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Language skills

Information for international students

The UvA provides services to help you gain Dutch language skills or learn another language.

English Language Proficiency Test (IELTS)

The UvA offers an opportunity to take an IELTS test to third-year Bachelor's students, students going to study abroad through an UvA exchange, and Master's students. The test is free of charge. You will need to apply in person at the student desk of Student Services. 

Dutch language courses

The Institute for Dutch as a Second Language (INTT) provides Dutch language courses to students from abroad, both intensive summer courses and longer-term courses.


This student-led initiative offers free English and Dutch lessons to anyone with a refugee background, including non-status holders. We offer beginner to advanced level classes, and can help prepare students for the IELTS or other language exams.

Courses are 8 weeks long, and offered 4 times a year starting in September, November, February and April. Find out more on the Right2Education website

Student Language Exchange

The Student Language Exchange (SLE) is an online message board where students can connect with each other to learn or practice languages. Common examples of posts include ‘My Dutch for your German,’ or ‘My English for your Spanish.’ The SLE is a joint project of the Erasmus Student Network and the ASCA Student Union.

The Language Academy

The Language Academy offers academic-quality, online language courses, with a fast learning curve and result-oriented lessons. The Language Academy was developed by UvA Talen, the University of Amsterdam’s independent language centre.

UvA Talen

UvA Talen is the independent language centre of the University of Amsterdam. We offer language courses, translation services, interpreting and copywritng services.