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English Language and Culture (BA)

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.

Why English Language and Culture?

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.

Karel Fraaije

first-year student

Karel Fraaije

“I was weighing up several study possibilities, including English Language and Culture. I participated in the University’s Student for a day initiative and I noticed immediately that this English programme suited me best. The atmosphere is good, my fellow students are highly motivated and there are plenty of options.”

Sander Stolk


Sander Stolk

“English really is a world language; whatever the US President does and everything that happens in the UK is reported in the media here. If you are interested in what people say in English and how the English language works, then this programme is definitely for you.”

Evert van Leeuwen

University Lecturer

Evert van Leeuwen

“In Leiden University we pay much more attention to Old and Middle English than other universities and that really is one of our unique selling points.”

Is this the programme for you?

If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, we can safely say that the English Language and Culture programme is for you.

  • Are you interested in language as a means of communication?
  • Are you fascinated by the English language itself and curious about its workings?
  • Are you intrigued by English literature and the respective cultures of English-speaking regions?
  • Do you have a passion for reading?
  • Would you like to work in an international environment after you graduate?

Check out the programme structure

Online experience English Language and Culture

Want to know if this is the right study for you? Check out our online experience and find out more. This experience consists of online mini-courses with a few assignments.
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Chat with a student

Do you have a question about studying at leiden University or student life in Leiden? Do you want more information about the English language and culture programme? Chat with a current student for answers to your questions!

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