More than anything else, language is the gateway to another culture. From the settlement of New Amsterdam (more commonly know as New York) to the founding of Calvin itself, the language and culture of the Netherlands have shaped our societal identity.

Calvin is proud to be one of only a handful of universities nationwide that offer a Dutch major and minor program. Our location in Grand Rapids provides the unique advantage of a thriving Dutch community to support our studies. By combining a strong classroom foundation with rich cultural engagement, Calvin is able to offer a quality education to any student interested in germanic languages.

Student involvement

Study abroad in the Netherlands over interim or for a semester; join the Dutch department for Sinterklaus and Konninginedag parties; ride in Calvin's annual "Go Green, Go Dutch, Go Bike!" event; attend Dutch chapel.

Course Requirements


Work with your Dutch advisor to carefully choose six electives for your Dutch major.


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