American Studies

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
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Interdisciplinary in Approach. Dynamic in Teaching. Relevant in Practice. American Studies at The University of Groningen.

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

Flexible and Cross-Cultural – You can tailor-fit the curriculum to fit your academic and personal interests by specializing in a relevant course or maybe experiencing the U.S. first-hand by studying abroad for a semester at one of our exchange partner universities!

Practical and Valuable - Your subject-matter expertise in U.S. economic, political, and cultural affairs combined with your critical-thinking, independent research, and highly proficient English skills will set you apart in your future career.

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diplomaBA American Studies
typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
heeft een honours programma

Waarom aan de Rijksuniversiteit?

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  • The only complete Bachelor program in American Studies in The Netherlands
  • A truly interdisciplinary approach to the Americas
  • A supportive, challenging, and international learning environment
  • Consistently ranks highly in national quality assurance assessments
  • Entirely taught in English by experienced international faculty
  • Possibility to study abroad in the U.S.
  • Career preparation with a wide range of transferable skills
  • Groningen is an energetic, safe and affordable student city

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To view a listing of the Bachelor program course descriptions, please visit
N.B. Second and third year courses might change during academic year 2016-2017. Please check our website regularly for updates.

1e jaar The first year will introduce you to multiple aspects of recent and contemporary American society, including its cultural and political history, race and gender relations, points of intersection with various Latin American nations, and market economy.
Theories of Culture I: Race, Class and Gender
10 EC
The Americas I: The American Century and Beyond
10 EC
Rhetoric and Composition I
10 EC
North & South Americans
10 EC
The Americas II: New Frontiers
10 EC
Special Topics I
10 EC
2e jaar During the second year, you will continue your interdisciplinary coursework in early American history and culture as well as begin to explore the media landscape of the Americas through the study of Media Theory and Popular Culture. You will demonstrate your increased theoretical and practical knowledge by combining what you have learned from the first year with your own thoughts and research.
The Americas III: From Exploration to Early Republic
10 EC
Rhetoric and Composition II
10 EC
Global USA: Business, Work, and Wealth keuzevak
10 EC
Media Specialization keuzevak
10 EC
Theories of Culture II: Media and Popular Culture
10 EC
Special Topics II
10 EC
3e jaar The third year of the Bachelor program will consist of advanced-level courses and a research seminar. More importantly, in the first semester of the third year, selected students will have an opportunity to pursue a cross-cultural experience by studying abroad for a semester at one of our exchange partner universities in the U.S. This is your chance to fully explore the country and culture which you have been studying – a life-changing experience for students, both academically and personally!
30 EC
BA Research Seminar
10 EC
Theories of Culture III: Consumer Nation
10 EC
BA Thesis
10 EC


minor Minor

The fifth semester of your studies is dedicated to your Minor: a coherent set of future-oriented course units. It prepares you for a follow-on Master's degree program or for entering the labour market. You can opt for a Career Minor, a Minor abroad, an At work in the Netherlands Minor, a University Minor or a pre-Master's Minor. Use the link above to find out more about the content of these Minors.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet60% zelfstudie
30% theorie
10% praktijk
case study, literature study, internship, research project, tutorial, lecture, group assignment, group discussion, self evaluation, individual assignment, self study, project
study guidance
If you have any questions about your studies, you may contact the American Studies academic advisor who can assist you with academic planning, university services, and other relevant matters. Students can schedule an appointment via the Office of Student Affairs or stop by during the advisor's weekly consultation hours to discuss a variety of academic issues.
study abroad
Study abroad: a minimum of 30 ECTS.

Studying abroad in the United States during the first semester of your third and final year is an asset to the American Studies experience at The University of Groningen. Selected students can enroll in a variety of courses of your choosing at one of our first-rated exchange partner institutions in the U.S.
This is your opportunity to experience first-hand everything you have studied in the classroom, a truly enriching opportunity for students, both academically and personally!

For more information regarding exchange locations, please visit the Department of American Studies website at

exchange programs
  • Uitwisselingsprogramma - USA
    Ball State University, Central Michigan University, College of Charleston, Eastern Michigan University
bindend studieadvies
  • minimaal 45 EC in de eerste 12 maanden

You will be offered study advice after first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.
You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.
N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

honours-/excellence program University of Groningen Honours College

The Honours College will give talented, motivated students the chance to be challenged even more by following Honours programmes and taking part in numerous other activities.

The Honours College comprises a broadening part and a deepening part and has a study load of 45 ECTS credit points besides the 180 ECTS credit points from your regular Bachelor programme.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 2060
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 8300
1 september 2019
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend

toelaatbare profielen
VWO C&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO E&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Gtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Ttoelaatbaar
hbo-pAdditional requirements: English B2 level

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


158 studenten volgen deze opleiding
53% daarvan is vrouw
26 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
65% daarvan is vrouw
28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


E Pluribus Unum
EPU, or E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many One) is the study association for American Studies students.
Its goal is to unite the American Studies students of all years. To do so, EPU also organizes lectures, trips and other activities. Some examples are the American Studies introduction camp, a real thanksgiving dinner and a monthly social drink. EPU also publishes a paper called the American Studies Herald.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Freya Thiel
The program deals with Latin America, Canada and the U.S. in an international context.

"The American Studies program at the University of Groningen especially appealed to me after having lived in the United States for a year. My favourite course in the first semester introduced me to theories that I can also apply to other cultures, not only the U.S. What I like in particular is that the program does not only cover the United States, but also deals with Latin America, Canada and the U.S. in an international context.

There is a substantial amount of independent work, but in the American Studies department you are not only a number...
Working independently and managing the workload myself also gives me the opportunity to do sports and other things at different times of the day. Groningen is a great city for Dutch and international students because you can follow your study program and develop your athletic and/or cultural interests simultaneously."

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Sebastiaan Vonk
You have the possibility to choose courses that fit your interests

'I had a hard time finding a bachelor program, until I read about the American Studies program in Groningen. As I am quite fascinated by the United States, the program looked appealing to me, especially because it is the only three-year American Studies bachelor program in the Netherlands and, moreover, is fully taught in English.

Personally, I think that it is great that although you have to take mandatory courses, you also have the possibility to choose courses that fit your personal interests...
You will only have six classes a week as a first-year student, but that means that you will have to read a lot of material each week on your own. The American Studies department is relatively small, so you will get to know many of your fellow students in your year pretty soon. Joining the student association is also a great way to get to know older students too. They may be able to give you tips as well!'

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Verena Rendel
The program is a unique combination of American history, politics, theory and culture

'The first time I heard of an American Studies program was a sheer coincidence, however, when I learned more about the program, I knew that this study was the perfect match. The American Studies program, here at the RUG, not only forces me to speak as much English as possible, but it is also a unique combination of history, politics, theory and culture.

Moreover, the program offers an exchange program with America and gives me the opportunity to get to know the American culture. I am also participating in a minor in Journalism, and I was chosen to participate in the Honours College of the RUG...
Being part of EPU and the Honours College is a great experience for me, it is the perfect opportunity to get to know new and interesting people, and helps you to broaden your horizon. I am very proud that I have the opportunity to go to UNC-Chapel Hill; it is one of the rare chances in life that can make a difference!
After finishing my bachelor, I would like to follow the international Journalism Master here at the RUG. I have fallen in love with Groningen and its great mixture of big city life and small-town cosy atmosphere!'

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Constantijn van den Hoorn
I have a passion for everything to do with America

My name is Constantijn van den Hoorn, and I’m a second-year Bachelor’s student of American Studies. After completing senior general secondary education, I decided I wanted to get my propaedeutic certificate as quickly as possible at a university of applied sciences, in order to then transfer to a university to study my dream programme: American Studies. My biggest hobby is writing, so I write for The American Studies Herald, published by the E Pluribus Unum study association. I have a passion for everything to do with America, from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Hillary Rodham Clinton...
For years I’ve been fascinated by American history, the country’s politics circus and its wider culture. The best TV series and films come from America, and it's always fascinating to see the influence the United States has on the rest of the world. I grasp every opportunity I get to travel to America, and my love for the country even resulted in my living in Hollywood for a couple of months at one point. American Studies gives you the opportunity to study the entire American continent and to examine events critically, as well as teaching you to construct sound arguments.Read more about Constantijn and why he chose to study American Studies in Groningen.Questions? Send Constantijn an email.

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Robert Lagestee
I fell in love with the U.S. and its (political) culture

Carien Vugteveen
My internship broadened my horizon and increased my employability

'The American Studies program (and a minor in film and television) allowed me to explore my interest in American popular culture. During my MA, I decided to look for an internship to put into practice what I had learnt during my studies and to broaden my horizon.

I interned for five months at the marketing, promotions and publicity department of Universal Pictures International Netherlands...
Seuss' The Lorax and American Pie: Reunion. I would definitely recommend every American Studies MA student to do an internship because it hugely increases one's employability. At the end of my own internship at Universal Pictures, I was offered a job as marketing assistant. In this capacity I maintain social network sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Hyves, arrange promotional contests in magazines and websites, do translations, look for promotional partners, and help organize premieres. My workdays are never exactly the same as we work on many different projects and many different films at the same time.

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Daniel John O'Neill
You do not pay for your degree; you are expected to earn it.

The choice to study in Groningen was not easy, but it was a decision that has changed my life and moulded me into an ambitious, active, and adaptable student. I wanted to experience something very different to what many of my peers would experience. I have developed into a more independent student and grown very mature at a young age through my time in Groningen.

Academic and personal supports for international students at the University of Groningen have only developed and improved since I first arrived in 2012...
By paying considerably less tuition fees than the average university student in the United Kingdom, you will sometimes feel the pressures to give more of yourself in your studies, and you will soon realise why the University of Groningen remains one of the top universities in the world: do not let the relatively low grade admission requirements fool you. The dropout or failure rate in my course, for instance, is high. You do not pay for your degree; you are expected to earn it. In the long-term, however, this is hugely beneficial, and something that employers will greatly appreciate.
Read more about Daniel and his student life in Groningen.

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Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2015
algemeen oordeel44.0


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

American Studies aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 87 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4 uit 5.
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
student tevredenheid 3.8 3.8
aantal eerstejaars 42 42
ervaren contacttijd per week 12-18 12-18
doorstroom naar tweede jaar 73% 73%
diploma binnen 4 jaar 58% 58%
werk op niveau in 1,5 jaar 42%

Studie in cijfers

In deze tabel staan resultaten van deze studie in cijfers uitgedrukt. Hiermee kan je vergelijken hoe deze opleiding het doet in vergelijking met dezelfde opleiding bij andere onderwijsinstellingen.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The program's interdisciplinary curriculum and specializations gives you ample opportunity to find out what topics interest you most and what areas of employment you wish to explore. Pursuing an internship while in the program is a great way to gain experience in the field prior to seeking full-time employment. As an American Studies graduate, you will gain competency in a broad range of transferable skills which will diversify your career prospects.

Your expertise in the US economic, political, cultural, commercial and social domains, coupled with your highly proficient English communication skills and cultural adaptability through your study abroad experience, will set you apart from other job candidates.

Students seeking job opportunities or internships are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Arts Mobility Office for assistance. The Mobility Office informs about placement possibilities and regulations, guides students in finding placements, organises information meetings, mediates in placement vacancies, and takes care of all formal organisational aspects. To learn more, visit their website at Mobility Office.

current job market

vergeleken met andere studies

zoektijd baanzeer slecht
salaris na 1,5 jaar zeer slecht
kans op een vaste baan gemiddeld
bron: Elsevier beste banen 2015

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RijksuniversiteitGeschiedenis Vandaag+ 30 EC pre-master
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Potentiële beroepen

  • business
    Interested in marketing or international business? Then consider utilizing your knowledge of U.S. economic, cultural and commercial policies and practices by assisting U.S. and European companies seeking to expand into the Dutch, European, and U.S. markets.
  • culture and arts
  • education
    Working at institutions of secondary and higher education is another great option as a number of our graduates have taught English or History. Several American Studies graduates also wish to continue their studies by completing their Master's degree and pursuing a PhD degree, either in The Netherlands, the UK or the US.
  • journalism
  • public sector
bron: StudieData


Monica Silveira Brito

Study advisor American Studies


Study advisors

Admission Office
T: +31-(0)50 363 8976

Departmental website and faculty roster

Constantijn van den Hoorn

Student Ambassador

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