Article 5.f of the Treaty on the Union for the Dutch Language states that the Union for the Dutch Language (Nederlandse Taalunie) promotes the tuition of the Dutch language, Dutch literature and Dutch cultural history abroad.
As a part of this, the Union for the Dutch Language supports Dutch studies abroad by means of grants and other instruments. These grants promote professionalism in Dutch tuition and studies in higher education abroad.
The grants are allocated according to an established system.
The Union for the Dutch Language distinguishes:
A. Funding for Dutch in the border regions
Dutch is spoken in many parts of Belgium's French-speaking community, in northern France and in the German border region, and it is also offered as a subject at primary and secondary schools and in adult education. The Union for the Dutch Language provides funding for such classes in cooperation with local authorities.
B. Funding for Dutch at universities abroad
The Dutch Language Union offers funding to institutes of higher education abroad that offer Dutch as a major or minor subject.
B1. Support for departments of Dutch:
B2. Support for academic networks
B3. Research outside the Dutch-language area
B4. New departments of Dutch