Course in Language Proficiency in Dutch, 7.5 credits

About the education

The Language Proficiency Course further develops the knowledge acquired in the Reading Proficiency Course. The course provides basic skills in spoken and written Dutch.

Subject: Dutch

Dutch is the official language in the Netherlands and the northern part of Belgium (Flanders). The language is spoken by a total of 21 million people in the two countries.

The terms Flemish and Netherlandish were used previously but are now obsolete given the language union between Flanders and the Netherlands in 1980. In the new Europe, the aim is to have the Netherlands and Flanders form a single linguistic and (it is hoped) cultural unit. The difference between Dutch in Belgium and Dutch in the Netherlands is no greater than the difference between Swedish in Finland and Standard Swedish.

Dutch I provides basic skills in spoken and written Dutch and an overview of social structures and literature.

At higher levels, students can choose among courses like translation, Afrikaans, medieval culture and society, the Dutch Golden Age and older as well as modern literature. After completing the programme, students may pursue work in translation or with the EU. Linguistic skills in Dutch can also serve as a complement to other studies like political science and business administration.

Area of interest: Language and Linguistics

Languages open doors to other cultures, experiences, business contacts and collaboration between countries. At Stockholm University you can study nearly 30 different languages. You can also delve into more theoretical subjects such as Linguistics and Bilingualism.

Language and Linguistics studies can lead to a large variety of professions within teaching, research and industry, the public sector, trade and tourism, and other areas.