One student signs up to study Frisian

Just one student has registered to take a degree in Frisian at Groningen University this year, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday.

If no-one else registers before the October 1 deadline, Grytsje Nicolaij from Leeuwarden will be the only student. Last year, eight people started a degree in the Netherlands’ second official language.
Professor Goffe Jensma told local radio new rules allowing universities to set their own fees for second degrees had hurt the popularity of Frisian.
Groningen is the only Dutch university to offer a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Frisian. Amsterdam’s VU stopped in 1992.

Thank you for donating to

We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.

Make a donation