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English Language and Culture

Is English your favourite subject at school? How does the Netflix series Bridgerton combine the novels of Jane Austen with modern thoughts on women, race and equality? In an ever-growing diverse society, how will studying linguistics improve your communication and analytical skills?

The bachelor programme English Language and Culture at the University of Groningen is consistently rated the best in the country. The three pillars of this programme 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 programme 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’s, 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’s religion and many other issues which are debated today.

English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. By studying linguistics you will not only learn about the English language and its position as a lingua franca, but you will also see how the English language has changed throughout the years and how it continues to change. Knowledge of linguistics is essential for understanding the role of communication and how language can vary between people and situations.

There is a range of study options that complement an English Language and Culture degree, and many students spend time at a foreign university, for example in Ireland, the UK or New Zealand. After the BA degree, many students continue their studies at one of our MA degrees in the field of literature, linguistics or communication. You can also combine your MA in English with a teacher training course.

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Facts & Figures
Degree
BA in English Language and Culture
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
50290
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Arts
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Why study this programme in Groningen?

At the University of Groningen, we offer an integral approach to the English language, linguistics, literature and culture. In addition, we concentrate on developing academic skills.

Programme
Periods
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English for Academic Purposes (EAP): Persuasive Expression (5 EC)
English Linguistics: Sentence Structure (5 EC)
Making Meaning: Introduction to English Literatures 1 (5 EC)
English for Academic Purposes (EAP): Composition (5 EC)
English Linguistics: Sound Structure (5 EC)
Knowledge and Power (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)
Periods
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EAP: Popular Contexts (5 EC)
English Linguistics: Meaning and Use (5 EC)
Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature (5 EC)
EAP: Research reports (5 EC)
English Linguistics: Language Change (5 EC)
Reading Middle English (5 EC)
EAP: Debate and Discussion (5 EC)
Group A: English Linguistics: Phonology Laboratory. Or, in alternate years: English Linguistics: Morphology (5 EC, optional)
Group A: English Linguistics: Research Tools (5 EC, optional)
Group A: King Arthur, Romance and Empire. Or, in alternate years, Marvels, Monsters, and Mysteries (5 EC, optional) (5 EC, optional)
Group A: Modern Literature option (5 EC, optional)
Group A: Revolutionaries and Romantics in English Literature. Or, in alternate years: Sensation & Victorian Culture (5 EC, optional)
Group B: Broken Images: Anglo-American Modernism. Or, in alternate years: Sick Jokes: Postmodernity & English Literature (5 EC, optional)
Group B: English Employed (5 EC, optional)
Group B: English Linguistics: Lexicon. Or, in alternate years: English Linguistics: Syntax (5 EC, optional)
Group B: Medieval Literature option (5 EC, optional)
Group B: Saints and Sinners in Medieval England. Or, in alternate years, Controversy and Dispute in Medieval English Literature (5 EC, optional)
Group B: Shakespeare at Stratford (5 EC, optional)
Group B: World Literatures in English (5 EC, optional)
Periods
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Minor (30 EC, optional)
Group C: English Linguistics: Language Variation (5 EC, optional)
Group C: Language and Culture of Anglo-Saxon England (5 EC, optional)
Group C: The Century of the Self: English Literature & Identity (1900-) (5 EC, optional)
BA Dissertation (Linguistics, Medieval Literature or Modern Literature) (10 EC)
Group D: English Linguistics: Language in Interaction (5 EC, optional)
Group D: Modern Popular Literature (5 EC, optional)
Group D: Special Topic Medieval Literature and Culture (5 EC, optional)

Curriculum

In years 2 and 3, students can choose from a range of course units. In Year 2: Group A: In block 2A, students can choose two course units from Group A to a total of 10 ECTS credit points; Group B: In block 2B, students can choose course units from Group B totalling 15 ECTS credit points. In Year 3: Group C: In block 2A, students can choose at least one course unit from Group C; Group D: In block 2B, students can choose at least one course unit from Group D.

Programme options
Premodern Literature and Culture (track)
Modern Literature and Culture (track)
English Linguistics (track)
Minors (minor)

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.

More information about this option

University of Groningen Honours College (honours program)

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.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 16 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC
Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • VWO Natuur & Techniek

    Met het VWO examen Engels voldoe je aan de taaleis.

  • VWO Natuur & Gezondheid

    Met het VWO examen Engels voldoe je aan de taaleis.

  • VWO Economie & Maatschappij

    Met het VWO examen Engels voldoe je aan de taaleis.

  • VWO Cultuur & Maatschappij

    Met het VWO examen Engels voldoe je aan de taaleis.

  • HBO propedeuse

    Taaleis Engels: minimum TOEFL eis iBT 90 (met een minimum van 21 voor alle onderdelen), of IELTS 6.5 (met een minimum van 6 voor alle onderdelen). Cambridge C1 Advanced of C2 Proficiency met een minimum score van 180. Klik op de link voor meer informatie: https://www.rug.nl/let/studeren-bij-ons/bachelor/aanmelding-en-inschrijving/language-requirements-ba

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is optional. The advice is not binding.

Explanatory notes

The Faculty of Arts believes students can decide for themselves whether they match with their chosen programme based on the available bachelor programme information, by visiting the Open Days, and by participating in a Webclass and/ or Student for a Day. If you are unable to attend one of these activities, a final opportunity for matching is to contact one of the students of the programme in June.

If you have any further questions about matching, check out: www.rug.nl/matching

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202201 September 2022
01 May 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
01 May 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
01 May 202301 September 2023

Choice of degree programme check

The Faculty of Arts believes students can decide for themselves whether they match with their chosen programme based on the available bachelor programme information, by visiting the Open Days, and by participating in a Webclass and/ or Student for a Day. If you are unable to attend one of these activities, a final opportunity for matching is to contact one of the students of the programme in June.

If you have any further questions about matching, check out: www.rug.nl/matching

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
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.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202201 September 2022
01 May 202301 September 2023
EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
01 May 202301 September 2023
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202201 September 2022
01 May 202301 September 2023
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2021-2022€ 1084full-time
non-EU/EEA2021-2022€ 8916full-time
EU/EEA2022-2023€ 2209full-time
non-EU/EEA2022-2023€ 10189full-time

The Dutch government is halving tuition fees for first-year students in higher education.

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

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.

Job examples

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

Departmental research covers all areas of English literature and linguistics. Our strong points lie in modernism, premodern culture and language development. We publish a lot on topics including critical theory, visual culture, travel literature, women's writing, learning in the Middle Ages and language acquisition and loss.

Our staff members lead and take part in a number of international research projects, including the Language Attrition Project and the Hakluyt Editorial Project.

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						Testimonial of Jelle Brouwer

    Language, as well as literature

    – Jelle Brouwer
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    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.

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						Testimonial of Amanda Moss

    Meeting the most fascinating people

    – Amanda Moss
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    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.

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						Testimonial of Eline Spoolder

    I like the fact that it is a mix between linguistics, old literature, modern literature, and proficiency

    – Eline Spoolder
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    About Eline Spoolder

    My name is Eline Spoolder and I am a second-year English Language and Culture student. Before starting this programme, I studied to become an English teacher for one year. I like to read (for pleasure), watch a film or series, or play board games with my friends. If I am not in the University Library, you can find me in a pub with a glass of cider!

    Why English Language and Culture?

    I chose to study English because I wanted to get to know everything about the English language. I like the fact that it is a mix between linguistics, old literature, modern literature, and proficiency because that way I could get a taste of everything and decide what I want to specialise in. You do not only learn how to write phonetically or analyse poetry, but you also learn how to look at the broader scope of texts, get the history of the English language and literature, and learn how to think critically. These skills are very helpful, whichever career you want to pursue.

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    I fell in love with everything this programme had to offer.

    – Sézaïg Vije
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    My name is Sézaïg Vije and I am a second-year English Language and Culture student. I am also an active member of our study association NUTS, where I do not shy away from a few drinks. In my free time I like playing rugby, reading, and watching movies or series.

    Why English Language and Culture?

    I chose to study English because I really enjoyed the literature in secondary school. When I started with this programme, I fell in love with everything it had to offer: linguistics, modern literature, medieval literature, even academic writing. You get a broad view of English, especially in the beginning of this study, but later you also get to specialize in your favorite aspect. You will obtain extra skills as well, like critical thinking and a broader world view.

    Read about Sézaïg and why she chose to study English Language and Culture in Groningen!

    Questions? Send Sézaïg an e-mail!

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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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Study associations

NUTS

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 abroad to for example the UK or Ireland.Check out our website www.svnuts.com or follow us on instagram (@svnuts)!
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(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be offered study advice after the 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.

Study support

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.

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