In recent years, Elycio Talen has been recognised for its highly successful civic integration programme. This is evident from our success rates that far exceed the national average.
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What is civic integration?
If you come to live in the Netherlands you are obliged integrate. In order to do so, you must first learn the Dutch language. And you must learn how people in the Netherlands live and work. Once you have learned enough, you can take a civic integration exam. If you pass, you are integrated.
When do I have to integrate?
If you come from a non-EU country, Switzerland or Turkey or have been issued a residence permit from the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service) and you are planning to live and work in the Netherlands, you are obliged to integrate. In some cases, newcomers do not have to take a civic integration exam, e.g. if they cannot pass the exam due to psychological or physical impairments.
What are the advantages for me?
There are many advantages. For example, if you integrate (and therefore learn the language, among other things), it will be easier to find work, look for a house, make an appointment with a doctor or hospital and go shopping. You learn about the country and the rules. Knowing and respecting Dutch norms and values is also part of integration.
How much time am I allowed?
Once you have received your residence permit you have three years to complete the civic integration programme or pass the NT2 state exam. This is called the integration period. You will receive a letter from DUO (Education Executive Agency) that states when your integration period starts.
Which exams do I need?
The civic integration exam consists of two subjects: the Dutch language and knowledge of Dutch society. Your knowledge of the Dutch language is tested at language level A2. The language exam consists of 4 parts: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Orientation on the Dutch Labour Market (ONA) is also an important part of the exam. This helps you to gain a better understanding of how to look for work in the Netherlands. You are integrated when you pass every part.
Can I also attend a course?
You can, but then you need to have a better command of the Dutch language. Would you also like to follow a senior secondary vocational education (MBO) programme? Then you must have a command of the language at the B-1 level. You can then take the state exam NT2-1 after the civic integration test.
Would you like to follow a course in higher professional education (HBO) or at a university? Then you need to master the language at the B-2 level. You do not have to take the integration exam if you passed the NT2 state exam. If you would like to start in a group with the end goal at the B1 or B2 level, we start with a learning ability test.
We can then tell you whether this training is indeed the best choice for you.
We fully tailor your curriculum, study materials, working methods, frequencies, times and terminology to your wishes. We use a proven result-oriented method with maximum attention from the trainer for the best results.
Why should I choose Elycio Talen?
Elycio Talen (leernederlands.nl) would like to help you learn the Dutch language and culture. Many participants have preceded you in recent years with outstanding results. We believe it is important that you receive personal attention and that you can immediately put into practice what you have learned.
When you attend classes at Elycio Talen, everything revolves around participating and practicing. The most important consideration is that you learn by doing.
We are convinced that the best way to learn a language is by actively participating and practicing. It is important that you learn to speak Dutch, not that you learn how the language is put together. It is important that your message is conveyed.
How do I pay for this?
Taking lessons and obtaining the diploma are not free. You must pay for them. The cost depends on the number of lessons you need. If you can prove that you are unable to pay, you can apply for a loan from DUO. You must complete the DUO application form for this.
You will need a DigiD to log in. With a DigiD you can securely log in to websites that contain personal information about you. You will receive your login information within one week.
If you need help in applying for a loan or DigiD, you can also give someone else permission to complete the application form on your behalf. You then first send the authorisation form to DUO in which you give the authorised person official permission. We can also help you with this.
What can I do after the exam?
Once you have passed the exam, you can participate better in Dutch society. You can then pursue a study or training and are more likely to find work.
Will I receive a passport?
No, you must be naturalised for that. Naturalisation is the acquisition of Dutch nationality (‘you become a Dutch citizen’). If you have the Dutch nationality, you are entitled to a Dutch passport. You also receive additional rights such as the right to vote. Integration is an obligation, but naturalisation is a choice. You can also choose to have a permanent residence permit to be able to live in the Netherlands.
You can sign up below for one of our civic integration programmes. After contacting the office in your vicinity, we will make an appointment for a (free) initial interview.
The initial interview at Elycio Talen consists of a consultation with one of our integration trainers and a test to determine your entry level. Following the initial interview, in consultation with the trainer, we look at the best placement for you. That way, you will always find a group with an appropriate level and the most suitable pace.
How long does the initial interview take?
The initial interview takes about an hour.
How much does it cost?
The initial interview is free of charge and without obligation.
What do I have to bring along?
During the initial interview, we would like to receive some papers from you such as the letters from DUO (Notification of Obligation to Integrate and/or Application/Granting Loan). This will facilitate a smooth application and registration.
What happens afterwards?
In the meantime we prepare and send you a quotation. It will include the lessons you can take and what they cost. If you agree to our offer, you can sign and return the quotation.
If there is an appropriate group for you, you can take a trial lesson (free of charge and without obligation). After the trial lesson we discuss your experiences and those of the trainer. If you are both satisfied with the trial lesson, you will be officially enrolled.
What if there is no space?
If we cannot find an appropriate group for you, you will be placed on the waiting list. We will contact you as soon as more information about a new group becomes available.
How large are the groups?
The maximum group size at Elycio Talen is 14 participants.
Contract and payment
If there is a group in which you can start, a contract will be drawn up for you. You must sign it during the first lesson. From that moment on you are officially enrolled at Elycio Talen. During the initial intake, you are also asked about the duration of the contract. You can choose 3 months, 6 months, 12 months or possibly 18 months.
How long will the course take?
That depends on your entry level. On average, it takes 12 months to go from level 0 to level A2 (civic integration exam). It can also take longer or shorter, depending on your learning pace.
Can I terminate the contract?
The contract can be terminated during the term of the contract. The notice period is 1 month, starting from 3 months.
How can I pay?
If there is a DUO loan, you will be billed quarterly. This is the maximum permitted amount for DUO to be invoiced per participant per 3 months. If you pay for the course yourself, you will be billed monthly.
We have 3-, 6- or 9-month contracts: free of VAT and including books, practice tests, copies and extra materials. This is exclusive of a compulsory examination component for all persons with an obligation for civic integration: the ONA module.
Course hours and content
The training programme is 3 half-days per week, in which each half-day is 3 hours. Our classes are only held in the morning and afternoon, every day except Sunday.
The morning session lasts from 9.00 to 12.00. The afternoon session varies per trainer and per group, and can run from 12.15 to 15.15 or from 13.00 to 16.00. In total, there are 9 hours of class per week.
Some groups only have a class in the afternoon, other groups only in the morning.
In general, most groups alternate between both. No agreements/promises can be made in advance on which part of the day you will have a class.
How many hours does it take?
The training has an average study load of 10 to 15 hours a week.
What method do you use?
Methods we use during the integration classes include Stap, Taal Compleet A1/A2, Welkom in Nederland (for the KNM exam component), Taaltalent, De Opmaat, Vooruit, De Sprong and De Finale.
What if the level is not suitable for me?
Each participant has a progress report every three months. We look at whether your level still fits with the lessons you are taking and your group. This is done via interim tests such as the VNT2 tests from Bureau ICE. If it appears that it is advisable for you to follow a faster or slower programme, we will see whether there is another group (and that means another schedule). If it appears that you are in the right group, nothing else happens and you simply continue in the same group.
Can I move up to a higher level?
It is also possible to move up to level B1/B2 (State Exam Programme I/II). This diploma is necessary to continue to a Dutch MBO programme, HBO programme or university study. During the initial intake, we discuss your goal and adapt your programme to it.