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 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.
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. The course really offers interesting aspects for everyone, no matter whether you prefer literature or linguistics. 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.
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. I find Groningen to be one of the nicest cities of the Netherlands.
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 addition to my course load, I am also the chairperson of the Groningen University Theatre Society. 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.
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!
Hi! 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.
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. So I asked myself, what did I find more interesting than anything else (after all, I will likely spend the next 50 years of my doing this), and that was English. 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!
Are you at secondary school and want to know what studying at university is like? The English Language and Culture programme is offering a web class! This online course from the University of Groningen is specially designed for secondary school students. Get to know English Language and Culture by doing some reading and answering some essay questions or multiple choice questions. The course takes about 10 hours in total.
If you are interested in an English Language and Culture web class, register here.