Dutch Studies

Overview

Spoken across the Netherlands, Flanders, Surinam and parts of the Caribbean, Dutch is consistently in the top five of languages most frequently requested by UK employers. 

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With around eighty students on our programmes, we are the largest Dutch section in the UK. This popularity is a testament to the lively, ambitious atmosphere; there is always something going on and you’ll quickly feel included and at home with us.

We try to be as flexible as possible, so you can study Dutch over a period of one, two, three or four years and can start at either beginners’ or intermediate level. In addition to language, we offer a variety of modules to introduce you to the history, culture and linguistics of the Low Countries.

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Fast facts

You can study Dutch as part of:

  • BA in Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Combined Honours Triple BA
  • BA Archaeology and Modern Languages and Cultures
  • BA Business Management and Modern Languages and Cultures
  • BA Economics and Modern Languages and Cultures
  • BA English and Modern Languages and Cultures
  • BA History and Modern Languages and Cultures
  • BA Linguistics and Modern Languages and Cultures
  • BA Music and Modern Languages and Cultures
  • BA Philosophy and Modern Languages and Cultures
  • BA Politics and Modern Languages and Cultures
  • BA Germanic Studies with Japanese

Award: Bachelor of Arts

Duration: 4 years

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Why Study Dutch?

After Four Years

Structure

Course Structure

Language Modules

At Sheffield you can start studying Dutch from scratch, meaning you need no previous knowledge of Dutch. If you already speak some Dutch you can skip the beginners programme and enter at an appropriate level.

All our language classes are informal and taught in small groups. The emphasis is always on real language in real situations. Right from the start of the course you will be encouraged to speak as much as possible; after all, the best way to learn is by doing.

Dutch Studies: Culture, Lingustics and Literature

Depending on your degree programme you can also opt for Dutch Studies modules. This is the opportunity to put your language skills in the cultural context.

We offer courses on contemporary society and literature of the Netherlands and Flanders and on several linguistic topics. Our small groups teaching means that you have real influence on your course. Many of our courses are aimed at making the most of your position: as a (native) speaker of English you will be in a prime position to negotiate Dutch issues for a global audience.

Dutch as a free credit module

You can also study Dutch as free credits as long as you have some experience with modern language learning. You would be taking the language classes only and you are thaugth together with the other undergraduate students. 

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Year 1
  • Beginners' Dutch (4 hours per week; two semesters) OR
  • Dutch Intermediate (3 hours per week; two semesters)
  • Dutch Studies (1 hour per week; two semesters)
Year 2
  • Dutch Intermediate (3  hours per week; two semesters) OR
  • Dutch Advanced (3 hours per week; two semesters)
  • Dutch Literature, Culture and Society: (post)colonial and Multicultural Netherlands  (2 hours per week; 1 semester)
  • History of the Dutch Language (2 hours per week; 1 semester)
Year Abroad

There are three Year Abroad options:

University Study Teaching Placement Work Placement

In The Netherlands we have links with:

  • Universiteit Utrecht
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

In Flanders we are partnered with:

  • KU-Leuven (Campus Brussel)
  • RU-Gent

For many years now, our student opt for a teaching placement in the Netherlands. The section has links with the Early English Programme in Den Bosch.

This is for you if you like working in a team with children of various ages. Involves singing.

We have a number of work placements on our books but we also encourage you to find a work placement with your chosen business or charity.

We have our Year Abroad requirements, so we check what you suggest, but we believe that it is your Year Abroad and that you can shape your year according to your interests and ambitions.

Year 4
  • Dutch Advanced (3 hours per week; two semesters) OR
  • Dutch for Specialists (3 hours per week; two semesters)
  • Dutch Literature, Culture and Society: Representation of family life in contemporary Dutch and Flemish Culture  (2 hours per week; 1 semester)
  • Dutch Sociolinguistics (2 hours per week; 1 semester)