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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 Christa van Mourik (christa.vanmourik@ru.nl

Language proficiency courses

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

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

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

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 focus on topics that are closely linked to the theme of this minor, like 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 / 4

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

  4. 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. Furthermore, you are only allowed to register for this course once a semester. If you register for this course in period 3, you are not allowed to register again in period 4 of the same academic year.

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. Inleiding Sociologie
    SOW-SOB1001 (6 EC)
    Period: 1
  3. Fonetiek
    LET-TWB129 (5 EC)
    Period: 1&2
  4. Taalanalyse
    LET-TWB135 (5 EC)
    Period: 1&2
  5. Taalkundige databestanden
    LET-TWB121 (5 EC)
    Period: 1&2
  6. Interculturele communicatie*
    LET-CIWB152 (5 EC)
    Period: 3 / 4
    Note: this course is also offered in English. You can only take one of these two courses. You are only allowed to register for this course once a semester. If you register for this course in period 3, you are not allowed to register again in period 4 of the same academic year.
  7. Semantiek
    LET-TWB116 (5 EC)
    Period: 3&4
  8. Van woord tot zin
    LET-TWB133N (5 EC)
    Period: 3&4
  9. Nederlandse Politiek in Vergelijkend Perspectief
    MAN-BCU282A (6 EC)
    Period: 3&4

From a student's perspective

Paula DLCC"I have very much enjoyed my time in the Netherlands so far and do not regret my choice to come here at all. I am very happy about all the lovely people I got to meet here and love the good biking infrastructure. As for the minor, I learned a lot about the Dutch language, its history, and connections to other languages. The latter was especially interesting for me with German as my first language, because of the close connection that Dutch and German have. Some other very useful skills I obtained are about applying for a job in the Netherlands and about the different sectors of work. Since there are often a lot of differences from country to country concerning things like health assurance or working climate, it is good to gain some knowledge before potentially working here so you don’t have to learn everything the hard way. I would definitely recommend this minor because you get in touch with other internationals and learn a lot of helpful things about the Netherlands while also improving your Dutch!"

- Paula Heupel, third-year Bachelor's student Cognitive Science (Osnabrück, Germany)