During your studies you will not only learn Dutch, but you also study the language to gain insight into its structure and development. In the Netherlands, Leiden is the only place where international students can follow a full programme in Dutch Studies. It is the only programme in the Netherlands for international students who wish to specialise in the Dutch language (and Dutch culture, history and society) at a high academic level.
Reasons to choose Dutch Studies in Leiden:
The programme is meant for students with no, little or an intermediate proficiency in Dutch and with a special interest in the Dutch language and culture.
Your level of Dutch determines much of your first year. No previous Dutch? Then you will work hard at learning to speak, write and understand Dutch. You attend lectures on Dutch culture, and gain the research, writing and presentation skills needed for your final written paper. You learn about the great historical impact of this small nation and gain insight into present-day Dutch society.
The second year consists of advanced language courses, introductory courses on Dutch Linguistics, Literature and History of the Netherlands. You will also learn how to conduct independent scientific research. Students are also attending courses Fifteen centuries of the Netherlands and Methods of Linguistic, Literary and Historical Research. All the courses in the second year are obligatory.
During the third year you have a lot of freedom to tailor your studies to your personal interests and ambitions via electives. You choose to specialise in one of four areas: Dutch Literature, Linguistics, History or Art History. You may choose to follow courses from other Leiden programmes; in this way you structure a minor period that reflects your interests and future academic or career goals. You conclude by writing a bachelor's thesis (in Dutch).
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Job and Careers prospects
After your BA in Dutch Studies, you will be highly fluent in Dutch and will be express your ideas in an outstanding way, both orally and in writing. Further you are an expert on Dutch culture and society, historic and contemporary, and thanks to your Leiden University education you have excellent critical thinking abilities. With these skills you can approach many different sectors and potential employers with confidence.
The Bachelors in Dutch Studies programme prepares you to take on any job in which fluency in the Dutch language, and understanding of its cultural and societal nuances, is needed. Think of positions such as: a translator, teacher, interpreter, writer or editor. But your language skills can also be transferred to the sector you prefer what about becoming a curator or an entrepreneur? With perfect Dutch, it's all possible.
Do you want to apply for the bachelors programme Linguistics at Leiden University?
Find out how to apply by following the step-by step guide: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/education/study-programmes/bachelor/dutch-studies/admission-and-application
About Leiden University
Are you curious, critical and involved in the world around you? At Leiden University, the oldest university in the Netherlands, you can make a valuable contribution to tackling the various national and international challenges facing modern society. Together with academics and fellow students from all over the world, you will actively address these challenges. We keep an open mind, do not shy away from difficult discussions and allow one another the space to disagree. We expect the same active, open-minded and critical attitude from you.
We challenge you to look beyond your own boundaries. Leiden University welcomes anyone who wants to achieve their full potential. Our modest community size in the historical cities of Leiden and The Hague creates a highly personal and committed atmosphere. Together, we map out a learning path that suits you and your ambitions. You will also be encouraged to conduct research in cooperation with eminent and enthusiastic scholars. The knowledge and skills you develop here will benefit you for the rest of your life, regardless of the career path you choose!
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