As we move towards a global future, foreign languages and intercultural communicative skills become increasingly important. Dutch is the modern language closest to English and thus the most accessible language to learn. Nevertheless, graduates with a good command of Dutch are still rare, thus learning Dutch opens up unique career opportunities across Europe and beyond.
Various other UCL departments, including History, History of Art and Geography, have academic staff with highly specialised expertise covering the Low Countries (i.e. both the Netherlands and Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium) and parts of the world in which Dutch used to, or continues to, play a role, including the Dutch Caribbean, South-East Asia and parts of Africa and the Americas.
We organise a range of cultural events, often in association with other centres and institutions. We play a prominent part in various national and international organisations concerned with Dutch Studies and have excellent contacts with universities in the Netherlands, Belgium and further afield.
Our research interests are varied, broadly encompassing: Dutch language, sociolinguistics of the Dutch language area, Dutch literature, political and cultural history of the Low Countries, especially the modern and contemporary period, translation studies and comparative literature.