Dutch language a popular study choice in Eastern Europe

Local newspaper Volkskrant reports that the number of Dutch Studies students in the Netherlands has halved in the past decade. But in Eastern European universities, the Dutch language is an increasingly popular study choice, reports NL Times.

The University of Wroclaw in western Poland has the largest Dutch study programme in Central and Eastern Europe. The faculty has an average of between 170 and 200 students per year. “In good years, there are even 250,” Barabara Kalla, head of the department, told the Volkskrant. By comparison, Dutch Studies in the Netherlands averages about 200 students per year.

The popularity is partly due to job prospects. Dutch multinationals are eager to hire students who speak the language. And because Dutch speakers are rarer than, for example, English or German speakers abroad, it often comes with a good starting salary.
Full report on the NL Times site