake interview at which we inquire about your expectations, your language skills, highest qualification achieved, and so on.


In some cases, we will also invite you to sit a logical reasoning and level test. This enables us to refer you in a way that is even better tailored to your needs.


Lastly, we also provide advice on the Dutch language training course and the school best suited to you. We also provide you with all the practical details to take home (price, location, start date).

All of this takes about 1 hour.


Where can you learn Dutch?

There are any number of schools and organisations where you can learn Dutch. Each school or organisation has its own approach and its own terms of enrolment.

Onthaalonderwijs (OKAN) (Reception Education for non-Dutch-speaking Newcomers)

You are under 18, new to Flanders and do not speak any Dutch.


  • You learn Dutch at a Flemish primary school or in secondary education.
  • You get suitable guidance to further your education.

Centrum voor Basiseducatie (CBE) (Basic Education Centre)

You are 18 or over, do not have good reading or writing skills in Latin characters and/or struggle with learning.


  • You learn Dutch in a small group and at your own pace.
  • You attend day or evening classes.

> Centra voor basiseducatie (Basic Education Centres)

Centrum voor Volwassenenonderwijs (CVO) (Adult Education Centre)

You are 15 years old and you have already attended two years of secondary education, or you are 16 or over. You start with a training course at beginner’s level. If you already speak and write Dutch, the training course starts at a higher level.


  • You learn Dutch in a group. You attend a training course suited to your pace of learning.
  • You attend day or evening classes.

> Centra voor Volwassenonderwijs (Adult Education Centres)

Universitair Talencentrum (UTC) (University Language Centre)

You are 18 or over, hold at least a secondary education qualification and have sufficient experience learning a Western European language.


  • You learn Dutch in a group at a high pace.
  • Part of the training courses involves self-tuition.

> Universitaire Talencentra (University Language Centres)

VDAB (Flanders), Actiris (Brussels) and Syntra

These organisations lay on more specific occupational training courses combined with Dutch language courses. Or they support a training course you are taking elsewhere. For the specific terms and conditions, please contact VDAB, Actiris and Syntra.


Want to practise your Dutch?

Want to practise your Dutch outside of classroom hours?

No problem. In association with Atlas Antwerpen, In-Gent, Huis van Het Nederlands Brussel and vzw de Rand, we support activities to help you practise your Dutch as a non-Dutch speaker.

The 'Nederlands oefenen' (Practising Dutch) website can help you find activities in your local area.