Win a Dutch course at Leiden University’s Language Centre

IamExpat, in cooperation with Leiden University’s Language Centre, is offering a Dutch language course for FREE!

About the competition

Languages offer an interesting window on people's perception of the world surrounding them. A closer look at the Dutch language may reveal concepts, attitudes and opinions, which are part of the Dutch heritage. Native inhabitants of the Netherlands may not even be aware of the underlying values transported by the language that is an integral part of their being Dutch.

Therefore, expats living in the Netherlands are an interesting source of information about hidden aspects of the Dutch culture as expressed by the Dutch language.

How to participate

Can you come up with a Dutch proverb or idiomatic expression which reveals underlying or hidden preconceptions of the Dutch people? Describe how the proverb or idiomatic expression is characteristic of the Dutch way of viewing the world and highlight the difference with your own native language!

Please send your reply together with your name and phone number by December 18, 2014, to:

Submissions (500 words maximum) should be in English and will be assessed on the basis of:

  • logical structure of the argument, and
  • originality

Prize details

The winner of the competition will get one of the following Dutch courses starting in January 2015:
Dutch 1 | Dutch 2 | Dutch 3

More info about the schedules can be found here.


  • The winner will be contacted by e-mail and will also be announced on the competition page of the Academic Language Centre's website and on its Facebook page.
  • The normal fee for participants is 685 euros for this type of course.
  • The winner can choose between daytime and evening courses and is strongly advised to take a free placement test.

Special offer for all participants

All participants will receive a gift when subscribing to any Dutch or English course starting in January or February 2015. All you have to do is fill in the form on the Academic Language Centre’s website after submitting your contribution!

About The Academic Language Centre

The Academic Language Centre is part of the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University and provides language services both to students and staff of Leiden University and to external parties (individual learners and institutions).

Leiden University’s Language Centre works with experienced teachers who are specialists in providing language and cultural training to candidates with a higher academic background. The Centre offers language teaching in a wide range of languages, from beginners to advanced level. Cultural aspects constitute a firm feature of all courses on offer.

Useful links

For more info visit The Academic Language Centre website and / or:

Leiden University Academic Language Centre

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