Anyone intending to live in the Netherlands for a prolonged period must undertake some preparation prior to arrival.
All ‘newcomers’ are expected to have a basic knowledge of the Dutch language and of Dutch society.
This is assessed by means of an examination conducted in your country of origin or current country of residence.
Passing the ‘Civic Integration Examination Abroad’ (Inburgeringsexamen) is one of the criteria for being granted a provisional residence permit, which is required to travel into the Netherlands and in turn is a requirement for being given a residence permit entitling you to settle in the Netherlands.
The civic integration process you undertake prior to coming to the Netherlands is merely the first step in familiarizing yourself with the Dutch language and Dutch society.
Having arrived in the Netherlands, newcomers are required to learn more and to pass a more comprehensive
Civic Integration Examination. This is considered necessary to afford all newcomers the opportunity to take an active part in the economic, social, cultural and political life of the Netherlands.
We offer a learning program to prepare you for your CIE.
This program contains all the topics you have to know for your exam.
If you want to read others' experiences with the Inburgeringsexamen check our Facebook group:
Per hour: R310 / €32 / US$30
- for all study materials: R450 / €35 / US$40 (once-off)
- lesson of 1.5 hour: R425 / €45 / US$40 (10% discount)