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BA English Language and Culture

University of Groningen
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree

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BA English Language and Culture

The bachelor Program English Language and Culture at the University of Groningen is consistently rated the best in the country. The three pillars of this Program are language, literature and culture. In an ever-growing international environment there is a need for employees and researchers with a high level of English in writing, reading and speaking. In addition, the Program develops your presentation and debating skills for both an academic and professional context.

Studying English literature not only means you get to read a lot of books, but it also allows you to explore topics related to present-day issues such as gender, identity, crime and punishment and social cohesion. These topics are not only present in modern literature, but they also dominate the popular plays of William Shakespeare, and are also found in a number of medieval works such as The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. The medieval world, like today&, was full of controversy. People debated about the position of women in society, ways of combatting disease, the virtues and vices of different classes, which way best to pursue one& religion and many other issues which are debated today.

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Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Nature Technology - You meet the language requirement with the VWO English exam.

Nature health - You meet the language requirement with the VWO English exam.

Economics and society -You meet the language requirement with the VWO English exam.

Culture -You meet the language requirement with the VWO English exam.

HBO propaedeutic year -Language requirement English: minimum TOEFL requirement iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 for all components), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 for all components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

International diploma

previous education -Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Students with Dutch 'hbo-propedeuse' diploma also need to meet the language requirements mentioned below.

other admission requirements -English language requirement: 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). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

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Program content

Year 1

  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP): Persuasive Expression
  • English Linguistics: Sentence Structure
  • Making Meaning: Introduction to English Literatures 1
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP): Composition
  • English Linguistics: Sound Structure
  • Knowledge and Power
  • English Literatures: The Beginnings until 1550
  • English Literatures from 1550: Periods and Contexts
  • EAP: Argumentation
  • English Linguistics: Sociolinguistics
  • Chaucer: Works and Background
  • Literary Theory for English Studies

Year 2

  • EAP: Popular Contexts
  • English Linguistics: Meaning and Use
  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature
  • EAP: Research reports
  • English Linguistics: Language Change
  • Reading Middle English
  • EAP: Debate and Discussion
  • Group A: English Linguistics: Phonology Laboratory. Or, in alternate years: English Linguistics: Morphology
  • Group A: English Linguistics: Research Tools
  • Group A: King Arthur, Romance and Empire. Or, in alternate years, Marvels, Monsters, and Mysteries
  • Group A: Modern Literature option
  • Group A: Revolutionaries and Romantics in English Literature. Or, in alternate years: Sensation Victorian Culture
  • Group B: Broken Images: Anglo-American Modernism. Or, in alternate years: Sick Jokes: Postmodernity English Literature
  • Group B: English Employed
  • Group B: English Linguistics: Lexicon. Or, in alternate years: English Linguistics: Syntax
  • Group B: Medieval Literature option
  • Group B: Saints and Sinners in Medieval England. Or, in alternate years, Controversy and Dispute in Medieval English Literature
  • Group B: Shakespeare at Stratford
  • Group B: World Literatures in English

Year 3

  • Minor
  • Group C: English Linguistics: Language Variation
  • Group C: The Century of the Self: English Literature Identity (1900-)
  • BA Dissertation (Linguistics, Medieval Literature or Modern Literature)
  • Group D: English Linguistics: Language in Interaction
  • Group D: Modern Popular Literature
  • Group D: Special Topic Medieval Literature and Culture


  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,209 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 10,189 per year


Credits-(180 ECTS)

Career paths

Once you have graduated, you can pursue a career in the education sector, translation and publishing, the government sector, cultural organizations, tourism, PR and communication or in consultancy. The job positions open to you are diverse, but your communication skills will always be highly important.

  • Publisher
  • Editor
  • Teaching
  • Literator
  • Interpreter / translator
  • Communications Advisor
  • Work within the international field

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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 and it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research-intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master...

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Why study at University of Groningen

We're a Top 100 University

Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.

Our groundbreaking research

As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.

400 years of reputation

The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

Vibrant Student Life

While its history can be traced back to 300 BC, today Groningen is a vibrant student city with the youngest population in the Netherlands – one in four people here is a student! That means there’s always something to do, with various art and music festivals, theatres, cinemas and performance venues catering to all tastes, whether you prefer to watch or want to join in. In Groningen, you’ll see students everywhere: studying in the pretty Noorderplantsoen park, working various part-time jobs and partying the night away.

Global Community

The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.

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Broerstraat 5
9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

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