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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 11500

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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- Entirely taughtin English by internationally-renowned faculty,the one-year Master's program offers engaging research seminarsexamining a wide range of theoretical, historical,social-political, and cultural approaches to the Americas.

Research-Focused and Flexible - Based on yourinterests, you can develop your own specific profile by tailoringyour research topics to your individual preferences. Your programwill culminate in a Master's Dissertation exploring a relevantAmerican Studies topic of your choice.

Practical and Cross-Cultural - You can enhanceyour academic experience by studying abroad or interning in North or SouthAmerica. Upon graduation, your subject-matter expertise combinedwith your research and proficient English skills will set you apartin your future career.

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

Comprehensive and Challenging- Entirely taughtin English by internationally-renowned faculty,the one-year Master's track offers engaging research seminarsexamining a wide range of theoretical, historical,social-political, and cultural approaches to the Americas.

Research-Focused and Flexible - Based on yourinterests, you can develop your own specific profile by tailoringyour research topics to your individual preferences. Your programwill culminate in a Master's Dissertation exploring a relevantAmerican Studies topic of your choice.

Practical and Cross-Cultural - You can enhanceyour academic experience by studying abroad or interning in North or SouthAmerica. Upon graduation, your subject-matter expertise combinedwith your research and proficient English skills will set you apartin your future career.

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.

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.

Job examples

  • Journalism

    Depending on your areas of specialization, a job in journalismis a possibility. Students interested in journalism may considerusing their proficiency in US political and cultural affairs towork as correspondents or reporters for international or US mediaoutlets.

  • Business

    Interested in marketing or international business? Then utilizeyour knowledge of US economic and commercial policies and practicesby assisting companies seeking to expand into the European and USmarkets.

  • Culture and Arts

    You might prefer to think about working in the cultural field,for example, a job in a museum or organizing a film festival. TheAmerican Studies program offers many possibilities forinternational contacts, which can be utilized for job options in a range of cultural industries. In addition, your cross-culturalexperiences and English skills will also prepare you to work in thetravel industry, especially organizing and leading guidedtrips.

  • Public Sector

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

  • Education

    Your highly proficient English skills will also prepare you towork at education institutions, in particular in the area of the internationalization of teaching and learning. A number ofgraduates also work in high schools and institutions of tertiaryeducation, where they teach primarily English or History. SeveralAmerican Studies graduates also wish to continue their studies bycompleting PhD degrees, either in The Netherlands, the UK or theUS.

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  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500

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American StudiesAll Research universities

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NL studenten: Geldt voor alle WO instellingen in Nederland.

International students: Refers to all Research universitieswithin the Nederlands

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Minimum of 20 ECTS of English language proficiency

Minimum language requirement of TOEFL iBT 97 (with a minimum of24 on writing skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on allitems). ERK level C1.

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Additional requirements

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Minimum of 20 ECTS of courses BA American Studies.

Minimum language requirement of TOEFL iBT 97 (with a minimum of24 on writing skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on allitems). ERK level C1.

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language test

Minimum language requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of25 on writing skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on allitems). ERK level C1.

previous education

To determine whether your academic qualifications meet the MAdegree programme requirements, we will assess the curriculum andlevel of your first degree, and the grades that you were awarded.This evaluation is carried out by the Admissions Office of theSchool of Arts and Humanities and the Department's Admissions Board(which has the final say about eligibility).

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    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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