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MADutch Language and Culture Studies

Tuition fee €2,500 per semester
Application fee €150 one-time

The application fee is non-refundable

Examination fee €100 one-time
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Short description

The MA course in Dutch Language and Culture Studies aims to train professionals in Dutch language, as well as Dutch/Flemish literature, culture and history, who are able to use this language on an advanced level, both in writing and speaking (level C2) and use it in their professions. Moreover, they gain in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of Dutch literature, culture and history. The chief objective of the Department of Dutch Studies is to teach and research Dutch language, literature and culture in its complexity. Dutch Studies embraces the language, literature and culture of two countries: the Netherlands and Flemish Belgium. The MA program does not provide teaching qualifications.

Students of Dutch Language and Culture Studies MA will be able to acquire a wide-range education, different skills and knowledge. The course provides specialized Dutch and philological and linguistic studies, language skills on high level, professional knowledge of Dutch literature and culture and insight in literary translation. The MA programme prepares students for starting a PhD programme.

This program is recommended to applicants who are interested in languages, literature, translation, cultural studies, media, intercultural communication and cultural diplomacy. It is especially recommended to those, who are interested in studying the Dutch language, cultures and literatures on academic level.

This program enables students to learn the Dutch language on a professional level, use it in academic writing, as well as everyday oral argumentation in a scholarly and business environment. Students will thus attain in depth knowledge of academic research, evaluation and critical thinking in literature, Dutch and Flemish socio-political history, and develop an understanding of the linguistic levels of description and analysis of Dutch (phonology, morphology and syntax).

The following subjects are taught in the framework of the Dutch Language and Culture Program:
linguistics: history of the Dutch language, descriptive grammar, lexicology, lexicography, phonetics and phonology of Dutch
the history of literature of the Low Countries from the Middle Ages up to the present time
literary, cultural and translation theory
translation practice
literary translation practice
the culture and history of the Low Countries
the history of art in the Low Countries
practical language courses: speaking, writing, corresponding, translation
Strength of program
The MA programme in Dutch Language and Culture Studies aims to provide in depth knowledge and skills (language, linguistic, literary and cultural studies) necessary for the philological study of The Netherlands and the Flemish part of Belgium to its graduates. Our programme results in graduates with not only high proficiency in the Dutch language, but also a familiarity with the societies and cultures of the countries where Dutch is spoken as the first language. Our graduates will be familiar with fields and methods of academic research and will be able to meet the requirements of the PhD course.

Strength of program
Students acquire the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills that can be utilised in both private and public-sector establishments.
Level of language proficiency corresponds to C2 level (proficiency) of CEFR. Language of instruction in the courses is Dutch (with the exception of the translation and interpretation courses, where Hungarian is also used).
Students are eligible for admission to PhD programmes.

Programme structure

Find the detailed structure of the program on the site of the Faculty:

Career opportunities

Career opportunities
In all fields requiring a university degree without specifications of majors: publisher’s houses, proof reading, editing, journalism, book reviews, interpreting, translating, language professionals at multinational companies. Degree holders can continue in PhD programmes requiring a major specific degree.

Graduates of the MA in Dutch Language and Culture Studies are sought in the following fields:
—the world of business
—the media
—the translation of books and periodicals
—international relations institutes and think-tanks
—responsible for grant applications
—local government offices
—the arts

Job examples
—Editor at publisher’s houses, dailies, journals,
—Journalist, essayist,
—Tourist guide, cultural interpreter,
—Interpreter, translator of literary and non-literary texts,
—Front and back office professional at multilingual service-centres,
—Project manager at government organisations,
—Professionals in cultural diplomacy, embassies, cultural centres,
—Dutch language teacher

Apply now! September 2024/25
Application deadline
30 Jun 2024, 23:59:59
Central European Time
Studies commence
5 Sept 2024
Apply now! September 2024/25
Application deadline
30 Jun 2024, 23:59:59
Central European Time
Studies commence
5 Sept 2024