Study programme

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The full Bachelor's programme Celtic Languages and Culture takes three years. Each year consists of four blocks of ten weeks and ends with an exam week. In your first year, you will attend an average of 12-18 hours of education per week, taught entirely in English from day one. 


If you take Celtic Languages and Culture 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 study Celtic Languages and Culture in greater depth. You can also choose from various specialisations: 'Language Contact and Language Change in Celtic' or: 'Interpretation and Reinterpretation of Medieval Celtic Texts'. 

Teaching methods

During the programme, you will encounter various types of teaching. These include lectures, where a lecturer explains the material, seminars, where you engage with the material through discussions and short tasks with fellow students and the lecturer, and project groups, where you work on larger assignments with other students. In addition to attending lectures and participating in group work, you will also spend about 24 hours per week on self-study.

Teaching methods






Group study


Independent study


Choose your own direction

One-third of the courses in the programme are elective courses. You can fill this space with subjects according to your own interests. You can follow a second in-depth package in your own study programme, but you can also choose a package with related subjects from another study programme. For example: Administration and Organisation, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Digital Humanities, Game Studies, History, Islam and Arabic, Italian and many more.

Internship (abroad)

Doing an internship is fun and an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience. You can do an internship both in the Netherlands and abroad. In the past, Celtic students worked in publishing houses, newspapers, libraries, museums and education.

Group size

On average, around 10 students start the Celtic Languages and Culture programme each year. In the tutorials you will sit with approximately 20-25 fellow students. In the first year, the average group size at lectures is a higher, because you will follow a number of lectures with students from other study programmes.

Study guidance

You can count on good guidance and personal advice during your studies. We have various employees, such as mentors, tutors and study advisors, who will support you with study-related issues. But they also offer guidance and advice on issues that are not directly related to your study programme.

Binding recommendation regarding the continuation of studies (BSA)

At the end of the first academic year, every student receives binding recommendation regarding the continuation of studies (BSA). You must obtain at least 45 of the 60 credits of the Bachelor's programme in Celtic Languages and Culture in order to continue your studies.

Studenten op de fiets
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