Dutch Studies Program


    The Dutch Studies Program aims to provide its students with a thorough and multifaceted education of Dutch language, culture, and history that is unparalleled. Building upon the unique and storied history that Nagasaki shares with the Netherlands, this program aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to play an active role in future Japanese-Dutch relations. In a broader context, students will have the opportunity to learn about other European nations from a multitude of perspectives. This program includes one year of study in Leiden University in the Netherlands.


    The Dutch Studies Program is composed of the ‘Dutch Language’ Module, shared Foundation Modules (which are taken in students’ first and second years), and the ‘Dutch Studies’ Advanced Module (which is taken in their third and fourth years).

    The ‘Dutch Studies’ Advanced Module comprises the following four subjects: Contemporary Dutch Society, Dutch Culture, Comparative Cultures: Japan and the Netherlands, and a History of Japanese-Dutch Relations. The lectures on Contemporary Dutch Society and on Dutch Culture will be taught by visiting lecturers from Leiden University.

    One year of study at Leiden University is mandatory for all students in this program. At Leiden University, lectures will be provided on the basis of student needs, their future plans, and through consultation with lecturers in Nagasaki and Leiden. Contingent on their performance, students can receive up to 10 credits towards their required coursework credits from their time attending lectures in Leiden University.

    In addition to developing students’ Dutch language and communication skills, this programs aims to help them succeed in the globalized world. Accordingly, students will also get acquainted with systems that operate on a global scale such as the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).


    In their second year, students of the Dutch Studies Program are required to take 6 classes in one of the following three Foundation Modules: the ‘Mechanisms of Global Society’ Module, the ‘Language and Culture’ Module or the ‘Social and Cultural Interactions’ Module. In addition, these students are also required to take 3 classes from one of the two Foundation Modules that have not been chosen above (i.e., presented as Supplementary Modules in the Figure below).

    Subsequently, in their third and fourth years, students are required to fulfill the requirements of the ‘Dutch Studies’ Advanced Module, which entail taking 4 classes in the Module and participating in one year of study at Leiden University. Further, students are also required to take 6 classes from one of the other three Advanced Modules: the ‘Global Studies’ Module, the ‘Social Dynamics’ Module or the ‘Culture and Communication’ Module (i.e., presented as Supplementary Modules in the Figure below).