• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
During the English Language and Culture programme at Utrecht University, not a day will go by without you learning a new English word. 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. 
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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 Language and Culture programme at Utrecht University 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 Ireland, Australia and South Africa.

Career perspectives

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

The Language Of Business And Science

Expertise in 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Sound Lab
  • The Writers’ Lab
  • Prescribing and Describing English
  • Bede to the Bard: English Literature 449-1649
  • Foundations of English Linguistics
  • Milton to the Millennium: English Literature 1650-2000

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

  • 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.

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10410 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10410 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Dutch and other EU/EEA students (statutory fee, full-time): € 2,168
  • Institutional fee: € 9,090 (EU/EEA), € 10,410 (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.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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