ALCS Zomercursus at the University of Edinburgh

We are proud to announce the first edition of the ALCS Summer School for students of Dutch in the UK and Ireland. From 3 – 8 July 2022 we will offer a week of language sessions,  events and workshops. The Summer School is kindly supported by de Nederlandse Taalunie.

The theme of our summer school is Hoge Landen, Lage landen because we will explore cultural, political and economic links between Scotland and the Low Countries in addition to the daily language sessions.

Are you a student of Dutch with at least CEFRA A1+ experience? Then this may be something for you. More details and how to enrol is available on Hoge Landen, Lage Landen.

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10th ALCS Student Days 2017: An Impression




On 23 and 24 March 2017 over seventy students and staff from Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield and UCL flocked to London for the 10th edition of the ALCS Student Days.

Christine Sas (UCL) put together an informative, inspiring and fun programme for all students of Dutch in the UK and Ireland. Both mood and content of this edition of the Student Days underlined that Dutch Studies is an exciting study option and that our students become part of a community that offers plenty of (career) opportunities.

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The two-day event kicked off with a workshop subtitling. Prior to the Student Days, all participants from Beginner to Advanced levels were asked to pick their favourite Flemish or Dutch short film. Cinema Bioscoop and UCL’s Centre for Translation Studies first presented the basics of screen translation and then the students were invited to get stuck in.  In small groups they tackled no less than nine short films: eight were given English subtitles, one was translated into Dutch.
The subtitling was not just practice but the real thing:  the newly subtitled short films were shown to the students and the general public in the trendy RADA Studios that very evening. How fabulous to see the students applying their Dutch linguistic and cultural knowledge to unlock the work of young Dutch and Flemish filmmakers for an international audience.

Stand out

studentsalcs1On the Friday morning our Careers Panel of alumni agreed: they had not anticipated  that choosing to study Dutch would prove so crucial to their career path. From the freelance translators –Tom Warne, Mark Potter, Scott Emblen-Jarrett – to Debbie Iles (Staffing and Recruitment for Benelux), Aimée Hardy (London Regional manager Anne Frank Trust), Lauren Harris (spokesperson and Senior Communications Advisor Dutch Embassy) and Christina Barningham (Foreign and Common Wealth Office, Brussels), they all confirmed that having Dutch on their CV made them stand out when applying for jobs.  Their tips for the students in a nutshell: be bold; be aware how special your language and cultural skills are; and don’t miss out on networking opportunities.

The final slot was for NOS correspondent Tim de Wit. Before shooting off to put together an item for the Dutch main evening news, De Wit shared his experience of his first two years as a correspondent in the UK and Ireland. His anecdotes struck a cord with anybody who works in UK-VL/NL circles, but there was a serious message too: he stressed the importance of ethical journalism, of the continued necessity to tell the full story of the UK to a Dutch audience, in particular in the light of Brexit.

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The ALCS expresses their gratitude first and foremost to UCL and Christine Sas for organising such a top event, to UCL for their hospitality, Cinema Bioscoop and Centre of Translation Studies at UCL for their inspiring workshop.

We could not showcase the wealth and opportunities of Dutch and Flemish Studies without the support of The Netherlands Embassy and Flanders House and of course, as always, the Dutch Language Union.

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ALCS Student Days Nottingham

The ALCS organizes the Student Days because we believe that bringing undergraduates together for an exciting and sociable programme around Dutch studies shows that opting for Dutch is fascinating and fun as well as a sound career move.

The 7th edition

Over 100 students and staff from six UK universities took part in the 7th edition of the ALCS Student Days in spring this year. The University of Nottingham hosted this two-day programme of culture workshops, lectures and career talks.  Whoever thinks that Dutch is a small subject would not think so when seeing the speed date session in which students, staff and artists took part.

This boisterous start set the tone for three workshops put together by Passionate/Bulkboek. The Flemish writer and performance artist Rebecca Lenaerts took charge of the large group of beginners to put together a contemporary interpretation of The legend of Godiva. Daniël Dee, the poet Laureate of Rotterdam, explored and wrote urban poetry with intermediate students and Bouke Billiet opted for a recasting of the Romeo and Juliet story in his advanced workshop: Shut Up Romeo. All three groups presented their work during the evening session.

Day Two

The second day opened with an address by Mr Geert De Proost, the representative of the Flemish government in the UK and a video message from Her Excellency Laetitia van Assum, the Dutch Ambassador. Next it was time for the academic element of the programme. Dr Liesbeth Minnaard (Leiden), Emmeline Besamusca (Utrecht/Vienna) and Dr John Loughman (Dublin) offered presentations on the poetry of Ramsey Nasr, the representation of history by Geert Mak and 17th century genre paintings from the Low Countries.

The intense 24-hour programme ended with two career talks: Andrew Maycroft from Eclipse Translation and Punit Thakor from the global information services company Experian. Both illustrated the wide range of career options available to of language students in general and students of Dutch in particular.

The ALCS Student Days were generously sponsored by the Nederlandse Taalunie. We also received support from the Dutch Embassy in London and the Representation of the Flemish Government in the UK.


Flemish author Bouke Billiet gives workshop at ALCS Student Days

Flemish author Bouke Billiet will give a workshop at the ALCS Student Days. The Student Days will be held 7 and 8 March 2013 at the University of Nottingham.

Bouke Billiet

Bouke Billiet studeerde geschiedenis aan de Universiteit Gent. In de naam van TienKamelen is zijn romandebuut. Het vertelt het verhaal van een zoektocht naar identiteit en volwassenheid. Met humor en genegenheid schetst Bouke Billiet de kleurrijke personages. Het zijn buitenstaanders, mensen die te maken krijgen met de vele vormen van uitsluiting in onze samenleving, van onze eigen grootouders tot de onbekenden die we illegalen noemen. In de naam van TienKamelen werd genomineerd voor de Bronzen Uil.

Bouke Billiet verbleef eind 2012 in Semarang, Indonesië.Zijn citybook over Semarang staat sinds kort online.

 ALCS Student Days

The ALCS Student Days take place on 7 and 8 March 2013 at the University of Nottingham. Other authors who will lead workshops in Nottingham are Rebecca Lenaerts and Daniel Dee.



Poet Laureate of Rotterdam Daniel Dee gives workshop at ALCS Student Days

The Poet Laureate of Rotterdam, Daniel Dee, will give a workshop at the ALCS Student Days. The Student Days will be held 7 and 8 March 2013 at the University of Nottingham.

Daniel Dee

Daniël Dee heeft al veel geschreven. Hij verwierf bekendheid met zijn debuutbundel 3D – schetsjes van onvermogen. Na nog drie poëziebundels zette Dee met de verschijning van de verhalenbundel Vrouwen en ik eerst in 2012 zijn eerste stappen als prozaïst. Naast zijn schrijven treedt Dee regelmatig op in Nederland en België, onder andere op festivals als de Wintertuin en Lowlands en geeft hij veelvuldig workshops. In de periode van 2013 tot en met 2014 is hij stadsdichter van Rotterdam.

You can find more info on Daniel Dee’s website.

ALCS Student Days

The ALCS Student Days take place on 7 and 8 March 2013 at the University of Nottingham. Other authors who will lead workshops in Nottingham are Rebecca Lenaerts and Bauke Billiet.

More information on Billiet will be published on the ALCS website soon. Info on Rebecca Lenaerts has already been published on this page. Watch this space!