Support Dutch Studies in the United States.

In contrast to larger countries such as France and Germany, smaller countries like the Netherlands, Flanders (Belgium) and Suriname do not have access to the same level of resources to set up and maintain university chairs in the study of their own official languages, even if they pool all of their resources. While the Nederlandse Taalunie provides advice and assistance for the education of Dutch outside its language region, it is dependent on the local universities when it comes to offering that education.

Studying Dutch in the United States

Every year around 900 American students study Dutch at their home universities. Their reasons for choosing Dutch are as diverse as the students themselves: origin and family ties, interest in the shared historywith and the art and cultural history of the Low Countries, and a wide range of other academic interests.

Despite broad and diverse interest in the Dutch language and culture in the United States, Dutch remains one of the Less Commonly Taught Languages at US universities. Due to the financial crisis, departments of Dutch even face financial restraints or serious budget cuts. The Nederlandse Taalunie is working to change this by solidifying the position of Dutch Studies as an independent academic endeavor at universities in the US. Campaigns by American universities to promote their Dutch departments, such as at Columbia University, New York and the University of California, Berkeley, can provide a tremendous boost to these efforts. The Taalunie stands behind these campaigns with a case for support, an Advisory Council, and a network of people and organizations who are also eager to lend its expertise and experience to promoting Dutch Studies.

University of California, Berkeley
Plan: Designated Emphasis on Dutch Studies

Columbia University, New York
Plan: Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of the Dutch-speaking World

Advisory Council
The project 'Support Dutch Studies in the United States' has its own Advisory Council. It is made up of specialists and representatives of associations who aim to maintain warm relations between the Low Countries and the United States. They provide recommendations on cooperating with Dutch departments at American universities and they assist in finding people who are willing to support these programs. Read more about the members of the Advisory Council.

Download the Taalunie case for support