Summer courses Utrecht

The best summer experience of your life! Utrecht University has been organising the Utrecht Summer School since 1986 and has grown into the largest provider of summer courses in the Netherlands. Every year, the Utrecht Summer School welcomes more than 3,500 students from more than 120 countries.

In collaboration with Utrecht University, this year Babel will offer more than 30 summer courses in English and Dutch. Boost your language skills this summer, discover Utrecht and expand your world. You will not only work on your English or Dutch but will also have the opportunity to meet new people from all over the world. Not only during the daily language lessons, but also during the activities that we organise. Read here, for example, about how Pierpaolo experienced his summer in Utrecht.



Utrecht Summer Courses: practical information

The Summer Courses take place in July and August. The length of these courses varies between one and six weeks. In the tables below you will find information about the courses we offer and their starting dates. You can register for the language course of your choice via the Utrecht Summer School website.

We are working on the assumption that the courses will be able to take place on location at Babel, in the heart of Utrecht centre. If this is not possible, we will move the courses to our virtual classroom. On this page, you can find more information about learning online and you can view a virtual classroom demo.


Summer Courses English 2021

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Cambridge English First (B1 → B1+)05 July 2021 – 15 July 2021Sign up
Cambridge English First (B1 → B2)05 July 2021 – 29 July 2021Sign up
Cambridge English First (B1+ → B2)19 July 2021 – 29 July 2021Sign up
Cambridge English Advanced (B2 → B2+)05 July 2021 – 15 July 2021
02 August 2021 – 12 August 2021
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Cambridge English Advanced (B2 → C1)05 July 2021 – 29 July 2021
02 August 2021 – 26 August 2021
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Cambridge English Advanced (B2+ → C1)19 July 2021  29 July 2021
16 August 2021 – 26 August 2021
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Cambridge English Proficiency (C1 → C1+)02 August 2021 – 12 August 2021Sign up
Cambridge English Proficiency (C1 → C2)02 August 2021 – 26 August 2021Sign up
Cambridge English Proficiency (C1+ → C2)16 August 2021 – 26 August 2021Sign up
Introduction to Academic English05 July 2021 – 09 July 2021Sign up
English for Academic Purposes (B2 → B2+)19 July 2021 – 29 July  2021
16 August 2021 – 26 August 2021
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IELTS Preparation (B2 → B2+)02 August 2021 – 12 August 2021Sign up
Teaching in English16 August 2021 – 20 August 2021Sign up

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Summer Courses Dutch 2021

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Dutch For Beginners (A0 → A2)05 July 2021 – 12 August 2021Sign up
Dutch Language Level 1 (A0 → A1-)05 July 2021 – 15 July 2021
19 July 2021 – 29 July 2021
02 August 2021 –  12 August 2021
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Dutch Language Level 2 (A1 → A1+)19 July 2021 – 29 July 2021
02 August 2021 – 12 August 2021
16 August 2021 – 26 August 2021
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Dutch Language Level 3 (A1+ → A2)02 August 2021 – 12 August 2021Sign up
Dutch Language Level 4 (A2 → B1)05 July 2021 – 29 July 2021Sign up
Dutch Language Level 5 (B1 → B2)02 August 2021 – 26 August 2021Sign up
Dutch Language Level 6 (B2 → B2+)05 July 2021 – 15 July 2021Sign up
Dutch Language Level 7 (B2+ → C1)19 July 2021 – 29 July 2021Sign up
Dutch Language for German-Speaking Students (A0 → B2)28 June 2021 – 16 July 2021Sign up
Dutch Language for German-Speaking Students incl. State Exam (A0 → B2)28 June 2021 – 29 July 2021Sign up

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Utrecht Summer Courses: frequently asked questions

How can you register for a summer course?
The English and Dutch summer language courses are offered in partnership between the University of Utrecht and Babel. You can register via the Utrecht Summer School website (link above). You will also find registration links in the table above.
Can you register with a DUO loan?
Registering for the Dutch summer courses at the Utrecht Summer School with a DUO loan is only possible if your teacher gives (or has given) permission for this at the intake or during a previous course at Babel. If you are eligible, you can simply register for a course via the Utrecht Summer School website. When registering, write in the ‘Comments’ field that you are using a DUO loan. You can register up to 6 weeks before the start of the summer course.
What kinds of (social) activities are organised during the Utrecht Summer School?
You will have the summer of your life! In addition to the challenging academic courses, we also provide a great activity programme. For example, city trips will be organised, museum visits, and sports activities. There is also plenty of time to discover the (night) life in Utrecht, for example through a scavenger hunt or a pub quiz. More information can be found here.
Where can I stay during my summer course?
The Utrecht Summer School offers you the opportunity to use their student accommodation. This is located in the centre of Utrecht, just outside of the centre, or in De Uithof, which is the university’s science campus. You can also choose to stay in a hotel. More information can be found here.
How will know if I am starting my course at the right level?
After you have registered, we ask you to take a language test. The result of the test will be assessed by one of our teachers. Based on the result of this level test, we will advise which course will suit you best. If you have questions about this after have received our recommendations, you can always reach out to us for more information.