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
- 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) 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.

   This financial support consists of:
         . 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 Union for the Dutch Language (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.

More information
Our website provides an overview of funding options for institutes of higher education that offer Dutch courses.
The following page offers more information on the Union for the Dutch Language.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to
You can also take a look at the original text in Dutch.