1.15 Guidelines for new departments of Dutch

For universities or departements outside the Dutch language area that want to start a new and lasting initiative, below we give a survey of the support that we have to offer to institutions of higher education that offer Dutch as a foreign language.

The department of Dutch to be offers Dutch as a foreign language and it has to be part of an institution for 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 teacher training courses in the summer in the Netherlands and Flanders;
  • Admission of your students with at least the 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-time only grant for the start-up of the department;
    • after the start-up: an annual basic grant for equipment and didactic purchases, 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 Dutch department, information on resources and needs, multi-annual budget estimate);
- a financing 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.

On our website http://taalunieversum.org/inhoud/financieringen you can find a survey of financing opportunities for higher education institutions that offer Dutch courses.
On the following page you can find more information on the Dutch Language Union: http://over.taalunie.org/dutch-language-union.


Have you still got any questions? please do not hesitate to send us an e-mail at aanvraagfinanciering@taalunie.org.

8 september 2017