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English Language and Culture

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 Cultureyou 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.

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.

Meer over deze opleiding
  • Testimonial van Vera Knapen

    It is an amazing feeling to combine my studies with literature of any kind

    – Vera Knapen
  • Testimonial van 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. 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.

    Sluiten
    – Charlotte Korten
  • Testimonial van Robin van Gammeren

    Go do something that you're passionate about. So as long as you make sure you're doing something you really love, the rest will come!

    My name is Robin van Gammeren, a third-year student of English Language and Culture. I am also a student ambassador for this programme, which means I try to help prospective students like you understand what it is like to be studying English.

    Not only do I know a lot about the programme itself: since I was part of the board of the study association of English last year (NUTS) I know all about the social life of English students as well! Because that too is part of your experience if you choose to start studying English in Groningen.

    Why English?

    Great question! When I was still in high school, I struggled with the same question as many high school students do now: what do I want to study? A lot of factors come into play when you’re trying to find the answer to this question, but I decided that it was most important that I would choose something that I really liked. And that’s how I ended up with English: I love literature, I love the language and the diversity of it. And if you feel that way too, then English is a great fit. Just being immersed in the language and learning about all its characteristics is so great about this study, and I haven’t regretted my choice for one second. Studying English, you will acquire a lot of useful skills. Not only will your level of English be top notch before you know it, you’ll also start to understand the world a bit better. After all, English is a global language!

    Sluiten
    – Robin van Gammeren
Feiten & Cijfers
Titel/Graad
BA in English Language and Culture
Croho code
50290
Type opleiding
Bachelor
Voertaal
Engels (100%)
Duur
36 maanden (180 ECTS)
Start
SeptemberSeptember
Vorm
voltijd
Faculteit
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Web Class

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.

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