College of Arts and Sciences

Germanic Studies


At IU you can learn Dutch to achieve a wide range of goals, such as the enhancement of your qualifications for international business, the exploration or cultivation of family heritage, direct access to a prominent cultural tradition, and skill acquisition for your research in academic fields such as European history and art history.

Dutch is spoken by approximately 23 million people in Europe and by an additional few million inhabitants of the countries Aruba, Curacao, Saint Maarten, and Suriname. It holds official status in The Netherlands, in Belgium, and in Suriname. Two of Europe's most internationally important cities, The Hague, home of the International Court of Justice, and Brussels, the capital of the European Union, fall within the Dutch language boundaries. Afrikaans, which is widely spoken in South Africa, grew out of seventeenth-century Dutch and is similar to modern Dutch. The Dutch language is also an important source-language in countries including Indonesia, the USA, Brazil, and Japan.

The Department of Germanic Studies offers 7 semesters of Dutch language instruction: N100 through N400.  All our Dutch language courses can be taken online.

For further information and advising about academic opportunities in Dutch language and culture, including study in the Netherlands or Belgium, please see the Director for the Dutch Program, Esther Ham,, Global and International Studies Building 3122, (812) 855-7173.

Germanic Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3103
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105
Phone: 812-855-1553
Fax: 812-855-8927