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Why Study Dutch at UCL?
UCL, London's Global University, is a truly international university which
benefits from an academic staff and student population drawn from around
the world.It is consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the world.
You will have the opportunity to learn the language ab initio and to attain a near native level of competence by the time you graduate. Alternatively you might want to improve your existing knowledge of the language.
You will be trained in understanding and translating Dutch as part of
your degree, and you will also learn about historical, cultural and
political developments across the Low Countries as a whole.
You may want to try "Amsterdam Represented", our Taster
Course in Dutch Cultural Studies or one of the other multimedia
studypacks in Dutch.
You study in a small, friendly department, which has a staff-student
ratio unusual in higher education nowadays.
You can choose course
options from a broad range offered by the teaching staff of the
Department, including Dutch studies, literary studies, modern and
contemporary history, cultures and identities, film studies, linguistics
and modern history.
You will spend a Year Abroad studying
in the Netherlands or Belgium, benefiting from the extensive contacts
the Department has with Dutch and Flemish universities, from Amsterdam,
Utrecht, Leiden, Groningen in the North to Antwerpen in the South of the
You will have access to the resources of the most comprehensive Dutch
library outside the Low Countries. The Dutch collections of the
British Library also offers research resources not even available in the
Low Countries themselves.
You can experience all the Dutch and Flemish cultural activities which
London has to offer, such as the recent Dutch and Belgian film seasons
at the National Film Theatre, Dutch and Flemish paintings in the various
first class museums and visits from leading Dutch-writing authors,
musicians and performers.
You will have access to a broad range of cultural experiences, including
films, an annual and highly successful Dutch Writer
in Residence programme, and all things Dutch or Flemish that London
offers – exhibitions, concerts, poetry readings, and so on.
You can participate in the Department’s extensive programme of visiting
speakers and seminars, involving scholars from all the Dutch-speaking
countries as well as representatives from the Dutch and Belgian
Embassies in London.
There is also the option to take part in Dutch Summer Schools in the
Netherlands or Belgium after your First Year, and to apply for
scholarships to allow you to do this. You can also go abroad as a
You will benefit from multimedia and IT-supported training and learning,
and various forms of web-supported teaching collaboration with other
academic centres of Dutch in the UK. Have a look e.g. at the Dutch
Online Self-Study Packs.
You can study Dutch either by itself to degree level or in combination with another major modern European language such as German, French, Italian, Spanish or a Scandinavian language (Danish, Swedish, Norwegian etc.), thus becoming confident in two or more languages and cultures. You may also choose to study Dutch together with Art History (think of all the collections in London’s world class museums), history, Latin, Film Studies, or Management Studies (Business).
You may also want to read some testimonials by former students of the Dutch department.
Still not convinced?
There are so many more reasons to study
modern languages. You may want to check “700
reasons for studying languages” at the Subject Centre for Languages,
Linguistics and Area Studies.
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