Maison Descartes, Amsterdam : Frans leren, cursussen Frans, learn French, French courses, French lessons

To register or to make an appointment for a test, you can phone 020 531 95 01 (front desk).
For any information you can also phone 020 531 95 31 or 020 531 95 29 (French courses main office).
It is also possible to contact us by mail : This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view itCalendar

Open Day, on September, 8th – from 11am to 5pm.
Open Day, on January, 11th – from 4pm to 8pm.
Students’ party on June, 13th – from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Beginning of the courses

September session : starting on September, 17th
October session : starting on October, 23rd
January session : starting on January, 21st
March session : starting on March, 17th
May session : starting on May, 26th
June session : starting on June, 2nd
July session : starting on June, 30th
August session : starting on August, 4th


There won’t be any courses on following periods :

  • Sinterklaas : December, 5th (from 3pm)
  • From December, 22nd to January, 6th (Christmas)
  • From February, 25th to March, 1st
  • Monday, March, 24th
  • Queens’ day : April, 30th
  • Thursday, May, 1st
  • May, 12nd

Les + de l’Institut français des Pays-Bas

Maison Descartes is part of the network of 150 French cultural institutes in the world.

Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the French Institute in the Netherlands – Maison Descartes provides French language courses to more than 1300 students every year. The large variety of courses is here to fulfill everyone’s needs.

Efficient and innovative learning methods…

The courses we are running are relying on a very practical and communicative approach of the French language. Living, entertaining and always spontaneous, in our courses you will be confronted to day-to-day situations ; where you will be able to improve your language use. The learning materials used can be very different : books, newspapers, songs, movies, …

Our learning team ? High-skilled, professionnal and francophone teachers…

French is the mother tongue of our teachers. Dynamic, trained and graduated in “French as a foreign language”, they regularly attend workshops to improve their teaching skills.

Official exams…

Maison Descartes is a recognized institute for the Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF) of the Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques de Sèvres (CIEP).
The French Institute – Maison Descartes may also help you to prepare for DELF, DALF and exams of the Chambre de Commerce Internationale de Paris.