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Dutch Studies

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Dutch Studies is a minor for international and Dutch students who want to gain profound insight into Dutch culture and society in a global context. It features a multidisciplinary approach combining methods from history (World War 2, The Sexual Revolution), art history (Rembrandt, Van Gogh), literature (Multatuli, Anne Frank) and cultural analysis (Decolonisation, Ecocriticism) to disclose the past and present of the Netherlands.

You will study the historic, social and cultural effects of global issues in the Netherlands. In times of globalisation, regional expertise is pivotal to cross-border communication in the cultural, political and economic sectors. In excursions and group activities you will develop the historic and cultural sensitivity and transcultural flexibility required for any international career.

Study programme

The minor in Dutch Studies comprises 30 ECTS and consists of the following courses:

Semester 1

  • Dutch Culture and Society (6 ECTS)
  • Golden Age Amsterdam as a Creative City (6 ECTS)
  • All-time Bestsellers from Amsterdam (6 ECTS)

Semester 2 

  • The History and Future of Reading (6 ECTS)
  • The Netherlands in the World (6 ECTS)

Related Master's programmes

This minor may serve as a good preparation for academic Bachelor’s students who want to apply for admission to a Master's programme in Literary Studies, History, Art and Culture, Region Studies, Media Studies, European Studies, Politics and Sociology.  Always check the entry requirements on the Application and Admission page of the Master’s programme you are interested in.

Entry requirements

This minor is open for application to students who have obtained an academic first-year diploma or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme. This entails that you must have obtained at least 48 ECTS in your propaedeutic year.
Please note that if one of the courses is part of your personal study track, you cannot register for this minor. Students in the Bachelor’s programme Nederlandse taal en cultuur should particularly check the courses: Golden Age Amsterdam as a Creative City and The History and Future of Reading.

The minor is also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. If you are an HBO student and if you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out our pre-Master's programmes, as completing a minor is not enough to grant you access to Master’s programmes. 


You can enrol in this minor between 11 May 2021, 08:00 and 22 June 2021 in order to do this minor in the academic year of 2021-2022. Please follow the step-by-step application guide on the page below in order to enrol. Please note: placement will happen on a first-come, first-served basis. So, do not hesitate and enrol as early as possible to increase your chances.

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Credits 30 ECTS,
Language of instruction Dutch, English
Starts in September