Leiden is the only place where international students can follow a full academic programme in Dutch Studies. Dutch Studies offers you the opportunity to develop specialised knowledge of Dutch language, culture and society. The programme consists of five different sections:
‘This programme exceeds my expectations. I could not imagine before starting that I would follow classes only in Dutch after the first semester. I literally knew five words before I came here. It’s really cool to be able to understand Dutch after a few months. We have to do a lot of exercises together. It’s really helpful: the best way to learn a language is to talk. The programme is a good balance between writing, language acquisition, speaking and listening at the one hand, and culture at the other.’
You will rapidly develop your proficiency in the Dutch language. From the second term onwards, all courses will be taught in Dutch. This language acquisition component is embedded in a broad, interdisciplinary programme, which will familiarise you with many aspects of Dutch history, culture and society.
Since we are a small department, you may expect intensive, personal guidance from your first year right up to graduation.
Leiden is the the international centre for Dutch Studies. Our lecturers give guest lectures at Dutch language departments all over the world, from Jakarta to Wroclaw.
Our programme is suitable for students with
no previous knowledge of Dutch, while students with elementary and students with advanced knowledge of Dutch are also welcome. Your level of proficiency will be tested in the week prior to the first semester. We offer 3 starting levels:
Maybe you are interested in Dutch, while you do not want to spend three years on the bachelor’s programme of Dutch Studies. If so, it is possible to take Dutch Studies for a period of one year. At the end of the first year you will be awarded a transcript and a so-called ‘propaedeuse’, a first-year diploma, if you complete all the first-year courses successfully. It is good to know that with the ‘propaedeuse’ of Dutch Studies you get access to almost all Leiden's bachelor’s programmes in Dutch.
Where do Leiden’s graduates of Dutch Studies work?
year programme, 180 ECTS
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