Why Study Dutch at UCL?

1. Study in a truly international environment

Dutch students

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.

2. Learn Dutch from scratch

Learn Dutch from scratch

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.

3. Discover a fascinating new culture

Taster in Dutch Cultural Studies

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.

4. Excellent Staff-Student-Ratio

You study in a small, friendly department, which has a staff-student ratio unusual in higher education nowadays.

5. Broad Range of Course Options

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. 

6. Spend a Year Abroad in the Netherlands or Belgium

Buoyant Brussels

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 Low Countries.

7. Most comprehensive Dutch Library in the English-speaking World

Dutch manuscript

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.

8. Cultural Activities

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.

9. Writer in Residence

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. 

10. International Contacts

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.

11. Summer Language Courses

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 teaching assistant. 

12. Multimedia and IT-supported training and learning

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

13. Single honours or Combined degrees

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).

Student testimonials

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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