The full Bachelor's programme takes three years. Each year comprises four 10-week periods. Each period concludes with a week of examinations. In your first year, you will receive an average of 12 contact hours per week.
Below the course overview, you will find an explanation of the study programme.
If you take Literary Studies at Utrecht, you will study subjects in coherent units. This ensures a sound structure. Because you will study the units of a subject together with the same fellow students, you will get to know each other well.
In the second year, you will study literature in greater depth. You can choose from various specialisations. Every specialisation consists of four courses. In the subject overview, you can find course descriptions.
- World Literature
This specialisation teaches you everything about the state of the art regarding this international and interdisciplinary field. You'll read literature from and from beyond Western Europe, master a new and international body of texts and learn how the study of literature has developed into a true comparative science. You'll also hear about the intermediary role of the international publishing trade.
- Literature in Conflict
This specialisation consists of a reflection on the tensions, conflicts and controversies in the relationship between literature and society. You will familiarise yourself with the main current debates in this area and learn how to interpret the historical and theoretical connections between literature, law and politics through individual case studies.
One third of the programme is filled with optional courses that may interest you. For example, you can choose to do a second track within your programme or you can do a selection of courses from a different programme. You can also spend some time studying abroad. As a result, you can shape your own study path within the curriculum.
An internship allows to you gain practical experience: you get a taste of how you can apply the knowledge and skills you developed during your studies, in practice. An internship is also a great opportunity to see what kind of work you like and what type of organisations suit you. On top of that, it is a great way to start your professional network. The internship coordinator of the Literary Studies programme can help you to find an interesting internship.
In the first year of your Literary Studies Bachelor's programme, tuition will be in the form of lectures and tutorials:
- Lectures are a way of getting an overview of a large amount of information in a short of amount of time; you and your fellow students will be listening to an expert in the field.
- Tutorials give you a chance to actively engage with historical issues yourself. You may have to give a presentation or discuss a topic amongst yourselves or work on an assignment. There are plenty of opportunities for interaction and for asking questions.
You will have an average of 12 to 18 contact hours per week. In addition to attending lectures, you will work independently (so without supervision) in the form of group work or independent study. The ratio between the forms of tuition in the first year is:
In 2018, 47 students started the Literary Studies Bachelor's programme (Dutch and English). In the tutorials you will work alongside approximately 20–25 fellow students.
Academic Year Calendar
Check out the Academic Year Calendar (PDF) here for the start and end dates of the terms and non-teaching weeks.
Binding Recommendation Regarding the Continuation of Studies
As with all other Dutch universities, we at Utrecht University use a binding recommendation regarding the continuation of studies (BSA). This means that you must attain a minimum number of credits to be allowed to continue your programme. For Literary Studies, this minimum is 45 credits (of the total of 60 credits that can be awarded). If you do not achieve this, you will have to end your programme. The Study Advisor or tutor will help you find a programme that is more suitable for you.
The grading system in the Netherlands might differ significantly from the grading system you are used to. See here for more information.
During each year of the study programme you have an individual tutor. The tutor is an academic staff member, who helps you with questions regarding the study programme and advises you on the various options within the course. Your tutor also advises you on how to make the most of your studies and how to best develop your CV.