The BA in English Language and Culture (Engelse taal en cultuur) 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.
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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, contemporary American and post-colonial literature, or Language in use or Phonology. 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: such as English Literature and Culture; Writing, Editing, and Mediating or Applied Linguistics. 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, I’m 21 years old and I’m now in the third year of my Bachelor’s degree programme in English Language and Culture. I’ve been born and raised in Groningen, so I’m a real stadjer as well as a student. Alongside my studies, I like to read, cycle and go to the gym.
I’ve always been interested in the English language and culture. My love for reading, literature and history played a big role in my choice of programme. Apart from that, the Bachelor’s programme in English is highly regarded and very varied. It has something for everyone, whether you prefer literature or linguistics. As there aren’t that many students, you get to know most people in your year. This creates a personal, positive and safe atmosphere.
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.
I like the fact that it is a mix between linguistics, old literature, modern literature, and proficiency
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!
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.
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.