The first year of Dutch Studies consists mainly of language acquisition courses. In the first semester English is used as a language of instruction; in the second semester all courses are in Dutch. Apart from Dutch language acquisition the first year consists of courses of Art History, Introduction to Dutch Studies, Language Analysis and Culture and Society of the Netherlands. This last course is an obligatory BSA course (please see the information on BSA in the Student Charter)
|Course||EC||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Introduction to Dutch Studies||5.0/10.0|
|Language Acquisition 1A||15|
|Introduction to the Art History of the Netherlands||10|
|Spreken/Luisteren 1B - Taalverwerving I||5|
|Lezen/Woordenschat 1B - Taalverwerving I||5|
|Schrijven 1B - Taalverwerving I||5|
|Taalanalyse -Taalwetenschap I||5|
|Cultuur en Maatschappij van Nederland - Cultuurwetenschap I||10|
The second year consists of advanced language courses, introductory courses on Dutch Linguistics, Literature and History of the Netherlands. Students are also attending courses of History of the Dutch Language and Methods of Linguistic, Literary and Historical Research. All the courses in the second year are obligatory.
|Course||EC||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|History of the Dutch Language Linguistics II||5|
|Vocabulary/Writing - Language Acquisition II||5|
|Grammar - Language Acquisition II||5|
|Introduction to the History of the Netherlands until 1800||5|
|Introduction to Dutch Literature until 1800||5|
|Grammar/Writing - Language Acquisition II||5|
|Analysis of Literary Texts - Lanugage Acquisition II||5|
|Introduction to Linguistics||5|
|Methoden en technieken van letterkundig, taalkundig en historisch onderzoek - Cultuurwetenschap II||5|
|Inleiding in de Nederlandse geschiedenis 2 - Cultuurwetenschap II||5|
|Inleiding in de Nederlandse letterkunde 2 - Cultuurwetenschap II||5|
First and second semester
|Oral Proficiency: presentation and debating - Language Acquisition II||5|
Apart from a required course of Dutch Language (Vocabulary/Writing/Grammar) and a final paper in the Dutch studies, the third year consists of a modular course or a minor in Dutch Linguistics, Literature, History or Art History. Those courses are taken at another department, mostly the Dutch Language and Culture Department, The History Department or The Art History Department. In the third year the students are also required to take two Core Curriculum courses in order to obtain the general knowledge necessary for all the students of the Faculty of Humanities.
|Course||EC||Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Woordenschat, schrijven en grammatica - Taalvaardigheid III||10|
Choose one of these four
|Kerncurriculum: Inleiding Historische Wetenschap||5|
|Kerncurriculum: Inleiding literatuurwetenschap||5|
|Kerncurriculum: Inleiding taalwetenschap||5|
|Kerncurriculum: World Art Studies||5|
|BA eindwerkstuk Nederlandkunde/Dutch Studies||10|
Other optional courses
|Topics in tweedetaalverwerving||5|
The Dutch Studies Department trains non-native speakers of Dutch to become experts
on the Netherlands and the Dutch language. Students acquire extended knowledge
of the language and culture of the Netherlands. They also acquire the ability to tackle
theoretical and practical problems in a manner consistent with the practice in this field of
study. Most of all, students learn to independently reflect on the literature of the field.
Graduates have acquired a command of Dutch at C1 level for reading and listening skills.
For spoken interaction, speaking and writing, graduates have acquired a B2 level or
higher. For more information on these levels, see:
General knowledge of and insight into the field of Dutch Studies (structure and
historical development of the Dutch language, an overview of authors, literary
movements and works in Dutch literature, an overview of national history and Dutch
cultural and art history, and a number of aspects of contemporary Dutch culture and
General knowledge of and insight into the core concepts, scientific apparatus, research
methods and techniques used in studying national history, Dutch language and
literature, art history and cultural history.
Students in possession of a Bachelor’s degree in Dutch Studies are automatically admitted
to the one-year Master’s programme in Dutch Studies and to the one-year Master’s programme in Dutch Language and Culture. Depending on their study results,
students can also be admitted to a two-year Research Master, e.g. ‘Study of Art and Literature’ or ‘Linguistics’
. For more information on
the Master’s programmes and the application procedure, see mastersinleiden.nl.
The focus of the Bachelor’s programme in Dutch Studies lies on Dutch language and
culture. The first (propedeuse) and the second year of the Bachelor’s programme consist
of compulsory courses.English will be used as the language of instruction only in the first semester
of the first year. In the third year, there is room for a subsidiary subjects (worth a
total of 30 ects).
Teaching in the first two years concentrates on language acquisition: language acquisition courses represent half the credits in the first year and one third of the credits in the second year. In the first two years, special attention is also paid to the study of language from a scientific perspective. In addition, the first year includes introductions to Dutch Studies, Dutch Art History
and Dutch Culture and Society, while the second year includes introductions to Dutch
Linguistics, Literature and History. From the first year onwards, students are trained in
research methods and techniques.
In addition to the general requirements, the Department also requires students to have
successfully completed the first-year course ‘Introduction to Dutch Culture and Society’
For information on BSA in English, please see the website:
hum.leidenuniv.nl/dutchstudies. On the homepage, go to ‘Study Manual’.
You can also apply for this digital Study Manual. Please send your request to
The third year consists of advanced language training. An important part of the third
year is the Core Curriculum consisting of a Philosophy of Science course and one of the
following courses: Introduction to Historical
Studies, Introduction to Linguistics, Introduction to Literary Studies or World Art Studies.
During this last year students specialize in Dutch literature, linguistics, history or art history. They are also required to write a BA-thesis worth 10 ects.
In addition to the main subjects and Core Curriculum subjects, the third year offers
students room for subsidiary subjects worth 30 ects. Since students are also required
to choose their specialisation and write a Bachelor’s thesis, they are advised to select a
subsidiary subject of Dutch Linguistics, Dutch Literature, Dutch History or Dutch Art
In order to graduate, students are required to have completed the full 180-credits
programme including the main Dutch Studies subjects, the Core Curriculum subjects, a
subsidiary subject and the Bachelor’s thesis.
To conclude the Bachelor’s programme in Dutch Studies, students must have written a
thesis in Dutch of a maximum of 8500 words (10 ects). The thesis research and writing
must be carried out independently, under the supervision of a professor. The choice of a
supervisor depends on the choice of the thesis subject.
Read more about the regulations for the Bachelor’s thesis (in Dutch).