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Dutch Studies - Course information

Language Courses

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.

Finalist talk about their presentations

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.

Our Translation Project

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.

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.

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 course.

Combined Honours Degree

Third Year Abroad

Many of our students describe this year as the best of their university career; this is your chance to truly experience another culture and get to know people from across the world. The experiences you have on your year abroad often go a long way to shaping your future. Depending on your specific degree you can spend 5 months or even 10 months in the Netherlands or Flanders during your third year. There are three options available to you:

Study at a university

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

A teaching placement

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.

Third Year Abroad Video

Work Placement

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.

Selfie in Nijmegen

Examples of option modules

  • Dutch Language and Culture for Specialists
  • Society and Culture in Dutch 1: Multicultural and (post)colonial Netherlands
  • Society and Culture in Dutch 2: Representations of family in Dutch and Flemish texts and films.
  • Dutch Practical Project Module: Translation project
  • Dutch Sociolinguistics
  • History of the Dutch Language

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