Registration for Dutch language for adults, see below

Have you recently moved from The Netherlands or Belgium and are interested in continuing to study the Dutch language and culture? Are you planning to relocate to The Netherlands or Belgium and want to prepare yourself by learning some Dutch? Or do you simply have a passion for learning languages? 

Everyone is welcome to the one and only Dutch School in Chicagoland! We offer Dutch language and cultural lessons in a classroom setting in Chicago, for children from pre-school to high school, online classes for NT3 students as well as for adults. Under the Chicago page you can find class times, activity calendar, address details and information over school fees. 

Learning Dutch effectively happens through following a comprehensive program of reading, writing, conversation, listening, and last but not least, playing. Interested to learn more? Sign up for a free class today (elementary and high school classes only).

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Dutch language education for adults and CNaVT Exams

Saturdays in Chicago, St. Matthias Elementary

Your teacher will be Frits Lentz, who is experienced in teaching Dutch to adults. For the course curriculum he will be using 'Nederlands in gang'. 

Made up of 4 sessions, 9 classes each, the course requires a minimum of 4 students to enroll.

After taking the four sessions, your level will be CEFR A1 enabling you to take the Dutch Inburgeringsexamen (integration examination for immigrants from outside the EU). 

Further courses are planned for levels up to CEFR B2 - the level required to study at a Dutch language university or institute of higher learning. 

Further information including class dates. times and fees; click here.


The school offers CNaVT (Certificate Nederlands als Vreemde Taal) exams. If you wish to take the CNaVT exam, click here for more information. Please contact Frits Lentz, licensed examiner, to schedule the exam.


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Saturday August 29, 2020
First day of school / Back to School BBQ
Saturday September 5, 2020
No school: Labor Day

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Take a look at our school newspaper (in Dutch) 'de Molenwiek' that all our students receive digitally 3 times a year. Don't forget to also visit our facebook page!

The Schoolguides 2018 - 2019 for both Chicago and Naperville are now available for download.

Government education audit results 

Please click here to view the full report on the inspection performed in October 2018.


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