Bachelor’s programme in Dutch Studies
The bachelor Dutch Studies takes three years. After graduation you receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. For students entering the programme with an advanced level of Dutch, it is possible to complete the programme within two years. There is also the option to follow a one-year programme
In your first year you will:
- learn to speak, write and understand the Dutch language
- attend lectures in art history and culture and society
- acquire general academic skills: you will learn how to conduct scientific research and how to write reports on your findings
In your second year you will:
- learn to speak Dutch fluently and to recognize the nuances of the language.
- attend more in-depth lectures in modern and historical linguistics and in Dutch history and literature
- work on how to conduct independent research.
More and more you will be able to understand and take part in conversations with native speakers of Dutch.
Third year: structured minor and bachelor’s assignment
In you third year you will:
- emphasise on grammar in writing and further extending your vocabulary
- follow a course on Philosophy of Science
- specialise in Dutch Literature, Linguistics, History or Art History.
The Co-ordinator of Studies can help you make up your mind about your programme. Read more about choosing your own path during the third year.
You will conclude your bachelor’s study with a bachelor’s assignment. You discuss the topic of the assignment with one of your lecturers. This topic will be in line with your own interests and your specialisation.
Examples of bachelor’s assignments:
- Linguistics: The acquisition of the Dutch articles by Polish and Italian learners of Dutch as a second language.
- Cultural and art history: Post mortem on the immortalisation of those who have died while young. An art and cultural historic comparison between 17th century painted and 19th century photographed death portraits of children.
- History: A well-intentioned but incomplete work. The relationship between the shortcomings in the introduction of ethical politics and the development of the national movement in the Dutch East Indies.
- Literature: The undermining of the colonial discourse in Cola Debrot’s My black sister.
Maybe you are interested in Dutch, but you do not want to spend three years at university. If so, then it is possible to take Dutch Studies for a year at Leiden University. At the end of the first year you will be awarded a transcript and a so-called ‘propaedeuse’, a first-year diploma, if you complete all the first-year courses successfully. It is good to know that with the ‘propaedeuse’ of Dutch Studies you get access to almost all bachelor programmes in Dutch. There are three one-year programmes available:
- This progarmme is the same as the regular first year of the 3-year programme and is suitable for absolute beginners.
- This programme is for students with an elementary knowledge of Dutch, which will be tested in the week prior to the first semester. The programme is a combination
of first- and second-year courses. It will only be offered if there are enough participants.
- If your Dutch is of an advanced level (this will be tested in the week prior to the first semester), then you can join the second-year classes, combined with the non-language acquisition classes such as Dutch Painting from the first year.