Dutch Studies (BA)
For international bachelor’s students who want to develop true fluency in not just the Dutch language, but also the culture, history and mind set of the Netherlands, there is no better place than the Leiden University Bachelor in Dutch Studies!
Why study Dutch Studies?
The historical, cultural and philosophical impact of the Netherlands and the Dutch language is internationally significant – but while virtually everyone can recognise a painting from Van Gogh, few can properly pronounce his name! Hence the unique Leiden bachelor in Dutch Studies: 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.
Why Dutch Studies at Leiden University?
- Study in the historic city of Leiden, the international centre of Dutch studies.
- Flexible study options depending upon your own ambitions, and the level of Dutch you already have: from ground-zero to relatively advanced.
- The only programme in the Netherlands that offers international students the chance to specialise in Dutch language and culture.
First year student
"I grew up in the United States, but I have a Dutch mother, so the culture is part of my heritage. That was one of my main motivators to come to Leiden. First, I orientated online, afterwards I e-mailed someone from the programme. I couldn’t come to the official Open Day, but when I came to the Netherlands someone showed me around. It really attracted me that this course is not only about the language, but also about the culture and the history."
First year student Dutch Studies
"I chose to study Dutch Studies because I was interested in Dutch culture. I wanted to learn more about it but wanted it to be more than just learning the language. That’s why I chose Leiden University: it’s more than just the language. I really like the mindset and the openness of the Dutch culture but I also like learning about the Dutch history and the literature."
"Dutch Studies is the only programme in the Netherlands that offers international students the opportunity to specialise in Dutch language and culture. The three-year BA Dutch Studies offers international students a unique chance to gain a specialised qualification in this rich and valuable knowledge area. During the programme you will rapidly develop proficiency in the Dutch language. You will also meet many Dutch students as part of your experience studying in the Netherlands and join a lively, welcoming international classroom full of ambitious students from all over the world."
Is this programme for you?
The unique combination of Dutch Studies and your own native language makes you the ideal person to build intercultural connections after your study.
- Does Dutch language, history and culture fascinate you?
- Do you want to learn Dutch at a high academic level, or bring your current level of Dutch to the point where you are highly fluent?
- Do your ambitions include teaching Dutch, working in an international organisation connected to the Netherlands, or focusing on a specific aspect of Dutch for further Master study?
Then Dutch Studies is for you! Check out the programme structure.