Our origin story
The founder of MORE than les, Noémie Winkel, first became committed to helping New Amsterdammers while welcoming refugees to Amsterdam, in September 2015 (AT5).
To be able to help more students in a sustainable way, Noémie opened her own language school in a wing of the former Bijlmer Bajes in December 2016, right after she graduated from her Masters in International Development Studies at the Wageningen University. The school grew in popularity and together with around 20 teachers, MORE than les helped more than 500 students during this time (Parool, NOS, JAN Magazine).
From 2017, many companies began growing an interest in MORE than les. This is what triggered the establishment of in-company Dutch language courses. When the Dutch government announced in early 2019 that the policy for teaching status holders would change drastically, Noémie decided to switch gears and focus mainly on organizing in-company courses.
MORE than les has worked with over 70 companies in and around Amsterdam and continues to grow. Besides live classes, we now also offer online courses so that new Amsterdammers can still learn Dutch in the same fun and informal way from the comforts of their own home (NRC).
Who are we?
MORE at home with MORE than les
MORE than les offers fun, interactive, and engaging in-company, open group Dutch courses and private courses for new Amsterdammers. Customised to suit everyone's needs – online or live – wherever and whenever. For new Amsterdammers, by local Amsterdammers, in Amsterdam.
Our goal is to help students learn Dutch and feel more at home via small (max. 10 students), informal and highly interactive classes. Our enthusiastic, proactive, and qualified teachers know how to create engaging and uplifting classes for professionals just coming out of a 10-hour workday. Other than being able to help one pass any Dutch language exam or the integration exam, our teachers also have a deep comprehension of helping newcomers feel more at home in Amsterdam and love sharing tips about Dutch culture, the best markets, festivals, bars and more!
Since 2016, MORE than les helped more than 1000 new Amsterdammers not only learn Dutch, but also connect to new people, and feel more at home in Amsterdam. The MORE than les community has helped create a large network that offers support when students are looking for new jobs, need help with bureaucracy, and also gives them a sense of community in their new home country.
We have seen that through learning more about Dutch culture and fun activities in Amsterdam, international employees often want to continue living in Amsterdam and stick with their current company longer due to the enriched connections that they have made via MORE than les.