Dutch language courses in Singapore

The Dutch’s historical ties to Singapore date back to the early 17th century. Singapore and the Netherlands have a long-standing trading relationship from when the so called VOC (Dutch East India Company) first set foot in the region in the 1600s. By then nowadays Singapore was nominally part of the Johor Sultanate, which was controlled by the Dutch.

When Singapore was founded in 1819, the Netherlands was dissatisfied, as it claimed Singapore was within its purview and wanted the British to withdraw. Eventually the two nations signed the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824, through which the Netherlands recognized the British occupation of Singapore.

The thriving Dutch community in Singapore even established Holland Village in the early 1900s. The neighbourhood now hosts a thriving community of cafes, restaurants and art galleries. 

When Singapore declared independence in the 1965, the Netherlands established diplomatic relations the same year. In this period a Dutch economist, Dr. Winsemius was instrumental in laying the plans for Singapore’s economic future and propelling the island nation into the world stage. 

More than 1,000 Dutch companies have set up offices in Singapore, and nearly 100 Singaporean companies conduct their European operations through offices in the Netherlands. In 2009, the Netherlands was the second largest investor in Singapore, 

Besides Singaporeans working in the Netherlands, recently there is an increasing amount of exchange students and scholars choosing the Netherlands for further developing their carries. DUTCH APPROACH will start Summer 2023 with classroom course in Singapore. But for those who can’t wait to start learning the Dutch language, we do offer online introduction course!

Online courses

Online introduction course to the Dutch language. So, no matter where you live, you can join our courses. Our introduction course is the first step to CEFR* A1 level. Teaching is in small groups of 4 to 6 students. Each course is 10 classes (1 class each week, 2 hours). courses will start in November. The ‘Beginner 1’ course is scheduled for Tuesdays.

  • Online introduction course ‘Beginner 1’:
    • Tuesday afternoon 16:00-18:00 SGP: FEB 7, 14, 21 / MAR 7, 14, 21, 28 / APR 11, 18, 25;
    • Thursday morning 10:00-12:00 SGP: FEB 9, 16, 23 / MAR 9, 16, 23, 30 / APR 13, 20, 27; or
    • Thursday evening 20:00-22:00 SGP: FEB 9, 16, 23 / MAR 9, 16, 23, 30 / APR 13, 20, 27.

For more information and enrollment click here.

Classes are confirmed after the minimum number of students have paid the tuition fee**.

Teaching method

The teaching method,, is identical to our classroom courses, it has a textbook and interactive website. (part 1) is for people who want to learn Dutch quickly in a communicative and interactive way. The website and textbook are equally important, each chapter starts with ‘preparation’ on the website. After the preparation at the interactive website, students can put their new knowledge into practice during the online class. In every chapter there is also attention for Dutch culture. Homework (through the website) for the course will be approximately 2 to 3 hours a week (20 to 30 minutes per day). The language of instruction is English. The teachers are Dutch natives and have online teaching experience.

More advanced courses

If you already have followed a Dutch language course and have obtained some language skills, DUTCH APPROACH can offer language courses from level A1 to C2. If you are interested in joining one of our more advanced courses, please contact

*) Common European Framework of Reference for Languages / 歐洲語言共同參考框架 / Kerangka Eropah untuk Tahap Kompetensi Bahasa

**) Refund of the tuition fee is determined according to DUTCH APPROACH’s refund policy.