Dutch Studies


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 in terms of student numbers. 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
  • Single Honours Germanic Studies
  • All Dual Honours Degrees with Germanic Studies
  • BA German with Dutch
  • BA French with Dutch
  • BA History with Dutch
  • Combined Honours Triple

Award: Bachelor of Arts

Duration: 4 years

Entry: ABB or BBB at A Level depending on the degree combinaton. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications.

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Degree Combinations

Programmes with Dutch

There are varioius ways in which you can make Dutch and Dutch studies part of your Sheffield Degree:

As an Honours degree

You can study Dutch part of an Honours degree with German, French or History, spending 1/3 of your time on Dutch and 2/3 on the other subject. If you combine it with French or German you split your year abroad between your languages. For History with Dutch you spend the whole year in a Dutch-speaking country.

Within a BA Modern Languages

You can study Dutch as either a major or minor component of a BA Modern Languages. If Dutch is a major part of your degree you will spend half of your year abroad in the Netherlands. If it is a minor component you still have the option of attending summer schools in a Dutch-speaking country.

As part of the Combined Honours - Triple

You can study Dutch along with two other subjects (at least one non-language subject) as part of the Combined Honours Triple programme.

As free credit modules

You can study Dutch as free credits as long as you have some experience with modern language learning. If you study Dutch as part of a Single Honours Germanic Studies and Dual Honours degrees involving German then you get the chance to spend part of your year abroad in a Dutch-speaking country.

You can also study Dutch as part of your degree as a Languages For All module.

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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 

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.

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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)