Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2017

Dutch BA

This four-year programme focuses on the language, culture and history of the Netherlands and Flanders, two regions neighbouring the UK that are among its largest trading partners. Students start learning Dutch from scratch and graduate as fluent and interculturally competent speakers of this global language.

Key information

UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
Applications per place
5 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
216 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to European Languages, Culture and Society subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Foreign language preferred.
English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects preferably including a foreign language, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.

D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Foreign Language preferred.

ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). Foreign Language preferred.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades ABB. Foreign language preferred.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a twelve-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • No previous knowledge of Dutch is required, as you will receive intensive language training in the first two years if you start the subject from scratch. You may also start as a more advanced speaker of Dutch.
  • You can go on summer language courses after the first year and will spend the third year of study in the Netherlands or Flanders (the northern part of Belgium), benefiting from the extensive contacts the department has with Dutch and Belgian universities including Amsterdam, Utrecht and Antwerp.
  • You will study in a small, friendly department that has a high staff to student ratio, which is unusual in higher education.
  • You will have access to the most comprehensive Dutch Library in the English-speaking world, including our collection of Dutch and Belgian films and documentaries on DVD and multimedia learning resources.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

  • 74% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The Dutch BA is a four-year, single-subject programme. Each year, students take a total of four course credits. The intensive language course develops practical language skills while the cultural studies modules focus on issues of identities and communities, and ways of investigating contemporary culture. Aside from core modules, you can choose options in literature, history and sociolinguistics.

You will also take modules from the UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society (ELCS), which allow students to study literature, film, linguistics and history from outside their subject area(s), focusing on broad cultural movements, issues and approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The third year of study is spent in the Netherlands or Belgium, during which you may study at a Dutch or Belgian university, teach as a language assistant, or work on placement in a field related to your studies or intended career.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Compulsory modules

Dutch Language I

Optional modules

You will select modules from a wide range of options. Options may include:
Born out of Rebellion: The Netherlands from the Dutch Revolt to the Eve of World War I
Modern Dutch Literary Texts

You will also choose interdepartmental modules from a wide range offered by the School of European Languages, Culture & Society. Options may include the study of Linguistics History and Film.

Compulsory modules

Dutch Language II

During the spring term students will participate in the Study Abroad Preparation Programme, the successful completion of which is a prerequisite for progression to the year abroad.

Optional modules

You will select modules from a wide range of options. Options may include:
At the Crossroads Of Europe: Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Multiculturalism and Identity
20th Century Dutch Literature: Themes

You will also choose interdepartmental modules offered by the School of European Languages, Culture & Society.

Year spent abroad in the Netherlands or Flanders

Students choose a first and second choice university (or two destinations for split-language students). Allocations are made according to preference, number of spaces available at each university and demand for these spaces, with the final decider being the students? average Year 1 mark achieved on SELCS modules. Students allocated to destinations within the EU are eligible for the Erasmus+ Mobility Grant. While students are advised by their host universities on how to apply for accommodation, UCL also puts students in contact with returning students and often find it helpful to take over their accommodation or get tips on living arrangements. Students must study in the target language.

Further details

Institutions currently open to the programme include:

  • University of Antwerp
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Universiteit Leiden
  • Universiteit Utrecht
Note: In lieu of university placements, students can do a work placement abroad provided the placement is arranged and approved by the end of April in the preceding academic year. Students may also apply for British Council language assistantships.

Visit UCL Study Abroad for further details.

Compulsory module

Dutch Language III

Optional modules

You will select modules from a wide range of options. Options may include:

ELCS Advanced Level modules
Nomadic Literature
Project in Dutch.

Your learning

We teach Dutch using modern communicative methods to develop fluency, accuracy and an understanding of stylistic issues. Literature, history, linguistics and cultural studies are taught through a mixture of seminars, group work, web-based courses and tutorials. You will be able to get involved with VirtualDutch, a collaborative teaching network between UCL and Cambridge, Sheffield and Nottingham Universities.


Modules are assessed by various methods: written and oral/aural examinations, essays, presentations and project work.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Dutch BA.


A substantial number of our graduates use their language skills in a variety of contexts, such as public relations (often for multinational companies, many of which have Dutch origins), insurance, banking, political and cultural institutions, or in teaching and translating. Some graduates go on to Master's or PhD programmes.

There is significant and growing demand for Dutch-speaking graduates, despite the recession, as evidenced by regular requests from employers to the department. In the English-speaking context, a university graduate with a good command of Dutch is rare indeed, giving the graduate in Dutch a major asset.

Belgium and the Netherlands belong to the world's most advanced manufacturing and trading areas and are among Britain's largest trading partners, housing the headquarters of numerous multinational companies and the political heart of the European Union and NATO. Dutch has 23 million speakers worldwide and Afrikaans, closely related to Dutch, has some 17 million.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2011-2014) of this programme include:

  • Investigations Specialist, Amazon
  • Church History MA, University of Nottingham
  • Donor Provision and Welfare Coordinator, Anthony Nolan Trust
  • Lecturer, UCL

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.

UK/EU students
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas students
£16,130 (2016/17)

Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

You are able to take this programme without any previous knowledge of Dutch. However, the degree does require an interest in languages and a proven ability in language learning (see entry requirements). We take into account your academic performance and educational background, but also place great importance on your personal statement, your motivation to study Dutch, and your referee's report.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2017


If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation makes you well-suited to our degree and you receive an offer, then we shall invite you to a post-offer Open Day, where you can experience the sort of teaching which we offer and life in SELCS.

Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainments as well as cultural awareness and intellectual potential. We may interview candidates by telephone in order to establish a level of language ability.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students

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