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Europese talen en culturen

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 , Dutch as a foreign language English French Italian Russian Spanish  or  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.


Je leert een taal en cultuur door en door kennen. Daarnaast leer je relaties leggen tussen die taal, de cultuur en bredere Europese taalkundige, culturele, maatschappelijke en politieke fenomenen.

De brede studie Europese talen en culturen (ETC) speelt in op de groeiende behoefte aan mensen die uitblinken in talen én inzicht hebben in de grote vragen die binnen Europa spelen, zoals de plaats van Europa in de wereld.

Vanaf 1 september 2015 wordt ook een Engelstalig programma van ETC aangeboden dat inhoudelijk overeenkomt met het Nederlandstalige programma. Je bestudeert een moderne taal (Duits, Engels, Frans, Italiaans, Nederlands als vreemde taal, Russisch, Spaans of Zweeds), maar bekijkt deze taal ook vanuit het perspectief van andere talen en culturen in Europa. Je verdiept je in de Europese geschiedenis, literatuur, samenleving en politiek. Zo leer je zowel nationale als regionale culturen binnen Europa begrijpen in hun onderlinge samenhang, verschillen en overeenkomsten.

Het programma kent een flexibele opzet. Je specialiseert je in één van de profielen:

Met de keuze van je minor kun je je eigen accenten leggen. Tijdens een buitenlandverblijf in het derde jaar kun jij je onderdompelen in de taal en cultuur van je keuze. In je tweede en derde jaar volg je vakinhoudelijke colleges die in de door jou gekozen taal onderwezen worden. Je sluit je bachelor af met een scriptie.

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

    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.

  • Testimonial van 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

    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

    – Holly-Jane Shaddock
  • Testimonial van Amanda Aparaschivei

    What I like best about the study is the given opportunity to link the language of your choice to a wider European literary, linguistic or political development.

    My name is Amanda, I am 19 years old and I come from Romania. At the moment I am enjoying my student life as a second year student. Since I was younger I always dreamed of studying abroad, for me it did not matter where I would end up, as long as it meant living in another country. Coming to study in the Netherlands is one of the decisions I am every day grateful for, so far this country has provided everything that an international student needs, in order to integrate and feel more or less like home. There are not many moments in my everyday life where I can say I do not know what to do. Besides studying, I like to be an active person , therefore I am always practicing different sports or trying one of the many fun courses that ACLO, the university sport center, has to offer. Besides that, I usually go out with my friends or attend one of the various events happening in the city with my friends.

    Why European Languages and Culture?

    I fell in love with reading and literature at a very young age and this love has led me making the decision of choosing to study literature. Also, one of my favorite subjects in school was languages, therefore European Languages and Cultures was the perfect mix between two subjects that interested me the most. Between the three profiles: Politics and Society, Language and Society and Culture and Literature and the seven languages, I chose the profile Culture and Literature together with Russian and Spanish. What I like best about the study is the given opportunity to link the language of your choice to a wider European literary, linguistic or political development.

    – Amanda Aparaschivei
  • Testimonial van Irina Sarah Dragomir

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

    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

    – Irina Sarah Dragomir
Feiten & Cijfers
BA in Europese Talen en Culturen
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Type opleiding
Nederlands (50%), Engels (50%)
36 maanden (180 ECTS)


Zit je op het vwo en wil je graag weten hoe dat is, studeren? De opleiding Europese talen en culturen biedt een webklas aan! Een webklas is een door de RUG gemaakte cursus in Nestor (een elektronische leeromgeving) voor scholieren uit 5 en 6 vwo. Je kunt in zo'n cursus in tien studielasturen kennismaken met Europese talen en culturen door teksten te lezen, opdrachten te maken en met elkaar en de docent te discussiëren.

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