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English Language and Culture

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Taught entirely in English, the Bachelor’s programme in English Language and Culture explores the literary, linguistic, and cultural richness of the vast English-speaking world. You will refine your command of the English language and discover the diversity of English through its literature, from its origins to its global expansion and beyond.

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This year, you won’t be able to attend any busy on-campus events with lots of people. But our online Open House is the perfect way to get to know UvA study programmes and university life from the comfort of your own home.

Every study programme has an Open House page with videos, FAQs and live events. On the main Open House website you can discover all our programmes,explore the city and campus, and get inspired during our theme weeks.

The World of English

From its humble beginnings as one of the languages of Britain, English has spread all over the globe and emerged as the international language of science, the media, politics, and technology. Taught exclusively in English, the UvA's Bachelor's in English Language and Culture allows you to explore and deepen your appreciation of the literature and linguistics of the English-speaking world.

As you work your way through the traditional canon and world literature in English from around the globe, you will study the origins and development of the language, diverse World Englishes like Australian, South African, Indian and Singaporean, as well as how they are perceived and represented in the literary and media worlds.

Is English Language and Culture right for you?

  • You want to master your spoken and written command of the English language.
  • You love reading books by the likes of William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, and are passionate about the language, literature and culture of England, the United States and the rest of the English-speaking world.
  • You enjoy writing, whether it’s an article for your school newspaper, a review of your favourite book or poem, a paper about the structure and development of the language, or your very own story.
Maryam Hassouni

'I had so much fun with phonology – it’s like a puzzle, and very helpful with literature. The more you know about language, the more you can have a diverse interpretation of a text.' - Maryam Hassouni, English Language and Culture graduate

Read the interview with Maryam Hassouni
Read the interview with Mees van Stiphout

Why study English Language and Culture in Amsterdam?

  • A world-class education: the programme is ranked 2nd in Continental Europe and 41st overall in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.
  • The chance to study in Amsterdam, a European hub with its own rich historical and cultural heritage, and a large professional and social English-speaking community.
  • A stand-alone programme focused on English language and culture from start to finish.
  • A uniquely broad and diverse range of courses within both the fields of literature and linguistics.
  • An intimate academic setting with small class sizes and plenty of time to interact with your professors and peers.
  • After completing your Bachelor's, you can apply to one of the UvA's many Master's programmes.

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Degree certificate

English Language and Culture is an accredited degree programme. After completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Bachelor's degree in English Language and Culture and the title Bachelor of Arts (BA).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme BA English Language and Culture
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time, part-time
Credits 180 ECTS, 36 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 56806