Have you always wanted to know more about the language and culture of our western neighbours and the rest of the world? Then the study programme in English Language and Culture might be a good match for you!

A global language

Nearly a billion people use English in their everyday communication. Approximately 400 million are native English speakers, which really makes English a global language. And if you hope to participate in society at all, it is a language that you want to be able to speak and read.

But I already know English

Many students think they already know English. Not you. You know that there is still a lot to learn. And studying English also means investigating how the language actually works, and how people learn it and use the different varieties. You explore literature and culture in the English-speaking world in depth. Not a day will go by without you learning a new English word. One of the ways you learn the language is by reading great authors  ̶  not just by studying grammar. You study the influences of social and political developments. This fusion of language, literature and culture does not make learning English easier, but it does make it considerably more interesting. 

English is a broad programme that offers something for everyone. It’s not all endless grammar lessons or more books than you can possibly read; it’s just about studying the language and country you’re mad about.

Fleur is a student
Fleur Kronenberg is a student

British or American English?

Our students are trained to sound like native speakers of English, using language labs and lots of speaking in class. You can choose either British English (to sound like the Queen, but also like Emma Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch) or American English (to sound like Jennifer Lawrence or Chris Evans, among many others).

You have to study English Language and Culture in Utrecht, because

  • we do research from day one. What really makes our programme stand out is the way all courses integrate both skills and content. 

  • in Utrecht, we look at English from a modern-day perspective. Specifically, that means that you stay current on new literary and linguistic developments. You study not only Shakespeare but also airport signs.

  • you can study abroad! Our students stayed in cities as New York, Leeds, Edinburgh, Dublin and Cork.

  • you then can become a member of Study Association Albion. They organize activities such as get-togethers, city trips, for example to Dublin, and discounts on your study books.

  • studying at Utrecht University means studying at one of the world's best universities. The Shanghai Ranking ranks Utrecht University as 1st in the Netherlands, 17th in Europe and 56nd in the world!

This is what our students say

Our own students know better than anyone why the study programme English Language and Culture is a good choice. Below you can read why they chose this programme and what makes it so unique.

Key facts

BA (Bachelor of Arts)
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3 years
Tuition fees: 
Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2023-2024, full-time): € 2,314

Institutional fee 2023-2024: € 10.365 (EU/EEA), € 11,523 (non-EU/EEA)

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