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Languages at UW-Madison


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; courses in Dutch culture and literature that are of general interest and fulfill breadth requirements are taught in English, or for Dutch credit. Dutch language skills and knowledge of the Dutch-speaking world are useful complements to degree programs across the humanities, social and natural sciences, and engineering, as they strengthen your qualifications for careers in diverse fields or for graduate or professional school.

Courses offered in fall 2018 include: 
-First- and third-semester Dutch language courses
-German 245: Topics in Dutch Culture: Amsterdam - New Amsterdam - New York
-Literature in Translation 326: Families: Secrets”

Majors & Certificates 

European Studies Certificate; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.


Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor,

Language Conversation Table 

Thursdays 7:30-8:30pm, Memorial Union, Stiftskeller/Rathskeller or nearby 

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Study Abroad 

You can study Dutch in the Netherlands. Contact International Academic Programs for more information. Additional opportunities are available through the Wisconsin School of Business.

Student Organizations 

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.