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English to Dutch Translation Course


Admission requirements

Students should be sufficiently proficient in English and Dutch.


It is a common misconception that any native speaker of Dutch who has a reasonable working knowledge of the English language is qualified to be a translator. The aim of this introductory course on translation is to familiarize its participants with the challenges a translator faces. In tutorial, we discuss the translations and editing assignments you have prepared at home. In addition, students will be asked to give a presentation on the problems they encountered while translating. Finally, there will be a written translation examination at the end of the course.

Course objectives

  • Course objective 1: ability to translate reasonably complex English texts that do not contain specialist information or terminology into grammatically and stylistically correct Dutch – with the aid of dictionaries and thesauri

  • Course objective 2: ability to edit Dutch texts


The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

The course load of this course is 280 hours.

  • 28 hours: attending seminars;

  • 28 hours: studying compulsory literature;

  • 224 hours: preparation for the exam, primarily by doing translation assignments (two of which must be handed in for a mark).

Assessment method

  • Translation test (60%)

  • Average mark of two translations, handed in during the course (40%)


This course is supported by blackboard.

Reading list

  • Reader Introduction to Translation English to Dutch. Blackboard.

  • Renkema, J. (2012). Schrijfwijzer. Den Haag: Sdu Uitgevers.


Students should register through uSis. Exchange students cannot register through uSis, but must see the coordinator of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte via:
Registration Contractonderwijs via:

Contact English Language and Culture departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; Coordinator of studies: Ms T.D. Obbens, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.


Students are expected to be in possession of an English to Dutch dictionary.