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English Language and Culture


The Groningen BA in English Language and Culture and our MA tracks are 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 academic study of English was first introduced as a discipline in Groningen at the end of the nineteenth century. In 1876 the University of Groningen was the first university in the Netherlands to offer a university degree in Modern Languages. The first professor of English language and literature in Groningen was also the first in the Netherlands in 1885. Today, our BA and MA courses are consistently rated as the best in the Netherlands.

As the oldest English department in the Netherlands we have a long tradition of commitment to excellent teaching and high-quality research. Our staff have received their doctorates and teaching experience at leading Dutch universities as well as international institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, UCL, University of Virginia, Toronto, McGill, Trinity College Dublin, and Edinburgh. At the same time, students' theses are supervised by researchers whose work is being published and read throughout the English-speaking world.

Research covers all areas of English literature and linguistics. Our particular strengths lie in medieval and early modern culture, Romanticism, Modernism, language development, and we publish widely on such topics as critical theory, visual culture, travel literature, Western literature on the Pacific, women's writing, medieval learning, manuscript studies, or language acquisition and loss. Our staff members run or participate in a number of international research projects, including the Hakluyt Editorial Project.

Visiting address

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
Groningen, The Netherlands

Building 1315
Room 261 (secretariat)

Mailing address

Department of English
University of Groningen
PO Box 716
9700 AS Groningen
The Netherlands

tel +31 (0)50 3635850

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