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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

All study options

About English Language and Culture at University of Groningen

The BA in English Language and Culture at the University of Groningen is consistently rated as the best in the country. We teach exclusively in English, and all of our students profit from our strong research culture.

The programme concentrates on different aspects of the Englishlanguage and and on literature written in English: languageproficiency, linguistics, and the literature from the Middle Agesdown to the present day, from the birthplace of the language inEngland to the United States and all parts of the Commonwealth. Wecover theory, the entire range of genres and modes of writing,besides placing a strong emphasis on the cultural context ofliterary texts.

In the first year of the BAin English Language and Culture you will read a broad range ofliterary texts and you will learn about English as a language. You will analyse many important works, study literary theory, andengage with writings in English from the beginning to thepresent.
In the second year you will be able to choose courses on medievalliterary studies, modern literature, and linguistics. For instance,you can study the writings of premodern women, the myth of KingArthur, the modernist novel, Shakespeare and his time, orcontemporary American and postcolonial literature.
You can fully dedicate yourself to your main interest by writing adissertation on your preferred topic in your third year. Thereis a range of minors that complement an English Language andCulture degree, and many students spend time at a foreignuniversity, for example in the UK or New Zealand.
After the BA degree, many students pursue one of the two MAprogrammes we offer: English Literature and Culture or Writing,Editing, and Mediating. You can also combine your MA in Englishwith a teacher training course.

The BA in English Language and Culture at the University of Groningen is consistently rated as the best in the country. We teach exclusively in English, and all of our students profit from our strong research culture.

The programme concentrates on different aspects of theEnglish language and and on literature written in English: languageproficiency, linguistics, and the literature from the Middle Agesdown to the present day, from the birthplace of the language inEngland to the United States and all parts of the Commonwealth. Wecover theory, the entire range of genres and modes of writing,besides placing a strong emphasis on the cultural context ofliterary texts.

In the first year of the BAin English Language and Culture you will read a broad range ofliterary texts and you will learn about English as a language. You will analyse many important works, study literary theory, andengage with writings in English from the beginning to thepresent.
In the second year you will be able to choose courses on medievalliterary studies, modern literature, and linguistics. For instance,you can study the writings of premodern women, the myth of KingArthur, the modernist novel, Shakespeare and his time, orcontemporary American and postcolonial literature.
You can fully dedicate yourself to your main interest by writing adissertation on your preferred topic in your third year.
There is a range of minors that complement an English Language andCulture degree, and many students spend time at a foreignuniversity, for example in the UK or New Zealand.
After the BA degree, many students pursue one of the two MAprogrammes we offer: English Literature and Culture or Writing,Editing, and Mediating. You can also combine your MA in Englishwith a teacher training course.

After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate, you can find a career in government, culturalorganisations, tourism, PR and communications, publishing orconsultancy firms. The positions you could hold are varied, but your communication skills will always be very important.

As a graduate, you can find a career in government, culturalorganisations, tourism, PR and communications, publishing orconsultancy firms. The positions you could hold are varied, but your communication skills will always be very important.

Job examples

  • Publisher
  • Editor
  • Teaching
  • Literator
  • Interpreter / translator
  • Communications Advisor
  • Work within the international field
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Study options for this course

  • 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://www.rug.nl/bachelors/english-language-and-culture/admission-and-application#int

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 Dutch 'hbo-propedeuse' diploma also need to meet the languagerequirements 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

Are you a Dutch student planning to start a Bachelor's degree programme at the University of Groningen in September 2017? If so,you need to register with Studielink by the 1 May 2017 at the latest. The Faculty will then invite you to take part in a matchingactivity to find out whether the degree programme is the right onefor you.

The precise nature of the matching activity differs according todegree programme. After the activity you will be advised as towhether the degree programme is a good match for you. Registrationby 1 May at the latest and participation in the matching activityare both mand atory. If you have any questions about matching, go towww.rug.nl/matching.

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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