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European Languages and Cultures

Would you like to really get to know a language and culture? And be able to link that language and culture to wider European linguistic, literary, historical, social and political phenomena?

The broad-based degree programme in European Languages and Cultures (ETC: Europese Talen en Culturen) is designed to meet the growing need for people with excellent language skills as well as an understanding of the major questions that are relevant in Europe today, such as where Europe stands in the world.

As of 1 September 2015, the degree programme in ETC will also be offered in English, with the same content as the Dutch-taught programme. You will not only study a modern language (German, English , French, Italian, Dutch as a foreign language, Russian, Spanish of Swedish), you will also look at that language from the perspective of other languages and cultures in Europe. By studying European history, literature, society and politics you will learn to understand the mutual relationships, differences and similarities among national and regional cultures in Europe.

The programme has a flexible structure. You will specialise in one of the profiles:
* Europe: Language and Society
* Europe: Culture and Literature
* Europe: Politics and Society

In addition, you can specialise further by choosing a Minor and possibly following a short placement. During your third year you will spend some time abroad and be immersed in your chosen language and culture. The second and third years will comprise subject-related course units taught in your chosen language. Your Bachelor's degree is rounded off with a thesis.


Facts & Figures
Degree
BA in European Languages and Cultures
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
56124
Language of instruction
Dutch, English
Start
September
Faculty
Arts
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?
  • In-depth study of modern European issues as well as acquiring thorough knowledge of a language and culture
  • Wide range of languages: English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish
  • Intensive language proficiency course units, usually in small groups
  • Three specialisation profiles: Language and Society, Culture and Literature, Politics and Society
  • Wide range of Minors to choose from.
  • Language proficiency training to near-native speaker level.
Programme

In the first semester you will have language proficiency course units in your chosen language. The first semester comprises also a number of introductory course units to introduce you to the three profiles that the European Languages and Cultures programme offers. In the second semester you will choose one or two of these profiles to specialise in throughout the rest of the degree programme.

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Language and Society Lecture + Seminar (5 EC)
Studying Europe (5 EC)
Language proficiency 1a + 1b chosen language (10 EC)
Culture and Literature Lecture + Seminar (5 EC)
Politics and Society Lecture + Seminar (5 EC)
Theme course 1 within chosen profile (5 EC)
Elective (10 EC)
Language proficiency 2a + 2b chosen language (10 EC)
Theme course 2 within chosen profile (5 EC)

In the second year you will continue to specialise in one or two of the three profiles (Language and Society, Culture and Literature, and/or Politics and Society) and further develop your academic skills. Within your profile you can specialise in your chosen language and language area by focusing your written assignments and papers on them. In addition, you will follow more proficiency training and course units in your chosen language.

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Theme course 3 within chosen profile (5 EC)
Elective (10 EC)
Language proficiency 3a + 3b chosen language (10 EC)
Theme course 4 within chosen profile (5 EC)
Language specific module 1 Politics and Society (5 EC)
Theme course 5 within chosen profile (5 EC)
Elective (10 EC)
Language specific module 1 Culture and Literature (5 EC)
Language specific module 1 Language and Society (5 EC)

In the first semester of the third year you have your minor. You can choose between the research minor, the work field minor with a placement, the pre-master/minor, the educative minor and the study-abroad minor. During the study-abroad minor you can raise your proficiency to near-native speaker level and follow in-depth course units.Your Bachelor's degree is rounded off with a thesis which must be written in your target language (with the exception of Russian).

Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Minor (30 EC)
Theme course 6 within chosen profile (5 EC)
Bachelor thesis (10 EC)
Language specific module 2 (10 EC)
Theme course 7 within chosen profile (5 EC)

Curriculum

N.B. There might be some minors changes in the programme. We are constantly busy making the degree programme better and more attractive.

Programme options
German (specialization)

A-levels/vwo eindexamen/Abitur or equivalent with German as subject is obligatory to be admitted to German as major language.

More information about this option

Italian (specialization)
Dutch as a foreign language (specialization)
English (specialization)

A-levels/vwo eindexamen/Abitur or equivalent with English as subject is obligatory to be admitted to English as major language.

More information about this option

French (specialization)

A-levels/vwo eindexamen/Abitur or equivalent with French as subject is obligatory to be admitted to French as major language.

More information about this option

Spanish (specialization)
Russian (specialization)
Swedish (specialization)
Europe: Politics and Society (profile)

This profile focuses on political history, the emergence of modern nation states and European integration and disintegration processes before and after 1945.

How do citizens relate to their region, their country and Europe?

More information about this option

Europe: Culture and Literature (profile)

This profile will teach you to analyse how different cultures and identities relate to Europe as a whole and how they influence each other. This involves literature as well as film, theatre and music.

More information about this option

Europe: Language and Society (profile)

In this profile you will study topics such as the emergence and development of European languages within and outside Europe..

Attention will be paid, for example, to language use, language change and multilingualism.

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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 minor abroad, a career minor with a placement option, an assignment for an employer or entrepreneurship, a faculty minor, an educational minor or a university minor.

More information about this option

University of Groningen Honours College (honours program)

Honours College gives talented, motivated students the opportunity to challenge themselves even more by offering a programme that is followed in addition to the regular degree programme.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • Maximum of 30 EC

The best way to really learn a language and culture is by actually visiting the country or language area. That is why the third year comprises a one-semester stay in a country where your target language is spoken – so that you can immerse yourself in the local language, culture, customs and student life.

The Faculty of Arts has excellent contacts with a number of renowned universities within and outside Europe. A stay abroad is very useful, but also a lot of fun. And it looks good on your CV!

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij
  • Economie & Maatschappij
  • Natuur & Gezondheid
  • Natuur & Techniek
  • HBO propedeuse

    Additional requirements English: 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). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Als je van plan bent om Engels, Frans of Duits als majortaal te kiezen is een vwo-eindexamen in de betreffende taal verplicht. Voor Italiaans, Russisch en Zweeds heb je geen voorkennis nodig. Wie voor Spaans kiest, kan op twee verschillende niveau's instromen: op beginnersniveau (geen voorkennis vereist) of met een VWO-eindexamen.

Choice of degree programme check

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

Explanatory notes

If you intend to start with a bachelor degree programme at the University of Groningen in September, make sure to apply before May 1 in Studielink. The degree programme will give you the option to participate in a matching activity to see if you and the degree programme are a match. Which matchings activity they provide depends on the faculty and programme.

Any questions about matching? Check www.rug.nl/matching

Choice of degree programme check

If you intend to start with a bachelor degree programme at the University of Groningen in September, make sure to apply before May 1 in Studielink. The degree programme will give you the option to participate in a matching activity to see if you and the degree programme are a match. Which matchings activity they provide depends on the faculty and programme.

Any questions about matching? Check www.rug.nl/matching

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

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). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components).

previous education

A Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or an equivalent will grant you admission to European Languages and Cultures. If you plan to choose English, French or German as major language, you need to have A-levels/vwo-eindexamen/Abitur or an equivalent in these languages. For Italians, Russian and Swedish, no previous knowledge is necessary. For Spanish, we offer two different levels: one for advanced learners and one for beginners. Students with a Dutch 'hbo propedeuse' diploma also need to meet the language requirements mentioned above.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 8900full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

https://www.rug.nl/education/tuition-fees-halved

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

There is a growing need for people with excellent languages skills as well as an understanding of European issues. These people are needed to help break down barriers, resolve conflicts, negotiate, transfer knowledge, issue advice, and present clear arguments and opinions. If you want to continue to a Master's degree programme after you graduate, as most students do, you will have a wide range of programmes to choose from: Linguistics, Literature, Journalism. Euroculture, International Relations

Depending on the choices you make during your studies (such as your language, profile, Minor and Master's degree), you may find a career in teaching, journalism, publishing, business, tourism, within a social or cultural organisation, a government body, a political party or an international organisation such as the European Union or UNESCO.

Job examples

  • Policy officer at a municipality, ministry or non-governmental organisation
  • Communications consultant
  • Lecturer at a university, university of applied sciences, senior secondary vocational education
  • Journalist (newspaper, radio/TV, new media)
  • Teacher in secondary education
  • Manager in the national or international business world
  • Staff member at an international organisation such as the European Union
  • Staff member at an embassy
  • Researcher at a university
  • Political advisor
  • Publisher or editor at a publishing house
  • Translator
Research

Teaching and research are closely intertwined at the University of Groningen. All professors and most of the lecturers who teach your course units are also conducting research in their own subject fields. This means that your classes will be partly based on the Faculty's current research.

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If you want to know more about the programme European Languages and Cultures, please contact:

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						Testimonial of Aleksandra Giersz

    There's plenty to get involved in!

    – Aleksandra Giersz
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    I chose European Languages and Cultures for its rich variety of courses and the possibility to make the programme your own. After covering the basic aspects of each track (linguistics, literature, politics and history) you can specialize in your own areas of interest. Besides having a passion for languages, I am a big literature enthusiast. ELC effortlessly provides me with the opportunity to acquire two languages to a near-native level and study all aspects of their literature.

    The self-study approach allows me to learn outside of lectures in a non-library environment. Conferences, language cafés, cultural evenings… there’s plenty to get involved in! The number of contact hours also allows me to get involved in my extracurriculars. As an active member of a dance class and a theatre society, I can categorically state that there is no better way to meet people outside of your programme and to apply your understanding of literature than to create something yourself!

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						Testimonial of Marie-anne Wits

    It's like looking at a foggy mirror

    – Marie-anne Wits
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    Studying Sweden and Swedish is like looking at a foggy mirror: everything you see is just that bit different from what you are used to, but the differences are so subtle that you also become aware of who you are. Swedish is quite quick to learn, so after a few months on the programme you can even read Swedish novels and essays. Alongside Swedish, I am studying Literature and am on the editorial board of the study association. This gives others a platform for their stories.

    What you notice while writing, reading and thinking in another language is how words determine how you think about yourself, the world and what is possible. If you see me pass by, ask about the link between hamburgers and politics: I can explain it! If you study Swedish you will learn how it is possible for studying to be free there, that it was logical for Vikings to sail to Greenland and why girls place burning candles in their hair on Sankta Lucia.

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						Testimonial of Valentine

    I chose the English-taught track so I could keep improving my English, while also learning a new language

    – Valentine
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    Hi! My name is Valentine, I'm 19 and I come from Amersfoort. I'm currently in the second year of my Bachelor's programme in European Languages and Cultures, and I'm following the English-taught track.

    I chose the Language and Society profile, with Spanish as my Major language. Alongside my degree programme, I’m a member of a student volleyball club and I enjoy having fun with my friends.

    Why European Languages and Cultures?

    I chose this degree programme because I really wanted to study a language, without being limited to just that one language. The European Languages and Cultures programme gave me the opportunity to study one or more languages, while also learning about linguistics, which really interests me. I chose the English-taught track so I could keep improving my English, while also learning a new language.

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						Testimonial of Holly-Jane  Shaddock

    The programme is very broad, and the options available mean that you are able to shape your own study according to what interests you the most

    – Holly-Jane Shaddock
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    The University of Groningen (UG) is the ideal university for international students, as everyone is so welcoming and open. Everyone speaks English, so there is no need to speak Dutch, although there are plenty of opportunities to learn the language if you wish

    I am so happy that I chose to study European Languages and Cultures, as the programme is very broad, and the options available mean that you are able to shape your own study according to what interests you the most. My language skills have improved greatly, and the chance to study abroad for a semester was fantastic! The staff here always encourages you to try new things and help you to achieve your goals. I feel very lucky to have had such supportive professors during my time studying here, and my confidence has grown hugely throughout my time in Groningen.

    Read more about Holly Jane and ask her your question about studying in Groningen

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						Testimonial of Irina Sarah Dragomir

    I've chosen my programme for the interdisciplinary knowledge and research potential in European literature, linguistics and politics

    – Irina Sarah Dragomir
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    After having spent three years in another Dutch city and one year abroad, I decided to follow a second bachelor. At that time, I was still living away from Groningen and my main decision to study at this university involved a careful examination of the programme I was going to follow and a comparative analysis with other universities that provided a similar package of courses..

    The languages that all international students bring with them makes Groningen ‘feel’ like a truly internationalized, open-minded, tolerant and young city. The university has so many different student associations which organize events, parties, guest lectures, proms and competitions, that it is difficult to fit everything that there is in your free time! There is always a diverse choice of activities and I truly believe that any kind of student from any cultural background can and will feel part of the university community and part of Groningen.

    Read more about Irina Dragomir and ask her your question about studying in Groningen

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						Testimonial of Studentambassadeur Danique Torrenga

    Wat mij erg aanstaat is dat je hier niet slechts één taal leert, maar je het hele programma zelf samen kan stellen met de vele vakken die het programma aanbiedt.

    – Studentambassadeur Danique Torrenga
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    Over Danique Torrenga

    Hallo! Mijn naam is Danique Torrenga en ik ben 19 jaar. Ik zit in het tweede jaar van Europese talen en culturen. Binnen dit programma studeer ik Frans als major-taal, Spaans als tweede taal en heb ik als profiel Cultuur en Literatuur gekozen. Naast het studeren hou ik mij graag bezig met muziek: ik speel piano en gitaar. Daarnaast judo ik elke week en doe ik graag iets leuks met vriendinnen. Dit jaar ben ik studentambassadeur voor mijn opleiding. Dit houdt in dat ik aankomende studenten help met hun studiekeuze op bijvoorbeeld open dagen.

    Waarom Europese talen en culturen?

    Ik heb deze studie gekozen omdat ik altijd al enorm geïnteresseerd was in de Franse taal. Al snel wist ik dat ik docente Frans wilde worden en heb ik gekeken naar welke studie hier het beste bij aansloot. Wat mij erg aanstaat is dat je hier niet slechts één taal leert, maar je het hele programma zelf samen kan stellen met de vele vakken die het programma aanbiedt.

    Lees meer over Danique Torrenga en waarom zij gekozen heeft Europese Talen en Culturen in Groningen te studeren!

    Vragen? Stuur Danique een e-mail!

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						Testimonial of Student Ambassador Emilia Waterhouse

    I chose to study European languages because Europe is incredibly influential and I believe in the future of Europe.

    – Student Ambassador Emilia Waterhouse
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    About Emilia

    My name is Emilia Waterhouse, I am 20 and I study European languages and cultures. I am half German and half English and grew up bilingual. I love languages and travelling, history, fitness and photography. After finishing my A-levels in the UK I took a gap year and travelled in Thailand as a volunteer working with elephants abused during the industrialization and cleaning beaches. I also travelled in Europe and in Canada where I worked in a hostel in Quebec to learn French. I then came to Groningen and studied a year of law before beginning my first year in European languages and cultures.

    Why European languages and cultures?

    I study European languages and cultures with a major in Spanish. I chose Spanish because I think it’s beautiful, also because it will be very useful as there is an extremely large Spanish-speaking population and because I already speak French and German. I chose to study European languages because Europe is incredibly influential and I believe in the future of Europe. I chose cultures because I am interested in history and differing lifestyles.

    Read more about Emilia Waterhouse and why she chose to study European Languages and Cultures in Groningen!

    Questions? Send Emilia 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 European Languages and Cultures programme is offering a web class! This online course from the University of Groningen is specially designed for secondary school students.

Are you interested? Please register here.

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Study associations

Esperia

Esperia is the study association for students of European Languages and Cultures. We were founded in 2013, to create more bonding between the students of the, at the time, new study ELC. We organise both academic and social activities, such as monthly drinks, a career event, an annual trip abroad and business visits.
Every year, we also organise an introduction camp and several other introduction activities at the beginning of the academic year. Are you curious about the introduction camp and do you want to get an impression? Check www.svesperia.nl/introduction for the information booklet and flyer! Have you already decided that you are going to study ELC and are you interested in becoming a member? Sign up via www.svesperia.nl/membership and get a discount on the camp, your study books and other activities of Esperia! Follow us on Facebook (SvEsperia) and Instagram (saesperia) for updates and more information about upcoming activities, or check www.svesperia.nl. Any questions? Don't hesitate to contact us via: bestuur@svesperia.nl
http://www.svesperia.nl/
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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 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 programme, 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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