1.15 Guidelines for new departments of Dutch

Below is an overview of the support that we can offer institutes of higher education outside the Dutch-language area that offer Dutch as a foreign language and want to start a new and lasting initiative.

The future department of Dutch offers Dutch as a foreign language and must be part of an institute of higher education.

Our support depends on the geographical location, ambition, needs and wishes of the applying institution. More specifically, we can offer the following:

  • Support and advice on curriculum development, teaching materials, networks and methodology;
  • Admission of your teaching staff to our summer teacher-training courses in the Netherlands and Flanders;
  • Admission of your students with at least B1 level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment:  http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/cadre1_en.asp) to our annual summer course in Ghent, Flanders;
  • Introduction to the worldwide network of Low Countries Studies and regional teachers’ associations;
  • Support and advice on recruitment of local and Dutch-speaking teachers (e.g. help with the vacancy text and the announcement);
  • Financial support in the form of co-financing:
    • one-off start-up grant for the department;
    • after the start-up: a basic annual grant for purchasing equipment and didactic tools, such as teaching materials, novels, subscriptions to newspapers and magazines related to the study of the language and culture of the Low Countries;
    • annual grants for your students and teaching staff to participate in the summer courses.


The Dutch Language Union offers support on the basis of:

  • a written proposal (information on the applying institution, underlying motive for offering Dutch, ambition and aims of the new department of Dutch, information on resources and needs, multi-annual budget estimate);
  • a funding application;
  • a written and signed guarantee that the applying institution will embed the programme in the overall curriculum of the institution in the long term, i.e. also after the start-up;
  • the mention of the Dutch Language Union (Nederlandse Taalunie) and the use of its logo in publications and communication related to the study of the language and culture of the Low Countries at your institution.

Our website http://taalunieversum.org/inhoud/financieringen provides an overview of funding options for institutes of higher education that offer Dutch courses.
The following page offers more information on the Dutch Language Union: http://over.taalunie.org/dutch-language-union.


If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to aanvraagfinanciering@taalunie.org.

12 april 2018