Erasmus Plus – Kampen (NL)
Under the Erasmus Plus scheme, Queen’s students from various Schools in the University can do part of their degree course in any of ten Dutch partner institutions. One of these – the Theological University, Kampen (TUK) – welcomes Theology students who are enrolled in Union College, since UTC and TUK are partners under the Erasmus scheme.
To find out more about Erasmus Plus visit the QUB Erasmus webpages: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/StudentsandGraduates/InternationalExchangeStudyandWorkAbroad/
TUK is the training institution of the Free Reformed Churches in the Netherlands. As such it is a gateway into continental Reformed Theology and into the rich Dutch Reformed tradition represented by influential theologians such as H. Bavinck, H. Dooyeweerd or A. Kuyper.
Union students studying for a QUB degree can spend one semester of their Theology studies in Kampen – typically in their second year as undergraduates. They will receive full credit for those studies as part of their QUB degree, which they will complete back in Belfast. This opportunity is open to all BD, BTh and BA students.
For Union students going to TUK, tuition is available in English; TUK also has very good English-language resources accessible through its well-stocked library. For a flavour of TUK, visit the College’s English webpages: http://en.tukampen.nl/
Of course, in the Netherlands Dutch is spoken! So while staff and students in TUK will be able to speak to you in English, a semester in Kampen is also a fabulous opportunity to acquire some Dutch. Indeed, the best way to profit from Dutch culture and life is to speak, read and write a little Dutch.
The Language Centre at Queen’s provides beginners’ courses in Dutch so that QUB students planning to study in the Netherlands have a head start. QUB students pay only £20 for a ten-week course – check out Dutch courses on the Language Centre website: http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/InformationServices/LanguageCentre/Courses/LanguageCourses/Dutch/
Kampen is a small but vibrant Dutch city of around 35,000 inhabitants on the river Ijssel, in the central Netherlands. In the fifteenth century it was a powerful commercial city in the Hanseatic League. Today Kampen remains an interesting and beautiful place to live or study, with its waterfront, historic centre with 700 listed buildings, sports and leisure facilities, shops and cafés galore.
For further information on what is involved, or to talk about your options, please contact Prof. Campbell.