Do you like to read? In your own language(s) and in translation? And are you interested in all genres? Then the Literature programme might be a good match for you. This is a study for critical all-rounders!

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Without borders

What you find in any bookshop is written by authors from all over the world. And you probably read a bit of everything: European or Japanese literature, recent work or novels from the past and sometimes a poem. During this study you will cross borders, because literature exists in many languages and cultures.

Of all ages

What exactly makes a text literature? What role does literature play in society, past and present? During the Literature programme, you will study and compare literature from antiquity to modern times, also in relation to other arts and media. From epic to novel and from novella to fan fiction. By comparing texts from different periods and languages, you will learn to uncover principles that transcend language. The programme also provides you with the tools to conduct thorough research so that you can take well-founded standpoints. Literature studies is an ongoing debate.

I’ve noticed that in my current job, I particularly benefit from the critical eye on texts this programme gave me.

Christine Lemaire is teamleider communicatie & pr
Christine Lemair is Communications and PR team leader

Choose your own direction

In Utrecht, you can combine Literary Studies with many other subjects. You decide where your focus lies, such as translation, translation, history, education, media, literature or economics. And do you want to get more out of your studies and develop your talents? Then you can choose to follow honours courses or to do a double bachelor.

You have to study Literary Studies in Utrecht, because

  • your lecturers come from Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa! This mix is instructive and interesting and many of the conferences and symposia have an international character as a result. 

  • you can study abroad during the programme because of its international character. Students went to Berlin, Bangor, Paris and Kyoto, for example.

  • you can become a member of Study Association Euphorion. They organise activities such as drinks, study trips, lectures, book readings and parties. They also keep you informed of major events in the literary world.

  • 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!

  • you will study in a lively and atmospheric Utrecht. You will take classes in the city centre, in monumental buildings around the Dom Church. Read more about the Utrecht Introduction Period, finding accommodationstudent organisations and going out.

This is what our students say

Our own students know better than anyone why the study programme Literary Studies 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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