Using the 1000€ STAP-budget to learn Dutch @ Bart de Pau Language Courses BV

We offer 4 options to use the 1000€ STAP-budget:

Option 1:   2 levels – virtual classroom
– More information about the virtual classrooms: here.
– 2×10 sessions online (76 academic hours* of tuition)
– Mo+We or Tu+Th
– Morning or evening
– Start in September or October 2022

Costs: 990€, covered by STAP-budget: 990 €.
You pay yourself:
– book: 39 €  (we have one book for level 1+2, one book for level 3+4, one book for level 5+6)


Option 2:   2 levels – intensive offline course in Drenthe
– More information about the Dutch Winter School: here.
– 2x weekend+week+weekend (80 academic hours* or tuition)
– 30-09-2022 till 10-10-2022 AND 21-10-2022 till 31-10-2022

Costs: 1190€, covered by STAP-budget-1000€
You pay yourself:
– rest sum education: 190€
– book: 39€  (we have one book for level 1+2, one book for level 3+4, one book for level 5+6)
– accommodation 20 nights: shared room (17€/night), single room (29 €/night), single room private bathroom (51 €/night), double room private bathroom (61 €/night)


Option 3:   1 level extended* – intensive offline course in Drenthe
– More information about the Dutch Summer School and the Dutch Winter School
– weekend+week+weekend or 2 weeks (40 academic hours* of tuition)
– start in August, September, October
– Extended pack includes: book + 1 year #dutchgrammar + online review weekend (13+14 november, 8 academic hours)

Costs: 995 €, covered by STAP-budget- 995€
You pay yourself:
– accommodation 10 nights: shared room (17€/night), single room (29 €/night), single room private bathroom (51 €/night), double room private bathroom (61 €/night)

Option 4:   1 level extended* – intensive offline course in Amsterdam
– More information about the Dutch Summer School
– 2 weeks (mo-fr)
– start in August 08
– Extended pack includes: book + 1 year #dutchgrammar + online review weekend (13+14 november, 8 academic hours)

Costs: 995 €, covered by STAP-budget- 995€
You pay yourself:
– accommodation 10 nights: shared room (17€/night), single room (29 €/night), single room private bathroom (51 €/night), double room private bathroom (61 €/night)

You can use this form to apply.

You cannot use the STAP-budget:
– for the online #dutchgrammar course as a self study package
– for the courses starting in June, July

Starting from 2022, the Dutch government provides funding to improve the position on the labour market of people living in the Netherlands. Dutch language education for foreigners is included in this programme. The government sponsors 1 time per year a course up to € 1000.

The conditions:
– you are between 18 and 67 years old
– you are covered by social security (usually automatically: if you live in the Netherlands or have income in the Netherlands)
– you have a BSN number / digiD.
– you don’t receive student finance / pension / finance for inburgering
– you have not applied for the STAP Budget in the current calendar year
– you are learning Dutch to improve your position at the labour market (not as a hobby!)

Please note! The previous requirement that you or your partner need EU nationality has been dropped! So all nationalities can apply!

If you doubt whether you are eligible or not, you can do the pre-check at UWV‘s website or contact STAP’s telephone number: 088 – 898 22 02

With respect to the course:
– the organisation needs to meet certain standards, like having the NRTO quality mark (which we have)
– the course needs to be listed in the DUO Scholingsregister (our courses will be listed before 1st of July)
– the course has the goal to improve course participant’s position in the labour market

For courses in Autumn 2022:
Step 1: You pre-register at our website. Use this form. You need to do this not later than June 29, the earlier the better! (groups might fill up quickly).
Step 2: We will send you a confirmation of your application by e-mail within 24 hours. That means your spot is reserved.
Step 3: We will send you an official ‘vooraanmelding’ (a pre-registration) in pdf not later than 29th of June + detailed instructions on how to apply (as mentioned in step 4)
Step 4: July 1st at 10:00 o’clock you need to be ready to start your registration at UWV (a department of the Dutch government). Make sure you have your digiD and ‘vooraanmelding’. Make one tab in your browser reserved for the process; and make sure you have something to do in the meantime. It might take 2-3 hours. Everybody is applying at the same time, so there is a huge online virtual line (if you’re not prepared for this, it might be frustrating, just take into account that it will take some time)
Step 5: As soon as it’s your turn, you can login with digiD and upload your ‘vooraanmelding’
Step 6: UWV will take up to 4 weeks to confirm approve your budget.
Step 7: UWV will deal directly with us regarding the payment of your budget; and your further involvement is not required for dealing with the budget
Step 8: We will send you a payment link if you ordered extras that are not covered by the budget.
Step 9: We will send you all relevant information / intake forms / levels tests / briefings / instructions for your online account  etc. (the same proces as with direct payments and follow up of information)

Sign up at our website before June 29th. You can sign up at UWV 1st of July after 10 o’clock.

It is important to realise that you can’t use the STAP-budget for last-minute reservations. It’s a matter of planning ahead!

– In the month prior to that start of an application period at UWV, you can pre-register with at our website (step 1). For example if the application at UWV starts 1st of July (step 4), you can register at our website in June.
– UWV will take up to 4 weeks to approve your budget (step 6); that is counted from the moment you register at UWV (the start of the application period). So if you applied 1st of July (step 4), you will know 29th of July if your budget was approved (step 6).
– Our organisation needs to have a time to sell the spots of people who applied, but didn’t have their budget approved. Thefore we won’t offer courses that start within 1 month after approval (step 6).

Resuming:
– you need to apply in June at with this form (step 1), if you want to use the budget for a course that starts in September / October / November
– you need to apply in July or August on our website (step 1), if you want to use the budget for a course that starts in November / December / January

FAQ

If your budget is not approved, you will have the following options:
– you can pay for the course yourself
– you can cancel the course free of charge

Please note that if your budget is not approved, you will have a new chance again two months later.

We were only recently certified for the NRTO Quality mark. Most of our Summer School groups are too early for the application period that starts first of July. And part of our groups in August are already full or almost full.

The only Summer School groups for which you can use the STAP-budget
– level 2 in Drenthe, from August 1-12
– level 1 in Amsterdam, from August 8-19
– level 2 in Amsterdam, from August 8-19
– level 1 in Drenthe, from August 15-26
– level 3 in Drenthe, from August 29 – September 9
– level 4 in Drenthe, from August 29 – September 9

The #dutchgrammar course (depending if you buy 1 or 3 level) ranges from 49-99 euros without VAT.

You will get the budget only 1 time per year for a maximum of 1000 euros. So it doesn’t make sense to offer something that costs 49-99 euros as you cannot use the other 900 euros.

No. The STAP-budget only covers educational costs, no housing costs.

Fortunately, our housing costs in Drenthe are really low (starting from 17 euros/night).

No. The criteria are strict. There is no chance of getting the STAP-budget if you don’t meet the criteria.

On our website we communicate a discount rate and a regular rate (without a discount).

The STAP-budget rate is the regular rate (without a discount).

Why is that?

We use a discounted rate for students who book and pay online in a certain time frame. Students who book and pay online are committed from the moment of reservation. And we have all our administrative processes automised. This is different with the STAP-budget.

The STAP-budget approval process requires extra administrative efforts (we need to pre-register you at UWV, we need to invoice UWV, we need to inform UWV at the end of the course) and we need to keep your spot reserved without being sure whether your budget will be approved. In this situation we apply our regular rate.

You can get maximum 1000 euros for 1 course.

So, we wanted to offer maximum value for this budget!
(It didn’t make sense to offer a course of 500 euros, because you won’t be able to spend the rest on different courses)

So we looked what we can offer for this price, using the our regular rates.

The regular rate of 2 virtual classroom levels matches exactly the total budget.

The regular rate of 1 offline intensive course still had some budget left. So we slightly adjusted the package by including the book, a 1-year #dutchgrammar license and an online review weekend. The Stap-budget allows course materials to be covered by the budget.

No, problem. You can sign up for the STAP-budget. If your budget was not approved, you will be provided the option to pay for the course yourself. Your spot will be reserved until that moment.

After the budget is approved, the regular cancellation terms apply.