Language Classes at ESA ESTEC

Welcome to the information page for ESA ESTEC staff members, contractors and spouses. This page contains the information you will need to register for Dutch, French or English courses starting in September 2020. You will need your ESTEC Division Code to register.

Registration is now officially closed with the exception of Newcomers who started on 1 October 2020. If you are a Newcomer and would still like to participate, please complete the form below as soon as possible and you will be contacted within 2 days.

Course content and format

ESA ESTEC offers 60 hour Dutch, French and English courses. From September 2020 – June 2021 all courses will be online via Webex. Courses are once a week for 2 hours per week in small groups of 8 participants, 50% in core hours, 50% in non-core hours. Lessons and groups will not be split as they were March – June 2020.

The trainers combine course books with participant input and courses take place at various levels. If you are unsure of your level, please follow the link to our self-assessment tool.


 Courses will start in the week of 21 September 2020.

  • Repeat students: we will do our best to place you in a group on the same day and time and with the same teacher as last year.
  • Beginners:  you will be invited to choose your preferred time slot for the course. There will be a number of options available.
  • New participants (non-beginners): you will be invited for an intake and can provide your availability at this stage. We will do our best to take this into account when scheduling your course.


Course fees for 60 hours’ tuition are €273 for staff members, their spouses and trainees. Contractors and their spouses pay €546. PLEASE NOTE: newcomer permanent staff who arrived in the Netherlands less than one year ago can take advantage of one fully subsidised Dutch course. This offer is the result of a new policy for Dutch courses to encourage integration in the Netherlands. If you are a newcomer please choose this option in question one of the registration form.

You will receive information on your course schedule in September together with details on how to pay. Payment must be made to ESA ESTEC within 4 weeks of commencing the course. Course books are not included in this fee. We will provide you with details of where to purchase these online.

Cancellation and Absence

If you have to stop participating for any reason or expect to miss any classes, please inform The Square Mile at as soon as possible. Please note that the full fee is payable even if you do not complete a course, or if you do not cancel in writing before lesson three of your course. No refunds can be given.

Changes to Class Schedule

ESTEC may occasionally have to change the course schedule to accommodate the needs of as many participants as possible and to ensure the best learning environment.

Ready to Register?

Please complete the form below. Remember to have your ESTEC division code to hand before you start. Registration closes on Friday 21 August 2020 (deadline extension to 7 September for Newcomers). If you have any questions, please contact us at