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From September 2019, the English Department of the University of Amsterdam is introducing a new dual-track model for its Bachelor’s programme English Language and Culture. The new programme offers the opportunity for students to specialise in either ‘World Literatures in English’ or ‘English Linguistics and Literature’ during their second and third years, through a choice of new and innovative courses, such as ‘Contemporary World Literature’ and ‘Language in Society’.

English books

The English Department will celebrate its new dual-track programme with a launch event at Waterstones Amsterdam on Tuesday 14 May from 19:00 to 21:00. Focusing on English as a World Language and World Literatures in English, the event will feature English Language and Culture faculty reading from and discussing texts that have influenced them. These texts span the Anglophone world and include Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions, Rosina Lippi-Green’s English with an Accent: Language, Ideology and Discrimination in the United States, Samuel Selvon's The Lonely Londoners, and more.

All are welcome! If you're interested in attending, please email Mylène van Noort at

A Bachelor’s in English Language and Culture

Spoken throughout the world, English is the international language of science, the media, politics, and technology. In the Bachelor's programme at the UvA, you will explore the rich and vibrant cultural, literary and linguistic heritage of the English-speaking world. Working your way through both the traditional canon and English literatures from around the globe, you will study the origins and development of the language, diverse World Englishes, and how they are perceived and represented in the literary and media worlds.