The Bachelor in English Language and Culture concentrates on different aspects of the English language 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.

Study programme

In the first year of the BA degree 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 beginnings 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 pre-modern 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 BA, 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.

Job perspectives

As a graduate, you can find a career in government, cultural organizations, tourism, PR and communications, publishing or consultancy firms. The positions you could hold are varied, and with the communication skills you develop at the Bachelor English Language and Culture, you will have a strong and varied resume.

Job examples

  • Publisher
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Literator
  • Interpreter
  • Communications advisor
  • International positions

Admission Requirements

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. If you are wondering if your education meets our entry requirements, please contact us or take a look on our website.

Language requirements:

You are exempted from taking an English proficiency test if you are an English native speaker, or if you hold a Dutch VWO diploma. Otherwise, acceptable test scores are:

  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEFL 580/237/92.

If you have taken or want to take another language test, please contact us to see if it is admissable.

Application deadlines:

  • EU/EEA students: May 1, 2019
  • non-EU/EEA students: May 1, 2019

Tuition Fees:

  • EU/EEA students: €2083 for 2018/2019
  • non-EU/EEA students: €8900 for 2018/2019
Program taught in:
  • English

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