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Everybody living in Belgium or The Netherlands needs Dutch in order to function effectively in everyday life: to shop, buy or rent a house, work or look for a job, help the children with their homework or communicate with the school, chat with the neighbours, join a sports club, watch and understand TV programmes, etc.

Our language lessons will help you achieve this, offering active exercises for speaking, listening, reading and writing. You can choose either a course that runs twice a week, or a more intensive one (4 times a week). The courses take place at the following locations: KTA Kapellen, De Masten KapellenHoogboom, Essen and Schoten.

Before you can start a Dutch as a Second Language course, you have to make an appointment with the ‘Agentschap voor integratie en inburgering (‘Agency for integration’), to determine which is the appropriate course, the right level and the most suitable trajectory for you. Go to www.integratie-inburgering.be for more information. After that, you can enrol for a Dutch course with CVO-IVORAN. We will be pleased to assist you during the opening hours of the secretary’s office in Kapellen (Pastoor Vandenhoudtstraat 8)

When can I enrol?
For courses starting in September: from 1 June 2017.

Make sure you bring the following:

  • the intake form from the ‘Huis van het Nederlands’ or a certificate issued by your previous school
  • a valid residence permit and
  • a certificate concerning the reduction of the registration fee
  • Please note that payment has to be made immediately, in cash or by bank card, at the point of enrolment

Timetable Dutch as a Second Language

Do you want to have a look at the timetable of the courses for Dutch as a Second Language?
Open the PDF-document timetable of Dutch as a Second Language: timetable of Dutch as a Second Language


You pay per module. The total cost includes the registration fee (€ 0,60 per lesson hour) and other applicable course fee (e.g. for books, lesson materials or photocopies, etc.). If you have a valid certificate you pay a reduced registration fee or in some cases none at all. More information about these certificates can be found at exemptions. If you are working, you can in some cases use ‘opleidingscheques’. Employers can use KMO-cheques.

Course prices can be found on the timetable.


In all levels you are assessed based on a system of ‘spread evaluation’ during the school year.

Apart from this, there are also final exams in levels 1 & 2.

  • In level 1 there is a final written (listening, reading, writing) exam as well as an oral exam (speaking) at the end of the course.
  • In level 2 there is only a written final exam. Your speaking skills are assessed during the lessons, so there is no oral exam.

In levels 3 and 4 there is no longer a final exam.

In order to pass the course you have to score at least 60% out of the total marks (spread evaluation + final exam where applicable). If you score between 50% and 60%, GO!CVO-IVORAN has the discretion to award a pass, after consulting the teachers’ team.