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


Calvin is one of only a handful of colleges and universities nationwide that offers a Dutch major and minor program. Our location in Grand Rapids provides the unique advantage of a thriving Dutch community to support your language 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.

Careers in Dutch

  • Professor
  • Translator
  • Historian
  • Linguist

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

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

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By the numbers

Off-campus semester programs in places like Ghana, England, China and Hungary.
Off-campus interim courses offered each January
Students who studied off-campus last year


Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Dutch International Society Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,500; $2,500
  • any class level
  • GPA of 2.70+
  • financial need required; taking classes in the Dutch language program
  • apply through the Dutch department using the forms located below the scholarship listing
Alan and Jan Pauw Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.00+
  • financial need required; majoring in history, philosophy, or a foreign language
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
View all scholarship opportunities


Herman De Vries

Herman De Vries
Professor of Germanic Languages, Frederik Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture
Frederik Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture
Department of Dutch
HH 423
(616) 526-6804

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F. Corey Roberts F. Corey Roberts
Department Chair
Department of German
HH 426
(616) 526-7583


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