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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for 2018 entry will appear here as soon as they are available.

UK & EU fee
£9,250 (2017/18 - see below)
Overseas fee
£17,710 (2017/18)

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.

This four-year programme focuses on the language, culture and history of the Netherlands and Flanders. Students start learning Dutch from scratch and graduate as fluent and interculturally competent speakers of this global language.

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 the programme 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). You will benefit 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. Our high staff to student ratio is unusual in higher education.

  • You will have access to one of the most comprehensive Dutch libraries in the English-speaking world, including our collection of Dutch and Belgian films 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.

Students must take modules totalling 4 course units each year.

All students must follow this diet as specified and may not be permitted to take any module outside the Dutch and the European Language, Culture and Society (ELCS) modules, and/or substitute any of these with an "external" module from elsewhere.

Year One

Compulsory Modules (2 course units)

  • DUTC1001 - Dutch Language 1 (1.0cu)
  • DUTC1101 - Born out of Rebellion: The Netherlands from the Dutch Revolt to the eve of World War I (0.5cu)
  • DUTC1201 - Modern Dutch Literary Texts (0.5cu)

Optional Modules (2 course units)

Choose four intermediate European Language, Culture and Society (ELCS) modules (0.5cu each).

Students with advanced knowledge of Dutch may, with the agreement of the DUTC1001 tutor, replace this module with DUTC1011 Dutch Language 1a (0.5cu), plus another ELCS module (0.5cu).

Year Two

Compulsory Modules (2.5 course units)

  • DUTC2001 - Dutch Language 2 (1.0cu)
  • DUTC2101 - At the Crossroads of Europe: Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg in the 20th and 21st Centuries (0.5cu)
  • DUTC2203 - 20th Century Dutch Literature: Themes (0.5cu)
  • DUTC2300 - Multiculturalism and Identity (0.5cu)

Optional Modules (1.5 course units)

Choose three intermediate European Language, Culture and Society (ELCS) modules (0.5cu each).

Year Three (Year Abroad)

Final Year

Compulsory Modules (3.5 course units)

  • DUTC4001 - Dutch Language 3 (1cu)
  • ELCS4025 - Nomadic Literature (0.5cu)
  • DUTC4205 - Contemporary History and Culture of the Low Countries (0.5cu)
  • DUTC4502A - Advanced Translation (0.50cu)
  • DUTC4901 - Project in Dutch (0.5cu)

Optional Modules (0.5 course unit)

Choose one advanced European Language, Culture and Society (ELCS) module (0.5cu)

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:
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.

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 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see:

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.


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 teaching and translating. Some graduates go on to Master's or PhD programmes.

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

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


First career destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of this programme include:

  • MA in Church History, University of Nottingham
  • Technical Project Leader, Orion House
  • 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 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

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 our entry requirements). We will 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 references.

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 2018


If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation make you well-suited to our degree and you receive an offer, we will invite you to a post-offer open day. There, you can experience the sort of teaching 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.