Students from the programme share their experiences.
'We are exposed to a lot of ways of looking at things. Different philosophical perspectives, different writers, different ways of representing the world. All these different ways force you to see things a little differently: there’s not one world, and not one way of making sense of it.' Read more
Rather than jumping straight into the deep end, we first learned basic methods. So, for example, we learned things like narratology, how to unpick a poem, how to unpick a story, a film, a piece of art, and how to use compositional techniques. Read more
'I chose this programme because I love to read. But I quickly found Literary and Cultural Analysis is about so much more. For instance, I’ve learned a lot about South-African apartheid, gender theory, Plato, and my own personal interest, religion. The programme offers you the space to develop your interests. From the very start, you’re pushed to think harder about stuff than you would normally do. It’s not just about facts. You write essays, present your work in progress, and discuss just about everything.'
Over the course of your studies at the University of Amsterdam, you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy all the cultural, sporting and social activities Amsterdam has to offer. You can join a student association (not to be confused with your degree programme's study association) or play an active role in one of the various bodies representing student interests.
We recommend joining your degree programme's study association at the start of the first year. This will help you with both your studies and social life: you will get to know your fellow students in far less time and participate in activities that relate to your chosen field of study. In many cases, membership also offers practical advantages, such as discounts on study books.
Literary Studies students can also join the Fabula Rasa Study Association. The association organises the sale of study books for first-year students, as well as regular social activities, excursions and study trips.