• 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.


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.

Ancient Languages

Here in Utrecht during the Celtic Languages and Culture programme offered by Utrecht University, 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!

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:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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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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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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