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Civic integration

Civic integration

Key themes include the development of Dutch language skills such as reading, listening, writing and speaking and a knowledge of Dutch society. The content of the programme is determined in consultation with the course participant and may focus on work, upbringing, education, social participation and entrepreneurship.

Every civic integration programme participant brings his own knowledge and experience to the Netherlands and this requires a civic integration course that will suit him or her. That is why Quality Communication offers a customised programme for all civic integration programme participants. Anything they learn is applied in practice immediately. Key themes include knowledge of Dutch society, the skills to actively take part within the ultimate goal (work, upbringing or education, social participation, entrepreneurship) and extending the language skills. This gives course participants more self-confidence, allowing them to actively take part in society, with a job being the most desirable result.

Course participants can work on an individual basis or in groups. During that process, we take into account the job which the civic integration programme participant can and wants to do. As such, electricians, carpenters or nurses will be thoroughly prepared for their jobs. This approach has yielded wonderful results. In terms of customer satisfaction, course participants give Quality Communication 8.8 points (out of ten), a fantastic score. Also, the number of people dropping out is virtually zero. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, therefore, that Quality Communication is among the five best language schools for civic integration programme participants every year.

Important information about civic integration

When you move to the Netherlands from another country, you have to ‘integrate’. This means you have to learn the Dutch language and you need to know about Dutch society. Your language skills and knowledge will be tested by means of a civic integration examination. When you pass this exam, you are integrated.

Quality Communication offers civic integration courses.

What we offer

  • A free intake test and advice
  • Classes in small groups
  • A lot of personal attention from the teacher You will be learning the language fast and correctly
  • Qualified, expert and experienced teachers
  • Course material that is geared to your learning level
  • A comfortable and modern learning environment
  • Examination training

If you don’t want to take the course in a group, you can also follow an individual civic integration course. Please contact us for more information.

Compulsory civic integration

If you were born abroad and want to live and work in the Netherlands, you have to complete a civic integration programme. This does not apply when you:

  • Are younger than 18 or older than 65;
  • Have lived in the Netherlands for eight years or more before you turned 16;
  • Hold a passport of the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland;
  • Passed the short exemption test.


You have to pass the exam within three years

If you have to complete a civic integration programme, you need to take the exam within three years. If you fail the civic integration exam, you have to take a resit until you pass. We recommend completing a good course first before taking the exam.


What happens when you fail to pass the exam in time?

If you do not cooperate properly and fail to pass the exam in time, you will be given a fine. Furthermore, no open-ended residence permit will be issued. 


Not obliged to but still want to integrate? You can!

If you are not obliged to integrate but still want to learn Dutch, you can, of course, still take a civic integration or language course. After all, if you’re able to use Dutch properly, you’ll feel more comfortable here and you can actively participate in society, for instance, by following a study or finding a job.



When you’ve passed the exam, you’ll receive a letter with an invitation to the certificate award ceremony. The letter explains where and when the certificate will be awarded. If you failed the exam, you can take a resit. You do have to register again and you will need to pay the examination fee again.

Loan for course and examination

You can borrow money for a literacy course, a civic integration course or for a course Dutch as a second language (NT2) but only if you take the course at an approved school. You can also borrow money for the civic integration exam or the NT2 exam. Quality Communication is an approved school.

Can I take out a loan?

Almost every civic integration programme participant can take out a loan, including those from an EU/EEA country, Turkey or Switzerland if your income isn't high enough. If you are not obliged to integrate but still want to do so, we recommend contacting DUO on +31 (0)50 599 96 00.

Which course suits you best?

Civic integration courses are offered at different levels. So which course will suit you best? Quality Communication offers a free intake test. We will determine your current level of the Dutch language, as well as your learning level. Based on that information, we’ll advise you on the course that suits you best.

Free advice

If you are looking for personal and free advice, please contact Quality Communication. You can call us on +31 (0)342 422 866 or click here. We’re happy to help.

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