Bachelor in English Language and Culture


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Program Description

A global language - Nearly a billion people on Earth use English in their everyday communication. Approximately 400 million are native English speakers everywhere from the United Kingdom to Australia and from South Africa to Alaska. English is a global language. And if you hope to participate in society at all, it is a language that you want to be able to speak and read.


But I already know English?

Many students think they already know English. Not you. You know that there is still a lot to learn. And studying English also means investigating how the language actually works, and how people learn it and use the different varieties. Moreover, the English degree programme is more than language. You explore literature and culture in the English-speaking world in depth. Not only in Great Britain and the United States but also in Ireland, Australia, and South Africa.

During your degree programme, not a day will go by without learning a new English word. In Utrecht, one of the ways you learn the language is by reading great authors ̶ not just by studying grammar. You study the influences of social and political developments. This fusion of language, literature, and culture does not make learning English easier, but it does make it considerably more interesting.

Career Prospects

After a Bachelor's most students go on to take a follow-on Master’s programme. A Master’s allows you to work in various fields of employment. It all depends on the direction you followed in your specialization.

The Language of Business and Science

Expertise in the English language and culture means you have a lot to offer an employer. English is the most important business language, but it is also the language of academic research. When ideas meet in the world, they do so in English. Graduates also find employment in the publishing, communications, and education sectors.

Language Instructor

As a language instructor, you teach classes in English. You teach young people all of the aspects of the language in question: grammar, vocabulary, idioms, and pronunciation. As the instructor, you are responsible for your students' progress.


Generally speaking, you translate written texts from a foreign language (the source language) into your native language (the target language); of course, it can also be the other way round. As a translator, you have the option of specializing in a certain type of translation. Examples include medical translation (such as patient information leaflets); legal translation (law codes, notarial deeds); commercial translation (such as advertising copy); as well as literary translation (novels and poetry). You can also choose whether you want to take a permanent position somewhere, such as a translation agency, or if you prefer to work as a self-employed translator.

PhD Comparative Literary Studies

As a PhD candidate in Comparative Literary Studies, you'll carry out research in the field of literary studies under the supervision of a professor after your studies.

Your research will focus on the role of literature in the European community, but can also focus on North or South America. As a PhD candidate, you are aware of developments in literary studies and use these a basis for creating a socially and scientifically relevant research plan. Your research will be your primary activity, but you will also supervise students and take advanced lessons.

You will conclude your doctoral research by writing and defending a doctoral thesis. This earns you a doctorate degree, abbreviated as Dr.

Literary Critic

With your expertise in literature, you write reviews, articles and columns, and conduct interviews about old or new literature. You are up to date on new works and use your knowledge to critique them.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of int ... Read More

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is an esteemed international research university, consistently positioned number one in The Netherlands, 14th in continental Europe and the worldwide top 100 of international rankings, and member of the renowned European League of Research Universities. Read less