In the Netherlands, learning foreign languages has a long tradition. The Netherlands is one of the major European exporting and transit countries, and a hub in international trade. In the past few years, this international role has been greatly enhanced by the impact of globalisation. The world outside of Europe has come closer: China has been opening up its markets, Japanese products have found their way into our living room and our garage, and the Arab world is now our next-door neighbour. We are part of their markets, and they are part of ours. For a western organization, in building and maintaining good relations with Asia or the Arabic-speaking world, good communication is key. This requires a perfect command of the foreign language, but also profound insight into the cultural, social and economic context. In the Oriental Languages and Communication (OTC) programme, students are trained to become professionals that can liaise between East and West and help to overcome communication problems.
Learning a language, especially a language like Arabic, Chinese or Japanese, is demanding. If you want to be successful and obtain the level of expertise that is required, you will have to spend a minimum of 40 hours each week. A strong motivation, a lot of self-discipline, a certain eagerness to learn, and a persevering mentality are all absolutely necessary to succeed. As an ideal OTC student, you have strong language abilities but you also have an open, social personality. You should be able to work well within a team and be flexible enough to operate in unfamiliar surroundings. If you are interested in following developments at home and abroad, if you would like to learn more about other countries and other cultures, and if you see the world as your home, OTC is the place to be.