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Language selection

Choose your languages

If you want to study International Business & Languages at the Business School you will learn 2 foreign languages. You will choose 1 language that you will study in an intensive track and 1 language in a regular track.

Intensive track

The intensive track starts at A2.2 level, which means that you must already know the basics of that language.

According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages having reached level A2.1 means that you:

  • can understand sentences en frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). 
  • can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. 
  • can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need. 

All language classes in the intensive track will be taught in the target language. If you for example choose German as your intensive track language the lecturer will only speak German in class! After four years you will reach CEFR level C1 in the intensive track. It is advised to choose your best language in the intensive track. The intensive tracks offers three options: German, French and Spanish. 

Regular track

The regular track will start at absolute beginners' level. After four years the end level of the regular track is B1 according to CEFR. The regular track offers four options: German, French, Spanish and Russian.

Choosing your languages 

After you have applied you will get more information on the language selection. Mother languages are excluded from choosing. If you have a second mother language next to Dutch, this is excluded from your options for language selection.

If you are in doubt whether you are at the right language level please do one of these tests: 

Fast track (three-year programme)

If you want to study International Business & Languages Fast track at the Business School you will learn one foreign language. This language course starts at A2 level, which means that you must already know the basics of that language. According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) having reached level A1 means that you: 

  • can understand and use familiar evryday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. 
  • can introduce themselves and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people they know and things they have. 
  • can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. 

The language classes are very often taught in the target language, but you can ask questions in English. For example: if you choose German the lecturer will mainly speak German in class! After three years you will reach CEFR level B1.  

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