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The award
BA

How long you will study
36 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 8300

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About American studies at University of Groningen

Interdisciplinary in Approach. Dynamic in Teaching. Relevant in Practice. American Studies at The University of Groningen.

Comprehensive and Challenging - Entirelytaught in English by internationally-renowned faculty, you will study American society fromthe perspectives of its hemispheric context, popular culture,history, literature, politics, economics, religion and race.

Flexible and Cross-Cultural - You cantailor-fit the curriculum to fit your academic and personalinterests by specializing in a relevant course or maybeexperiencing the U.S. first-hand by studying abroad for a semesterat one of our exchange partner universities!

Practical and Valuable - Your subject-matterexpertise in U.S. economic, political, and cultural affairscombined with your critical-thinking, independent research, andhighly proficient English skills will set you apart in your futurecareer.

Interdisciplinary in Approach. Dynamic in Teaching. Relevant in Practice. American Studies at The University of Groningen.

Comprehensive and Challenging - Entirelytaught in English by internationally-renowned faculty, you will study American society fromthe perspectives of its hemispheric context, popular culture,history, literature, politics, economics, religion and race.

Flexible and Cross-Cultural - You cantailor-fit the curriculum to fit your academic and personalinterests by specializing in a relevant course or maybeexperiencing the U.S. first-hand by studying abroad for a semesterat one of our exchange partner universities!

Practical and Valuable - Your subject-matterexpertise in U.S. economic, political, and cultural affairscombined with your critical-thinking, independent research, andhighly proficient English skills will set you apart in your futurecareer.

After your studies

Job prospects

The program's interdisciplinary curriculum and specializationsgives you ample opportunity to find out what topics interest youmost and what areas of employment you wish to explore. Pursuing aninternship while in the program is a great way to gain experiencein the field prior to seeking full-time employment. As an AmericanStudies graduate, you will gain competency in a broad range oftransferable skills which will diversify your career prospects.

Your expertise in the US economic, political, cultural,commercial and social domains, coupled with your highly proficientEnglish communication skills and cultural adaptability through yourstudy abroad experience, will set you apart from other jobcandidates.
= Students seeking job opportunities or internships are encouragedto contact the Faculty of Arts Mobility Office for assistance. TheMobility Office informs about placement possibilities andregulations, guides students in finding placements, organisesinformation meetings, mediates in placement vacancies, and takescare of all formal organisational aspects. To learn more, visittheir website at MobilityOffice

The program's interdisciplinary curriculum and specializationsgives you ample opportunity to find out what topics interest youmost and what areas of employment you wish to explore. Pursuing aninternship while in the program is a great way to gain experiencein the field prior to seeking full-time employment. As an AmericanStudies graduate, you will gain competency in a broad range oftransferable skills which will diversify your career prospects.

Your expertise in the US economic, political, cultural,commercial and social domains, coupled with your highly proficientEnglish communication skills and cultural adaptability through yourstudy abroad experience, will set you apart from other jobcandidates.
=Students seeking job opportunities or internships are encouraged tocontact the Faculty of Arts Mobility Office for assistance. TheMobility Office informs about placement possibilities andregulations, guides students in finding placements, organisesinformation meetings, mediates in placement vacancies, and takescare of all formal organisational aspects. To learn more, visittheir website at MobilityOffice.
=

Job examples

  • Journalism

    Students interested in journalism may consider using theirproficiency in US political and cultural affairs to work ascorrespondents or reporters for international or US mediaoutlets.

  • Business

    Interested in marketing or international business? Then considerutilizing your knowledge of U.S. economic, cultural and commercialpolicies and practices by assisting U.S. and European companiesseeking to expand into the Dutch, European, and U.S. markets.

  • Culture and Arts

    If you would rather work in the cultural domain, considerworking in a museum or arts organization or utilizing yourcross-cultural experiences and English skills to work in the travelindustry by organizing and leading guided trips.

  • Public Sector

    Your subject-matter expertise in U.S. socio-political affairsand proficient English skills are relevant transferrable skills forwork in the public sector. Consider working for an NGO orgovernmental entity, in positions ranging from Media andCommunication Coordinators to Information Officers.

  • Education

    Working at institutions of secondary and higher education isanother great option as a number of our graduates have taughtEnglish or History. Several American Studies graduates also wish tocontinue their studies by completing their Master's degree andpursuing a PhD degree, either in The Netherlands, the UK or theUS.

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study36 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 8300

Notes about fees for this course

http://http://www.rug.nl/bachelors/american-studies/admission-and-application

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • CM
  • EM
  • NG
  • NT
  • HBO-p

    Additional requirements: English B2 level

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on allitems), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). LanguageCentre English Test (LCET) B2 on all items (preferably C1).

previous education

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an InternationalBaccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diplomathat is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Studentswith a Dutch 'hbo propedeuse' diploma also need to meet thelanguage requirements mentioned below.

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.

Explanatory notes

When choosing a degree programme, you will naturally want toknow whether you've made the right choice. By participating in yourdegree programme's compulsory matching activity, you can find outwhether the programme suits you. Take a look here at what matchinginvolves for your degree programme: www.rug.nl/matching N.B.Matching is only compulsory for Dutch students.

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