This year, the annual Dutch-language Course ("The Summer Course") will again be held virtually (Zoom) and is slightly abbreviated from the in-person courses that we normally hold at Columbia University.
Applications are invited for a course in modern Dutch and early modern Dutch/paleography, each section of which can be taken separately. The course is free-of-charge. Funding has been provided through the Nederlandse Taalunie (Dutch Language Union).
The course has two distinct sections, and students may apply to either or both. A single letter of application (which should include a statement of the applicant's Dutch-language skills) will suffice for any section(s) of the course, but applicants should be sure to include a Letter of Purpose.
Applicants are requested to clearly state which sections they are applying to, by stating it in boldface on the letter of application.
APPLICATIONS FOR ALL SESSIONS ARE DUE MONDAY, APRIL 4 , 2022
Descriptions of the courses and requirements for admission to each section
Schedule (all times are New York time zone)
Dutch for Reading Knowledge
week I May 23 - 26 (M - Th) 11 am - 3 pm
week II May 31 - June 3 (T - F) 11 am - 3 pm
Reading 17th Century Dutch Texts and Paleography
week III June 6 - 9 (M - Th) 10 am - 12 pm Paleography
1 pm - 3 pm Reading strategies (printed)17th-century Dutch Texts
Week I & II: Modern Dutch for Reading Knowledge
This section will cover reading strategies, grammar and vocabulary of (modern) Dutch texts.
Open to all students with the equivalent of 2 semesters or more of Dutch (or 4 semesters of German or equivalent) at the university level, or who can show adequate language skills acquired through other means such as self-study. Students are asked to submit evidence of competence in the language. Preference will be given to students enrolled in a PhD program, although M.A. students may apply. Students who are unsure if their level of Dutch is satisfactory should contact Wijnie de Groot (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Week III: 17th-century Dutch texts/paleography workshop
The workshop will cover reading strategies of 17th-century printed texts, and a separate morning session focusing on paleography (taught by Dr. Frans Blom of the University of Amsterdam).
Open to all students with the equivalent of 3 semesters or more of Dutch or 2 full years of German at the university level, or who can show adequate language skills acquired through other means such as self-study. Students must submit evidence of competence in the language. In addition, students should submit a letter of application and a letter of purpose explaining their reason for application. Preference will be given to students enrolled in a PhD program, although M.A students may apply.
All applications and inquiries
should be emailed to Wijnie de Groot at email@example.com.