Introduction to Dutch Culture and Language
Full course description
Also known as Holland, the Netherlands has been an international hub of trade, education and travel since the 16th century. The population is internationally minded, multilingual and highly educated. Highly industrious, Dutch society nonetheless has a relaxed pace of life and is tolerant and egalitarian, eschewing hierarchy in favour of negotiation, discussion and compromise.
Though cheese, windmills, tulips and clogs seem to dominate the image of the Netherlands, it is famous for much more: from the breathtaking art of the Dutch Golden Age painters (Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Vermeer) to state-of-the-art water management (the Dutch Delta Works are called one of the seven wonders of the modern world); from influential multinationals to the International Court of Justice in the Hague; from pioneering civil rights to the founding of New York (originally New Amsterdam). Studying abroad in the Netherlands is an unforgettable experience.
For University of California students studying abroad at Maastricht University, the Center for European Studies (CES) organises an intensive two-week orientation programme that aims to provide a solid foundation for their stay in the Netherlands.
Dutch Culture and Language (DCL) is an intensive course that includes lectures, movie nights, seminar sessions and Dutch language classes. The course also includes an extensive study trip to Amsterdam and Delft and a field trip to the European Commission in Brussels!
The course aims at providing students with a solid foundation for the time they will spend in Maastricht and at Maastricht University. The course comprises three compulsory (academic) components:
- an intensive language course at Berlitz Language Centre
- combined with an intensive cultural programme (partly during the language course, partly through lectures)
- a social programme aiming at supporting the language and culture aspects of the programme