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English Language and Culture, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #128 (QS) Leiden, Netherlands
We offer a bachelor degree in English Language and Culture at Leiden University. English is spoken, read and written all over the world, from the UK to the US and from South Africa to Australia. In Leiden we’ll give you an in-depth understanding of the English language, its culture and its literatures.
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English is a true world language, the mother tongue of approximately 380 million people and spoken as a second language by over a billion more worldwide. As an English bachelor’s student in Leiden you’ll acquire an excellent command of spoken and written English and you’ll immerse yourself at an academic level in its rich culture, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Along the way, you’ll be familiarised with the canon of English literature, from Shakespeare to Coetzee, and you'll learn to translate texts from Old and Middle English.

Why English Language and Culture at Leiden University?

  • Because it’s an internationally oriented programme in which you will acquire near-native English language skills and learn to think and write about all aspects of the language at a high academic level.
  • Leiden University’s English Language and Culture is lauded as an open, well-organised, ambitious and fun programme and its teachers are internationally renowned researchers in their fields.
  • You will also learn English dating back to the Middle Ages.

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: 

  • Language Acquisition 1: The Spoken Word
  • Linguistics 1: The Phonetics of English
  • Introduction to Old English Language and Literature
  • Language Acquisition 3: Grammar in Writing
  • Language and Linguistics: Tools and Methods
  • Literature 3A: The American Renaissance, American Literature, 1620-1865

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

  • a copy of a valid passport or European ID card
  • a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • a CV (résumé)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11500 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 Leiden

  • 850 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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