• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
According to the highly regarded Keuzegids Bachelor's Selection Guide, the Celtic Languages and Culture programme offered by Utrecht University is once again among the top programmes in Dutch academic education. Highly rated aspects include the content of the study programme, the lecturers and the study load.
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About The Celtic Languages And Culture Programme

Before the beginning of the Christian era, Celtic-speaking people populated an area covering almost all of Europe as we know it today and developed rich cultures. In the Middle Ages, these same people were living in countries and regions still inhabited by Celtic-speaking peoples to this very day - Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and Brittany. 

Their culture is still giving rise to questions today in the 21st century. How do you pronounce Old Irish? Was King Arthur a real person? Which traces of the Celts are still evident in today's modern world? By studying Celtic Languages and Culture , you will learn how to find answers to all of these questions and also to distinguish between myths and reality.

Literature and Culture

Gods, heroes and saints; typical rituals, age-old legends and literary masterpieces: in this Bachelor's programme, you will study every aspect of Celtic culture and literature in great depth. Naturally, you will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Celtic society, including its political history.

Ancient Languages

Here in Utrecht, you will study two Celtic languages: Middle Welsh and Old Irish. This will enable you to read Celtic sources, which is vital for anyone wanting to gain a good understanding of Celtic culture. If you have a flair for languages and aren't someone who gives up easily, this is the right degree programme for you, as the grammar of these languages is not always clear cut. For example, Old Irish has up to 160 verb forms per verb. Sounds daunting, but if you love languages it’s paradise!

A Connection with Today's Modern World

Although you will frequently immerse yourself in history when studying Celtic languages and culture, that's not where your studies end. You will also study modern Welsh and Irish and compare these languages with English, for example, and identify exactly how they are different to each other. You will also establish which elements of Celtic culture feature in modern films and other types of media. For example, when they hear the word Celtic, many people automatically think of The Lord of the Rings, but is there really such a link?

Ancient Languages - Current Relevance

A hoard of gold from the first century before Christ, found near Maastricht and a crane operator who finds a virtually intact medieval book in an Irish peat bog – only the letters have become a bit more difficult to read. These are just two examples of recent discoveries in relation to Celtic languages and cultures, a research field that spans more than 2,500 years and evidently is still very current.


You have a passion for Celtic languages and culture: you like to read about Celtic myths and sagas and you're very familiar with terms like druid, warrior and bard. You also have an affinity with Ireland, Wales, Scotland or Brittany: all areas that still exude a Celtic feel to this very day. You are very aware of the important role that language plays in any culture, which is why you enjoy learning the special languages that the Celts spoke. Finally, you're not afraid to choose a degree programme based on your profound interest in the subject matter in question. You actually like the fact that the study of Celtic languages and culture is terra incognita for most people. This is because in addition to good academic skills that open up various options for you, this degree programme gives you a unique graduation profile.

Career Prospects

After finishing a Bachelor’s programme, most students will continue their studies in a Master’s programme. A university degree does not train students for one particular profession. The Bachelor’s degree provides a student with many options in the job market. 

Graduates in Celtic Languages and Culture have gone on to work for publishers, as journalists at newspapers, in the insurance industry, and at banks. But your certificate can also be a stepping stone for a job with the Irish or Welsh tourism offices or another organisation that is affiliated with the Celtic-speaking countries. Much of this depends on your own interests and initiative.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Old Irish: Language And Culture
  • Introduction To Celtic Studies
  • Continental Celtic
  • Middle Welsh: Language And Culture 
  • Literature And History Of The Medieval Celts
  • From Tain to Tolkien and beyond
  • Medieval universal language

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • In the Netherlands, only the Dutch VWO diploma gives direct access to a university education. 
  • If you hold a foreign secondary school diploma, the Admissions Office will need to determine whether you can be admitted to the University. In this case, they will verify if your diploma is considered equivalent to a Dutch vwo diploma.
  • English proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10288 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10288 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee 2020-2021, full-time): € 2,143
  • Institutional fee 2020-2021: € 8,984 (EU/EEA), € 10,288 (non-EU/EEA)

Living costs for Utrecht

  • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Utrecht University, the Dutch Government and other organisations offer scholarships, fellowships and grants. Below is a list of the scholarships that are most often used by international students studying in Utrecht. Note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarship
  • Student grant and loan system
  • Canadian student loans
  • US Federal Loans
  • Tuition fee loan

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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