English Language and Culture

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
We tonen daarom de Engelstalige opleidingsinformatie.
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 English language and and on literature written in English: language proficiency, linguistics, and the literature from the Middle Ages down to the present day, from the birthplace of the language in England to the United States and all parts of the Commonwealth. We cover theory, the entire range of genres and modes of writing, besides placing a strong emphasis on the cultural context of literary texts.

In the first year of the BA in English Language and Culture you will read a broad range of literary texts and you will learn about English as a language. You will analyse many important works, study literary theory, and engage with writings in English from the beginning to the present.

In the second year you will be able to choose courses on medieval literary studies, modern literature, and linguistics. For instance, you can study the writings of premodern women, the myth of King Arthur, the modernist novel, Shakespeare and his time, or contemporary American and postcolonial literature.

You can fully dedicate yourself to your main interest by writing a dissertation on your preferred topic in your third year.

There is a range of minors that complement an English Language and Culture degree, and many students spend time at a foreign university, for example in the UK or New Zealand.

After the BA degree, many students pursue one of the two MA programmes we offer: English Literature and Culture or Writing, Editing, and Mediating. You can also combine your MA in English with a teacher training course.

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diplomaBA English Language and Culture
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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At the University of Groningen we offer an integrated approach to the English language, literature and culture. In addition, we concentrate on training academic skills.

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In years 2 and 3 students choose modules from a number of options. In year 2: Group A: In block 2a 10 ECTS choice of 2 out of courses Group A; Group B: In block 2b 15 ECTS choice from courses Group B. In year 3: Group C: In block 2a choice of at least one module out of Group C; Group D: In block 2b choice of at least one module out of Group D
For course descriptions see https://www.rug.nl/let/courses-english-language-and-culture

1e jaar
English for Academic Purposes (EAP): Persuasive Expression
5 EC
English Linguistics: Sentence Structure
5 EC
Making Meaning: Introduction to English Literatures 1
5 EC
Literature & Society: Introduction to English Literatures 2
5 EC
English for Academic Purposes (EAP): Composition
5 EC
English Linguistics: Sound Structure
5 EC
English Literatures: The Beginnings until 1550
5 EC
English Literatures from 1550: Periods and Contexts
5 EC
EAP: Argumentation
5 EC
English Linguistics: Sociolinguistics
5 EC
Chaucer: Works and Background
5 EC
Literary Theory for English Studies
5 EC
2e jaar
EAP: Popular Contexts
5 EC
Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature
5 EC
English Linguistics: Meaning and Use
5 EC
EAP: Debate and Discussion
5 EC
English Linguistics: Language Change
5 EC
Reading Middle English
5 EC
Group A: Revolutionaries and Romantics in English Literature. Or, in alternate years: Sensation & Victorian Culture keuzevak
5 EC
EAP: Research reports
5 EC
Group A: Modern Literature option keuzevak
5 EC
Group A: English Linguistics: Phonology Laboratory. Or, in alternate years: English Linguistics: Morphology keuzevak
5 EC
Group A: King Arthur, Romance and Empire keuzevak
5 EC
Group A: English Linguistics: Research Tools keuzevak
5 EC
Group B: Medieval Literature option keuzevak
5 EC
Group B: Broken Images: Anglo-American Modernism. Or, in alternate years: Sick Jokes: Postmodernity & English Literature keuzevak
5 EC
Group B: Shakespeare at Stratford keuzevak
5 EC
Group B: Saints and Sinners in Medieval England keuzevak
5 EC
Group B: English Linguistics: Lexicon. Or, in alternate years: English Linguistics: Syntax keuzevak
5 EC
Group B: World Literatures in English keuzevak
5 EC
Group B: English Employed keuzevak
5 EC
3e jaar
Minor keuzevak
30 EC
Group C: The Century of the Self: English Literature & Identity (1900-) keuzevak
5 EC
Group C: English Linguistics: Language Variation keuzevak
5 EC
Group C: Language and Culture of Anglo-Saxon England keuzevak
5 EC
BA Dissertation (Linguistics, Medieval Literature or Modern Literature)
10 EC
Group D: Special Topic Medieval Literature and Culture keuzevak
5 EC
Group D: English Linguistics: Language in Interaction keuzevak
5 EC
Group D: Modern Popular Literature keuzevak
5 EC


minor Minors

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 programme 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, a Teacher-training Minor or a pre-Master's Minor. Use the link above to find out more about the content of these Minors.

  1. Premodern Literature and Culture
  2. Modern Literature and Culture
  3. English Linguistics


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet60% zelfstudie
30% theorie
10% praktijk
literature study, oral presentation, internship, excursion, tutorial, lecture, group discussion, self evaluation, individual assignment, self study, integration module, project
study guidance
If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the program, Minors, study abroad and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.
exchange programs
  • Uitwisselingsprogramma - Europa
    Universiteit van Leipzig, Duitsland, Universiteit van Helsinki, Finland, Universiteit van Jean-Francois Champollion, Frankrijk, Universiteit van Brest, Frankrijk, Universiteit Autonoma Barcelona, Spanje, Universiteit van Ankara, Turkije
  • Uitwisselingsprogramma - Groot Brittanie
    Universiteit van Glasgow, Universiteit van Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University, Universiteit van Salford
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 EC credit points besides the 180 ECTS credit points from your regular Bachelor programme.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2017
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2017
wettelijk tarief : € 2006
instellingstarief : € 2006
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 8200
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend

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

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 matching activity to find out whether the degree programme is the right one for you.

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
167collegegeldop basis van € 2006 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


? studenten volgen deze opleiding
?% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2012
?% daarvan is vrouw
28510 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: HBO-raad/VSNU


NUTS has been the study association of the English department in Groningen for over 40 years, and we are still going strong. We make studying English a lot of fun by organising all sorts of activities throughout the year.
Our diverse events include: drinks, high-teas, pub crawls, pub quizzes, book clubs, game nights and career events. As a NUTS-member, you benefit from a discount on your study books at Studystore (via our website) and free entrance to most of our events. Besides this, NUTS annually organizes a trip to the UK or Ireland.

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

Charlotte Korten
The Bachelor's programme in English is highly regarded and very varied

Hi! I’m Charlotte, I’m 21 years old and I’m now in the third year of my Bachelor’s degree programme in English Language and Culture. I’ve been born and raised in Groningen, so I’m a real stadjer as well as a student. Alongside my studies, I like to read, cycle and go to the gym.
Why English Language and Culture?
I’ve always been interested in the English language and culture. My love for reading, literature and history played a big role in my choice of programme. Apart from that, the Bachelor’s programme in English is highly regarded and very varied...
As there aren’t that many students, you get to know most people in your year. This creates a personal, positive and safe atmosphere.
Read more about Charlotte and why she chose to study English Language and Culture in Groningen.
Questions? Send Charlotte an email. 

lees verder ...
Student Eline Tabak
Literature is my passion

I decided to study English here because the degree programme has a very good reputation – I opted for quality. And I also really like the city of Groningen. After a thorough, compulsory grounding in the first year, the degree programme allows you to focus on what you like within the field of English. Literature is my passion. Everything I have learnt here so far has only confirmed and increased my love for it, and my study trip to Stratford also contributed. I would like to go beyond just analysing literature from a cultural-historical perspective...
This Master's degree programme offers a lot of freedom so you can focus on what interests you most. You are of course yourself responsible for making the most of your time at university. I am now following the Honours College, but given the choice again I think I would have opted for a second degree programme. Philosophy perhaps, or Arts, Culture and Media.

lees verder ...
Vera Knapen
It is an amazing feeling to combine my studies with literature of any kind

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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 2013 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

English Language and Culture aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 76 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met uit 5.
bron: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
student tevredenheid 4.2 4.2
aantal eerstejaars 101 101
ervaren contacttijd per week 12-18 12-18
doorstroom naar tweede jaar 70% 70%
diploma binnen 4 jaar 73% 73%
werk op niveau in 1,5 jaar 26%

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

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

aansluitende masteropleidingen

RijksuniversiteitAmerican Studies+ aanv. eisen
RijksuniversiteitClassical, Medieval and Early Modern Studies researchgeen aanvullende eisen
RijksuniversiteitCommunicatie en educatie+ 60 EC pre-master
RijksuniversiteitCommunicatiekunde+ 60 EC pre-master
RijksuniversiteitComputercommunicatie+ 60 EC pre-master
RijksuniversiteitEuropese Studiesgeen aanvullende eisen
RijksuniversiteitOpleiding tot leraar voortgezet onderwijs van de eerste graad in Engelse Taal en Cultuur full-time,part-time educationalgeen aanvullende eisen
RijksuniversiteitWriting, Editing and Mediatinggeen aanvullende eisen
bron: doorstroommatrix.nl

Potentiële beroepen

  • communications advisor
  • editor
  • interpreter / translator
  • literator
  • publisher
  • teaching
  • work within the international field
bron: StudieData


Admission Admission Office
E: admission@rug.nl
T: +31-(0)50 363 8976
Charlotte Korten

Student Ambassador

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