Study programme

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The full Bachelor's programme in Literary Studies 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 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: 'Literature across Borders' or: 'Literature in Conflict'. 

Teaching methods

During your study programme, you will be exposed to the following teaching methods: lectures, working groups and project groups. Besides attending lectures and doing group work, you will also spend about 20 hours a week on self-study. Below you can see the distribution of theory, practice, group and individual work in percentages.

Teaching method






Group study


Independent study


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 (including Berlin, Bangor, Paris and Kyoto). Literature students have previously worked in publishing houses and cultural institutions such as libraries and museums.

Group size

On average, around 80 students start the Literary Studies Bachelor's 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 lot 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 Literary Studies in order to continue your studies.

Studenten op de fiets
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