Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. General information

Unless it is expressly stated, the lessons are given on our academy location at Rietwijkerstraat 10, 1059 VZ in Amsterdam.

No, we don’t provide accommodation. For international students that stay only a limited time in Amsterdam, you can try The Student Hotel.

No this is not possible. In The Netherlands it’s only possible to receive a student visa if you are enrolled at a Dutch university.

2. Enrolment procedure

You can enrol and pay directly through the website:

  1. Select in the menu ‘English courses’, ‘Dutch courses’ or ‘Spanish courses’.
  2. Choose the course you want to follow and click on the course.
  3. Enrol through the registration form.
  4. Your enrolment is only definitive once the payment is completed.
  5. For regular group courses: you can order the book(s) via this page.

It’s also possible to come by our school to complete the enrolment and payment. Check our contact page for the opening hours.

3. Courses general

The courses are taught in the language that you are learning. However, in ’emergency’ cases the teacher can explain in English.

The levels in our courses are divided according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The framework works with the following levels:

A0: Absolute beginner
A1: Beginner
A2: Elementary
B1: Pre-Intermediate
B2: Intermediate
C1: Upper-Intermediate
C2: Advanced

If the level of the course is A1, this means that the course works from the A0 level to the A1 level. More information about the levels can be found elsewhere on our website:

It’s possible to join a regular group course until the 3rd lesson, but you won’t be refunded for the missed lessons. After the 3rd lesson it’s not possible to join the course anymore.

With conversation courses it’s possible to join later and in some cases be refunded for the missed lessons. Ask one of the employees of Language Corner about this.

This depends on the type, level and the language of the course:

English group courses: 7 weeks

Dutch group courses level A1: 7 weeks
Dutch group courses level A2-C1: 6 weeks (per part)

Spanish group courses: 7 weeks

Conversation courses: 6 weeks
Intensive (summer) courses: 2 weeks

Yes, if you complete the course successfully you can continue to the next level. After completing a course, students will receive a certificate of participation. Students need to attend at least 75% of the lessons and complete the assignments to receive the certificate.

Our group courses and conversation courses have a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 students. This way we can give the maximum amount of attention to each student.

We set high standards to our teachers. They should match with our concept, need to have educational skills and experience in teaching the language.

Most of our teachers have qualifications to teach English, Dutch or Spanish. However, we find it more important that our teachers really can teach! Certifications don’t say everything, so sometimes the best teachers are the ones that don’t have the qualifications.

All our teachers are native or manage the language like their mother tongue language.

Yes, it is possible to have a (paid) trial lesson, by joining the first lesson of the course. If you don’t want to continue, you only have to pay for the trial lesson (€ 30,00).

However, if you want to take a trial lesson your spot in the course is not yet guaranteed. Only if the payment of the course is completed, your spot in the course is guaranteed.

The minimum age for group courses is 17 years. Private lessons can be given from 5 years old.

In the summer period we also offer intensive English group courses for teenagers. These courses are for teenagers in the age of 14-16 year.

Yes, we have Conversation Courses on Saturdays. Regular group courses are given on weekdays. For the exact schedule, check the individual course.

Private lessons can be given in the weekend, if desired.

Our courses are offered year-round with some breaks in between. However, it is not possible to enrol for 6 months or 1 year. You have to enrol for each course separately.

No, we don’t offer fulltime group courses. However, for private lessons this is possible.

4. Missed lessons

No this is not possible. We try to keep the group size and – composition the same to make the students feel as comfortable as possible. That’s why it’s not possible to recover a missed lesson in another group.

No this is not possible. We find it important that the group stays the same for the whole course.

In regular group courses missed lessons can not be refunded or taken on another moment, because the group works towards a particular level within the given period. However, it’s possible to join the lessons via Skype if you have the chance to.

With conversation courses it’s possible to join later in the course (in case the course is not full) or pay only for the lessons you can attend. But this needs to be arranged before the start of the course.

5. Books

You have to order the books yourself. Check here which books you need for the course and where you can buy them.

Only for the regular group courses books are required. For conversation courses no books are required.

In the description of the course you can find which books are needed for the course.

No, the books are not included in the total price of the course. See the list of group courses for the prices of the books.

6. Certifications and exams

No, we do not provide international certification. These exams are given twice a year in every country and there are some institutions where you can take them. But you need to pay for these exams.

No, we do not specifically prepare for international exams. Our courses focus on reaching a particular level. Most international exams require a certain level, so with our courses you will reach the level that is needed. After that you can prepare for the particular exam.

With private lessons it is possible to prepare you for any exam.

Yes, you will get a certificate of participation at the end of the course if you attended at least the 75% of the lessons and completed the assignments within the course.

7. Payment and Discounts

No, Language Corner doesn’t accept payments through DUO-loans. This is because our group courses don’t specifically prepare for the inburgering exam.

No, as it is a group course, that is not possible. You have to pay for the whole course in advance.

For conversation courses it’s sometimes possible to pay only for the lessons that you going to attend. But this has to be arranged before the course starts.

Please send us an email or fill in a contact form to ask for the bank account details.

In some occasions this is possible. Ask one of the employees at the school for the possibilities.

Yes, if you bring a friend you get 10% of discount on the group course (regular or conversation course) where you are going to sign up for, or 10% discount on the next course if you are already enrolled for a course.

Yes, you will get 20% of discount on the conversation course.

The following payment methods are accepted:

If you sign up through the website:
– iDEAL (Dutch debit card)
– Creditcard (+3% administration fee)
Payment at our school:
– With PIN (debit or credit card)
– Cash
– Bank transfer

Only if the payment is received, your spot in the course is guaranteed.
The payment needs to be received at least one week before the course starts.

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