With 24 million speakers—and growing—Dutch is an important language in the European Union and beyond. It’s an official language in the Netherlands, Belgium (in Flanders and Brussels), Suriname, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint-Maarten. Because the Dutch have maintained world-wide connections for many centuries, the language is an important vehicle for communication and research across a number of fields. The Netherlands was an early ally of the USA; the two countries to this day share close and productive relationships in the areas of investment, trade, diplomacy, education and the arts.
Given the close relationship among Germanic languages, it is relatively easy for speakers of English to become proficient in Dutch. After completing just the third semester of our Dutch language series, students are ready to study at a Dutch university abroad, including through our signature program in Utrecht.
Students at UW–Madison are able to select from a range of courses in Dutch language and linguistics; courses in topics in Dutch culture and literature that are of general interest are taught in English, or for Dutch credit. Dutch is a useful skill for subjects across the humanities, social and natural sciences, and engineering, thereby strengthening your qualifications for careers in diverse fields or for graduate or professional school.
European Studies Certificate; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.
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Browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.
Consider an internship where you can use Dutch, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.