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.

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typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track

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 post colonial 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.

Waarom aan de RUG?

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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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opbouwIn 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
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


track Premodern Literature and Culture

track Modern Literature and Culture

track English Linguistics

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 program or for entering the labour market. You can opt for a Career Minor, a Minor abroad, a University Minor or a Faculty Minor.


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 kosten


1 september 2019

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2019
wettelijk tarief : € 2083 (€1042 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 8450
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 8900

1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

toelaatbare profielen
VWO C&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO E&Mtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Gtoelaatbaar
VWO N&Ttoelaatbaar
hbo-pAdditional requirements English: 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). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).

estimated monthly costs

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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


265 studenten volgen deze opleiding
75% daarvan is vrouw
52 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
77% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


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

Jelle Brouwer
Language, as well as literature

I have had an interest in the English language for years, and the Groningen programme is rated as the best in the country. I enjoy how the courses all seem to intertwine (e.g. subjects from sociolinguistics used in proficiency classes, for instance). The teachers are not there anymore to hold your hand and guide you through the entire process, though they are always willing to help if you are struggling. You go through a number of books every 8 weeks or so, instead of studying from the same books for an entire year. Once you get used to this speed, you will not experience that much stress...

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

Hi! I’m Charlotte, 21 years-old, and I am currently doing my third year in the BA program of English Language and Culture. I was born and raised in Groningen, making me a true stadjer as well as a student. When I don’t study, I enjoy reading, cycling, and going to the gym. English language and culture has always intrigued me. Additionally, my interest for reading, literature, and history played an immense role in me choosing English Language and Culture as my study. The program has a great reputation and is very diverse, making the degree incredibly interesting...
Since it is a fairly small study, you get to know most of your classmates very quickly, which makes the atmosphere very positive, homely, and safe.

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Amanda Moss
Meeting the most fascinating people

Ever since I was in secondary school, I knew I wanted to work in a field involving reading and discussing literary works. This passion led me to enroll in the English Language and Culture programme here at the University of Groningen.

This degree programme entails so much more than simply reading a lot of big books. The courses delve into creative and professional writing, the origins of the English language and its linguistic patterns, the numerous literary periods, key works and authors, as well as honing one’s oral skills...
In that role, I have not only been able to practice public speaking, but I have had the opportunity to meet the most fascinating people from all over the world. Both seeing and hearing about their experiences has helped me realise that upon completion of the Bachelors program I will be furthering my studies by doing the Research Master in Literary and Cultural Studies here at this university.

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Student Ambassador Meike Haagsman
There are many benefits to studying English: you'll acquire many useful skills about language interpretation and usage, learn about history and culture, and your English will be excellent when you graduate!

About Meike HaagsmanHi! My name is Meike Haagsman and I am currently a second-year student of the English Language and Culture programme. Aside from the study’s regular programme, I follow some extra courses within other departments of the Faculty of Arts. I partake in a yearclub via student association Dizkartes and in my free time I like to write or watch classic movies.Why English Language and Culture?I was originally in a different programme; technical study. Although I was fascinated by this, I soon realized that it wasn’t an interest that defined me...
I have loved the language since my very first lesson, which is covered by the ‘linguistics’ part of the studies. The other main part, literature, suits me as well; stories are a passion of mine (whether I write them, read them, or watch them). In other words, this study is a perfect mix for me and others who have similar interests. In addition, there are many benefits to studying English: you’ll acquire many useful skills about language interpretation and usage, learn about history and culture, and your English will be excellent when you graduate!Read more about Meike Haagsman and why she chose to study English Language and Culture in Groningen!

Questions? Send Meike an e-mail!

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Amazing to combine my studies with literature

I decided to study English when I realized I could turn my love for literature into a full-time degree. After finishing a Master's degree, I hope to be able to work for a publishing house or as an editor for a magazine. It is an amazing feeling to combine my studies with literature of any kind – the great classics, poetry and medieval literature..

Because of this, the programme is easily manageable for me alongside my student association membership and a healthy social life. I am also able to write fiction for a weblog run by fellow students, which is great!´

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Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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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 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

English Language and Culture aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 139 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.2 uit 5.

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.

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Potentiële beroepen

communications advisor
interpreter / translator
work within the international field
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Student Ambassador Meike Haagsman

Student Ambassador

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