Understanding the Dutch

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Learning goals

Just as with any other international move, transitioning to a new life in the Netherlands comes with its challenges. Dutch behaviour in business meetings, or communication between managers and employees can be confusing; building new business relations may be demanding. Outside of work, newcomers may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of ‘rebuilding’ their social life in a foreign country.

This programme paves the way to a successful career and social life in the Netherlands:

Cultural and self-awareness

You will become more aware of your own cultural preferences and background, including your reaction to “strangeness”.

Intercultural Assessment

You will complete an intercultural assessment designed to illustrate how you approach intercultural interactions.

Cultural Transition Process

You will develop personal strategies for dealing with the cultural transition process.

Understanding Dutch Patterns of Behaviour

You will improve understanding of Dutch business cultural and behavioural patterns.

Intercultural Communication 

You will acquire skills and strategies to ensure effective intercultural communication.

Business Culture in The Netherlands 

You will improve collaboration in the working environment. You will also explore the new business culture and develop personal strategies on topics such as building relations, negotiating, hierarchy, the role of the manager, and more. 

Living in The Netherlands

You will learn about important practical aspects of living in the new country.

Programme Structure


2 hours self-paced online training and assessment.

Face to face group training

Full day group training after completing e-learning.

Location: KIT Royal Tropical Institute, Mauritskade 64, Amsterdam.  Also possible to join online.

Upcoming training dates:

Group training- Thursday, 12th of May 2022

Seats available:


Review Session

3-6 months after group training, you can join a 2 hour online review session.

Upcoming review sessions: