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Fees and funding

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

Details about financial support are available at:


Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Modern European Languages Scholarship
Based on academic merit
Virtus UG Bursary

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

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.

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 Holland or Flanders (the northern part of Belgium), benefiting from the extensive contacts the department has with Dutch and Belgian universities including Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden and Antwerp.
  • You will study in a small, friendly department that has a high staff: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.


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

  • ELCS3001 - Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3002 - Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3005 - Third Year Project C (1.0cu)

Final Year

Compulsory Modules (3.5 course units)

  • DUTC4001 - Dutch Language 3 (1cu)
  • DUTC4206 - 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) modules (0.5cu each)

Entry requirements

A Levels
Foreign language preferred.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
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 Diploma Core with grade B, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AB. 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

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

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

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.


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 (2010-2013) of this programme include:

  • Donor Provision and Welfare Coordinator, Anthony Nolan Trust (2012)
  • Teaching Assistant, UK (2012)
  • Lecturer, UCL (2011)
  • Financial Analyst, Pernod Ricard (2010)
  • Ethnic Minorities Disability Project Officer, Hampshire County Council (2010)

*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

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.

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 2016


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