• Christine
  • Anne
  • Olet
  • Jane
  • Genevieve
  • Annette
  • Marja
  • David
  • Rob
  • Daphne
  • Anouk
  • Mathilde
  • Sanne
  • Karla
  • Joanna
  • Janneke
  • Paul
  • Eric
  • Nigel
  • Joop
  • Marijke
  • Judith

We make words work

We’ve been making words work for over a quarter of a century. We work for a wide range of clients in finance, law, healthcare, government, business, science and higher education. Our team consists of professionals with language in their DNA. We enjoy what we do and it shows. Our clients come back to us year after year.

About us

Thirty passionate and dedicated language and communication experts, eager to help you make your words work: that’s Taalcentrum-VU. We treat all our clients with the utmost care and attention, helping you find the best possible solution to all your language, translation and communication needs. From our centrally located offices right next to VU Amsterdam, on the edge of the Zuidas district, we are the preferred supplier for clients in a wide range of sectors, including education, government, real estate, law, insurance and construction. Our translators consistently provide translations of the highest quality, from and into any language. When it comes to our language and communication training courses, our instructors will help you become a more confident and effective speaker or writer – whether it’s in English or Dutch. Are you unsure about a text you’ve written? Our editors will make your words work – for your organization and your readers.

Our people

Our origins

Taalcentrum-VU was founded in the early 1990s as part of the Faculty of Humanities at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The goal: to close the gap between academic expertise and professional practice. To help people communicate better. Now, more than 25 years later, we are an independently operating communication agency employing some thirty language professionals. In the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas business district, and with the power and dynamism of VU University in our back yard. We connect people. And we connect people to other cultures, other communities and to richer sources of information.

Working for Taalcentrum-VU

Do you enjoy making words work? Maybe you’d like to work for us

See our current vacancies

Quality assurance

We have a reputation for the quality of our work, our customer-orientation and our excellent service. Our account managers will provide you with honest and reliable recommendations. Our project coordinators will ensure that your project runs smoothly from beginning to end. And of course we are a member of all major industry associations:

  • VViN, association of translation agencies
  • NRTO, association for private educational and training agencies
  • CEDEO recognition for educational quality
  • NEN certification for translation services (NEN-EN 15038)

Recognized quality: we’ve scored top marks for years in CEDEO educational quality surveys. Our clients are very satisfied with our services, training materials and instructors.

What if you have a complaint?

We have been working with many of our clients to their full satisfaction for years. Nevertheless, you may find that you are not completely satisfied with our work. If this is the case, then you should get in touch with your contact person at Taalcentrum-VU within ten days. You may also submit your complaint through our general telephone number 020-598 64 20 or through our general email address.

We will look into the matter immediately. We will contact you within one business day of having received your complaint. If we find that your complaint is justified (in whole or in part), then we will propose a solution. If you agree with our proposal, then we will put things right and consider the complaint to be resolved.

Theoretically, there may be situations where we are unable to agree on a solution. In such cases we will submit the matter to the Private Educational Institutions Disputes Committee, with which we are affiliated.

Our translation and editing work is subject to the general terms and conditions of VViN, the Association of Translation Agencies in the Netherlands. These terms and conditions detail the complaints procedure and contain information about the VViN Disputes Committee. With regard to our workshops and courses, we subscribe to the Codes of Conduct and the general terms and conditions of the NRTO trade association. We have a complaints procedure for our workshops and courses as set out in the General Terms and Conditions.


Visiting address
Metropolitanbuilding, 4th floor
Buitenveldertselaan 3-7 Amsterdam, the Netherlands

T:+31 (0)20 - 598 64 20
E: info@taalcentrum-vu.nl

Postal address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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