English Language and Culture (BA)

the Netherlands

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The award

How long you will study
36 Months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2209 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
EUR 10189 per year

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About English Language and Culture at University of Groningen

Is English your favourite subject at school? How does the Netflix series Bridgerton combine the novels of Jane Austen with modern thoughts on women, race and equality? In an ever-growing diverse society, how will studying linguistics improve your communication and analytical skills?

The bachelor programme English Language and Culture at the University of Groningen is consistently rated the best in the country. The three pillars of this programme are language, literature and culture. In an ever-growing international environment there is a need for employees and researchers with a high level of English in writing, reading and speaking. In addition, the programme develops your presentation and debating skills for both an academic and professional context.

Studying English literature not only means you get to read a lot of books, but it also allows you to explore topics related to present-day issues such as gender, identity, crime and punishment and social cohesion. These topics are not only present in modern literature, but they also dominate the popular plays of William Shakespeare, and are also found in a number of medieval works such as The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. The medieval world, like today's, was full of controversy. People debated about the position of women in society, ways of combatting disease, the virtues and vices of different classes, which way best to pursue one's religion and many other issues which are debated today.

English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. By studying linguistics you will not only learn about the English language and its position as a lingua franca, but you will also see how the English language has changed throughout the years and how it continues to change. Knowledge of linguistics is essential for understanding the role of communication and how language can vary between people and situations.

There is a range of study options that complement an English Language and Culture degree, and many students spend time at a foreign university, for example in Ireland, the UK or New Zealand. After the BA degree, many students continue their studies at one of our MA degrees in the field of literature, linguistics or communication. You can also combine your MA in English with a teacher training course.

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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 2209 per yearInternational course feesEUR 10189 per year

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Students with a Dutch 'hbo propedeuse' diploma also need to meet the language requirements mentioned above.

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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