Research in the Department covers all areas of English literature and linguistics. Our particular strengths lie in modernism, pre-modern culture, and language development. We publish widely on topics such as critical theory, visual culture, travel literature, women's writing, medieval learning, and language acquisition and loss. Our staff members run or participate in a number of international research projects, including the Language Attrition project and the Hakluyt Editorial Project.
Literature is my passion
Whilst also really liking the city of Groningen, I primarily chose to study English at RUG due to the program's great reputation.
Following the first year, the program enables you to choose what field you want to specialize in. For me, this was literature. My decision has been confirmed by my subsequent experiences and particularly my study trip to Stratford. However, I also like going beyond the cultural-historical interpretation of literature as literature does offer so much more. For me, the Master’s degree program in Literary and Cultural Studies does exactly that as the course provides me with a lot of liberty to choose exactly what I would like to do and hence pursue my interest. The experience at university really is determined by how you want it to be. I am currently doing the Honours College program. If I had the choice again, I would choose a second degree, perhaps Philosophy or Arts, Culture, and Media.
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.
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.
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!