Update: we’ve published the dates and prices for 2025!

intensive dutch course for higher educated adults

at our language campus in Drenthe

course + accommodation (optional)

 9-day intensive blocks, 6 different levels

a proven engaging & efficient approach

150 participants/year from all over the world

recognitions: NRTO, CRKBO, Bildungsurlaub

Intensive Dutch course: it’s all about focus!

A Dutch language course once or twice a week after a busy day at work?! This way, it might take ages to reach the next level … especially in a group where people skip class or don’t do the homework.

Therefore: make learning Dutch a priority!

Leave the hassle of your daily live behind. Join us in an inspiring and fun learning environment, that expands beyond the classroom! Join a group in which everyone is committed to learn Dutch fast!

And if you’re travelling from another country, you have all you need: courses + on-site accommodation.

Our students

Every year about 150-200 people from all over the world participate in the Dutch Winter School. Have a look at the pictures and testimonials.


The minimum age is 18 years. About 30% is below 25, 40% between 25-40, and 30% is above 40 years old.


Participants come from all over the over the world, no specific nationalities are overrepresented. Half are expats living in the Netherlands. The other half travels from abroad to do this course.


Relocation, work, study, civic integration exam, Dutch roots and/or relatives. On the higher levels: mainly to improve the positions at the labour market.

Instruction language & education level

Command of the English language is obligatory on the levels 0, A1 and A2 (instruction language). On the higher levels, the teacher speaks only Dutch. The course is fast-paced aimed at higher educated learners.

Click here for more testimonials.

Programme & prices 2024/2025

* If you would like to do a course that is indicated as ‘full’, please send an email to study@bartdepau.com to be listed on the waiting list. Indicate location + course date + level. It often happens that spots come available due to cancellations.

– level 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6
(read: level descriptions)
– date
accommodation (optional)
– 1 or more sessions

Levels are successive. If you choose more than 1 session: make a separate booking for the next level at a later date.

The prices of offline courses include: coffee/tea/water during lessons, access to online package #dutchgrammar-1, #dutchgrammar 2 and #dutchgrammar-3 (from 1 month before the course until 1 month after the course). Book not included.

* 1 academic hour = 45 minutes.

** temporary discount:
– if you book now; there is no fixed deadline for the temporary discount; we terminate the temporary discount once a certain % of the total spots is booked

Please note: for the prices in July/August: check the BLC Dutch Summer School website.

The prices above include taxes in case applicable:
– levels 1 & 2 are excempt from VAT as ‘general language education’
– levels 3, 4, 5, 6 are excempt from VAT as ‘vocational education with CRKBO registration’
– accommodation prices include 9% VAT and tourist tax

Live and Study together!

The Language Campus is:

  • a group of school-owned buildings at a holiday park in Drenthe
  • consisting of 2 group buildings and 10 holiday houses, renovated in 2022
  • room options:
    – shared room, shared bathroom
    – single room, shared bathroom
    – single room, private bathroom
    – double room, private bathroom

The concept:

  • leave the hassle of your daily life behind to focus on your studies
  • join a group of like minded people who all have a priority to learn Dutch
  • study in a quiet nature environment
  • live together with other students in holiday houses
  • classrooms + residence in one place (no travel time)
  • affordable programme: group courses + shared accommodation
  • self catering (to keep it affordable)

Click here for more information about our Language Campus.

Our own method (levels 0, A1, A2, B1, B2)

We developed own learning method: Het Lesboek. Lesboek 1 for level 1+2 (0-A2), Lesboek 2 for 3+4 (A2-B1) and Lesboek 3 for level 5+6 (B1/B2). This method integrates with Bart de Pau’s online materials (the online course #dutchgrammar and the ‘Heb je zin?’ videos where Dutch grammar and vocabulary is applied in daily conversations).

It’s is more than just a book: every lesson is a completely prepared set of presentations, role plays, games, speaking exercises, with a strong focus on applying vocabulary and grammar in real conversations.

Our method is based on the flipped classroom. Learn more in this article why the flipped classroom is so effective.

E-learning: special offer!

The students of the Dutch Winter School will get free access to the e-learning package during the course:
#dutchgrammar-1 (from 0 till A1)
#dutchgrammar-2 (from A1 till A2)
#dutchgrammar-3 (A2/B1)

Access is included:
– from 1 month before the course until 1 month after the course

Can’t wait? You can also buy premium access that gives you 1 year access to these packages (49€ + tax per level). It can be helpful:
– to prepare online prior to the summer
– to review after your summer school participation

Everyone can buy e-learning package #dutchgrammar (also if you don’t attend the Winter School).

Viral videos

Every Winter School, we record videos with our students* about the Dutch language and their experiences with the Dutch culture.

These videos videos have millions of views in total on YouTube and Facebook.

Not only people who learn Dutch watch the videos, also Dutch people like to find out what foreigners think about their country!

Click here to watch the videos recorded at the Dutch Winter School.

* only students who volunteer to participate, no obligations!

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