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Dutch Language, Culture and Communication

Minor Dutch Language, Culture and Communication

This minor is intended for international students who want to further expand their knowledge of the Dutch language, culture and communication, for example in preparation for the Dutch labour market. During this minor you will delve into various aspects of Dutch language (from A1 level), culture, identity and communication, while being able to choose the courses that most closely match your interests.

Keukenhof-DvA-159705 (resized)

About the minor

In this minor for international students at Radboud University, you will delve into various aspects of Dutch language and culture. You can construct your own minor by choosing electives. The courses you can choose from are offered by different faculties at our university. Which courses are suitable for you depend on your personal interests, but also on your current curriculum as well as your language proficiency level in Dutch.

In total, you will follow at least 15 ECs worth of courses related to the theme of the minor.

Students can register for the minor via OSIRIS (code LET-MI-DPDL). Please note that you also need to enroll in each of the individual courses that you plan to follow as part of the minor.
This also applies to students from the Faculty of Arts who started before September 2018.
Students from the Faculty of Arts who started in or after September 2018 need to register for the 
disciplinary package (LET-MI-DPDLCC).

If you need more information or advice regarding possible electives, please contact Bente Berenschot (bente.berenschot2@let.ru.nl

Language proficiency courses

  1. Dutch (Business) Culture and Labour Market
    Period: 1&2 / 3&4
    Entry requirement: Dutch proficiency A1 (CEFR)

  2. The Dutch Language
    Period: 1 / 3
    Entry requirement: Dutch proficiency A1 (CEFR)

  3. The Dutch Identity
    Period: 2 / 4
    Entry requirement: Dutch proficiency A2 (CEFR), after completing The Dutch Language, Social Dutch III, or a certificate that demonstrates level A2.

Please note:

  • The target language of these courses is Dutch; Dutch is therefore the main language of instruction. You are encouraged to speak Dutch as much as possible during lectures and group assignments.
  • To meet the entry requirement, students can make use of the possibility to attend two (social) Dutch courses for free prior to taking these more advanced courses. For more information about Social Dutch, please check the website of in'to languages.

English or German-taught courses

The following courses are taught in English – and in one case German – and focus on topics that are closely linked to the theme of this minor, like Dutch art and history or contemporary debates about democratic politics in the Netherlands, but also on more general topics like multilingualism or intercultural communication.

  1. Dutch History, Politics and Culture
    MAN-INT009 (6 EC)
    Period: 1 / 4

  2. Intercultural Communication*

    LET-CIWB152-IBC (5 EC)
    Period: 1 / 3

  3. Theme course: Multilingualism in Europe
    LET-LETMI-TH11 (5 EC)
    Period: 1

  4. Interkulturelle Kommunikation Niederlande-Deutschland
    LET-DTCB201 (5 EC)
    Period: 1&2

  5. Glory of the Renaissance and Baroque in Italy and the Netherlands
    LET-KGB701 (5 EC)
    Period: 1&2

  6. Expansion and Reflection: Vision and Thought in the Dutch Republic
    LET-KGB280 (5 EC)
    Period: 3&4

  7. Political change and opposition
    SOW-SOB2040 (6 EC)
    Period: 4

* This course is also offered in Dutch. You can only take one of these two courses.

Dutch-taught courses

The following Dutch-taught courses are also open to Lingua Receptiva students (“luistertaal”). Lingua Receptiva means that students who have sufficient receptive knowledge of Dutch to be able to read texts and follow lectures, but whose speaking and writing skills in Dutch might not be good enough, are given the opportunity to do the assignments, presentations and (oral) exams in English. So for example, in case of an exam the questions are in Dutch but you may answer them in English. If you are interested and think you have sufficient receptive skills, please contact the coordinator of that course. Click here for a receptive skills test Dutch.

  1. Taal, Communicatie en Media
    LET-NTCB130 (5 EC)
    Period: 1

  2. Fonetiek
    LET-TWB129 (5 EC)
    Period: 1&2
  3. Taalanalyse

    LET-TWB135 (5 EC)
    Period: 1&2

  4. Taalkundige databestanden
    LET-TWB121 (5 EC) 
    Period: 1&2

  5. De Nederlandse canon van middeleeuwen tot heden
    LET-NTCB115 (5 EC)
    Period: 1&2

  6. Literatuur en engagement in Verlichting en Romantiek
    LET-NTCB215 (5 EC)
    Period: 1&2

  7. Middeleeuwse auteurs als entertainers en moraalridders
    LET-NTCB214 (5 EC)
    Period: 1&2

  8. Inleiding Sociologie
    SOW-SOB1001 (6 EC)
    Period: 1&2

  9. Interculturele communicatie*
    LET-CIWB152 (5 EC)
    Period: 3
    Note: this course is also offered in English. You can only take one of these two courses.

  10. Semantiek
    LET-TWB116 (5 EC)
    Period: 3&4

  11. Van woord tot zin
    LET-TWB133 (5 EC)
    Period: 3&4
    Note: register for the seminar group NTC

  12. De 'ander' in de moderne Vlaamse literatuur
    LET-NTCB240 (5 EC)
    Period: 3&4

  13. Nederlandse Politiek in Vergelijkend Perspectief
    MAN-BCU282A (6 EC)
    Period: 3&4

  14. Literatuur en identiteit in de Gouden Eeuw
    LET-NTCB117 (5 EC)
    Period: 4

  15. Tussen reformatie en verlichting
    LET-KGB1226 (5 EC)
    Period: 4