Inburgering – Civic Integration Exam

Inburgering diploma course now online.

Dutch & Such language courses are all online. We use Google Classroom for sharing assignments. For the live online sessions with my instruction, and questions from the class, we use Microsoft Teams.

Prior to the course, you will receive a link which allows you to log on to the sessions in Teams and the assignments in Google Classroom.

If you’d like to sign up for my Inburgering course please hit the Join Now button at the top of this page. I look forward to seeing you online! For now, stay safe everyone.

Do you need to study for the Inburgeringsexamen (Civic Integration Test) and get Dutch Citizenship or permanent residency?  Then please get in touch with me here. Inburgering students at Dutch & Such have a 95% success rate. One reason is I keep the classes small (max. 10). So that individual attention is guaranteed. Small groups = big results.

Starting date:17 September 2020
Cost:€ 395.- (excluding book)
Course dates:17, 24 September
1, 8, 22, 29 October
5, 12, 19, 26 November

Duration:10 weeks
Class times:17:00 - 18:30
Course Book: Welkom in Nederland chapter 1 to 10

Please note!

To start the Inburgering Diploma course your Dutch must be at A2 level.

Before you sign up for the inburgering course, please test your level of Dutch by using our online checklist.

It is worth noting that the Dutch government is planning to raise the level of the inburgering exam to level B1 by July 2021. However, if you have been living in the Netherlands between 2013 – 2021 you stay in the A2-level inburgering category. Here is a link from DUO with a bit more information.

The fee includes all Dutch & Such worksheets, and additional PDFs, and online content that I share in Google Classroom. Dutch & Such is certified, so a course with me is VAT free!


The general rule for homework is as follows:

For each individual class, you need to factor in the same amount of time for the homework.

Say, for instance, you have a 90-minute class once a week, then the time you should spend on the homework should reflect that.

Bear in mind it is more productive to do your homework in three half-hour sessions spread out through the week, than in one 90-minute session. The secret to learning is routine.

The inburgering course covers the 10 chapters out of the book Welkom in Nederland.
Here is an overview of the topics:
  1. Nederland leren kennen
  2. De mensen in Nederland
  3. Gezondheid en gezondheidszorg in Nederland
  4. Wonen in Nederland
  5. Dienstverlening in Nederland
  6. Opvoeding en onderwijs in Nederland
  7. Werken in Nederland
  8. Samenleven in Nederland
  9. De geschiedenis van Nederland
  10. Politiek in Nederland
The book comes with a website with lots of practice tasks, videos and useful links.

Preview or pre-order our course book ‘Welkom in Nederland’ (this is a new edition).

There is a maximum of 10 people per course. There is a minimum of 4 applicants for the course to be viable. I will let you know if the course does not go ahead. If so, then naturally you will be offered a different course, a credit note or a refund.

Read more on Inburgering

For people who have a permanent job it is possible to be exempt from the ONA Portfolio.

Click here for the online form to apply for exemption.

For the latest news (August 2015) on the EU laws in relation to Inburgering check this article.

Latest update on Inburgering (January 2015)

The latest developments concerning the inburgering exam.

(translated from a LinkedIn forum on inburgering)

You can find the link to a mock exam on DUO’s website here:

In January 2015 a new section was added to the inburgering exam. It is called the O.N.A. (Oriëntatie Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt) Portfolio. This portfolio section is for people who have arrived in the Netherlands and apply for the inburgering test on or after 1-1-2015. The portfolio can be submitted to DUO online. Once it has been approved you need to do a portfolio interview at one of the DUO exam locations.

(Source LinkedIn – Inburgering Group – Written by Ad Appel – NT2 specialist)

Inburgering and NT2 diploma

Since de wet inburgering (citizenship law) came into effect in 2007 many non-EU citizens living in the Netherlands have to follow a programme for Inburgering (civic integration). The alternative to the inburgering diploma is to do the NT2-programme.

One of the problems people face is the municipal communication about the various programmes, and which programme fits your needs and skills. Very often the Inburgering programme is confused with the NT2 diploma programme. If this is all Dutch to you, please read on.

For Dutch citizenship, there are three different routes to take. These are generally separate routes, and not to be taken one after the other. It is important to choose the route that is right for you. Your choice should be determined by first assessing what you need the diploma for; naturalization for instance.

1. Inburgeringsexamen

Since 2007 75% of examinees have passed the Inburgeringsexamen. (Source: NRC Handelsblad) The following exerpt is from on 13 November 2012.

The Inburgeringsexam has 6 parts:

  1. Toets Kennis van de Nederlandse Samenleving (KNS)
  2. Toets Gesproken Nederlands (TGN)
  3. Toets Lezen, level A2
  4. Toets Luisteren, level A2
  5. Toets Schrijven, level A2
  6. Portfolio Oriëntatie Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt (ONA) – including the interview (50 minutes with 2 employees of DUO)

KNM – Knowledge of Dutch Society

The theory part of the Inburgeringsexamen tests your Knowledge of Dutch Society (KNM).

You need a 60% score to pass this part of the programme. And… you can keep retaking this exam if you don’t pass.

The speaking test

To do the speaking test, you have to respond to short videos using a few sentences of spoken Dutch for each video. You are in a shared room with other candidates. You wear a headset and a microphone which is hooked up to a PC. Your spoken Dutch response is recorded and played back later for assessment.

Reading, Listening and Writing

The reading and listening tests are multiple-choice and taken on a PC. The writing test is done with pen and paper. You have to write short notes or emails, fill in forms and complete unfinished sentences.

Portfolio Oriëntatie Nederlands Arbeidsmarkt (ONA)

In addition to the 5 tests mentioned so far, you also have to create a portfolio as evidence of your orientation on the Dutch job market. Once you have completed this task, and your portfolio has been submitted, you are asked to come and speak about your portfolio. One or two examiners will ask you questions about your portfolio, mainly to test whether your answers are authentic. All this of course in Dutch. This takes around 50 minutes.

2. NT2 Examen Programma 1

The NT2 Examen Programma 1 is mainly to prove your Dutch language skills if you are working in Dutch in the Netherlands. Programma 1 means that you have done a vocational degree i.e. you are a trained receptionist, carpenter, hairdresser, waiter, cook, electrician etc.

The NT2 Programma 1 exam falls into 4 parts. For each part you receive a certificate. When you have 4 certificates you are awarded the diploma. The diploma gets you Dutch citizenship, and exempts you from the Inburgeringsexamen.

Having this NT2 exam on your CV will increase your chances of a job within a Dutch organization considerably.

If you have a University degree or a higher education degree at Bachelor or Masters level then this exam is not for you. You need to do the NT2 Examen Programma 2.

2. NT2 Examen Programma 2

You have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and you are a knowledge immigrant with a profession in science, law, finance, education, healthcare, business, research etc.

The NT2 Programma 2 exam falls into 4 parts. For each part you pass you receive a certificate. When you have 4 certificates you are awarded the diploma. The diploma gets you Dutch citizenship and exempts you from the Inburgeringsexamen.

The 4 certificates are for reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

This exam is the highest level of Dutch a non-native speaker can achieve. It is equivalent to the IELTS Proficiency English diploma. Having this NT2 diploma on your CV will increase your chances of a job within a Dutch organization considerably.

In general these tests and exams are conducted through the municipality or university. For instance you can do the training and take the tests for the NT2 Examen Programma 2 at the University of Amsterdam or the ROC. For the inburgering you would have to go through your local ‘gemeente’ or ‘stadsdeel’.

Dutch & Such offers support for all 4 of these programmes. The success rate at Dutch & Such for passing the Inburgeringsexamen is 95%. If you are interested in guidance and coaching for any of the above-mentioned exams or tests please feel free to contact Nick Walker. For further details please fill in the contact form.