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English Language and Culture


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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Full-time, part-time

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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.

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UvA Bachelor's programme in English Language and Culture explained

Find out in 4 minutes what the English Language and Culture programme is about and why you should study it at the University of Amsterdam.

Ranked 1st in Continental Europe QS 2023 Ranking by subject

Quality programme

Broad range of courses

Combination of language, literature and culture

100 first year students

International classroom

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Two unique specialisations 

Why study English Language and Culture in Amsterdam?

  • A world-class education
    The programme is ranked 1st in Continental Europe and 42nd overall in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023. The UvA is ranked 58th in the 2023 QS World Rankings, the highest ranked university in the Netherlands and one of two Dutch universities in the top 100. The UvA also ranks 60th on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023.
  • Ideal study environment
    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. You also study in the very heart of Amsterdam, with the faculty's buildings all being located in the city centre.
  • A stand-alone programme
    The programme is solely focused on English language and culture from start to finish. It has a uniquely broad and diverse range of courses within both the fields of literature and linguistics.
  • Personal and professional
    An intimate academic setting with small class sizes and plenty of time to interact with your professors and peers.

After graduation

As an English Language and Culture graduate, you will have developed unique skills relevant to a career in your specific field, as well as a range of employment opportunities where a critical, curious, and independent disposition is essential. Graduates work as interpreters or translators, teachers and professors, policy officers and journalists. If you are looking to acquire broader or more specialised academic knowledge following your Bachelor's, you can apply for one of the UvA's Master's programmes.

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