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English Language and Culture


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English is a truly global language, the mother tongue of approximately 380 million people and spoken as a second language by over a billion more. As an English bachelor’s student in Leiden, you will acquire an excellent command of spoken and written English, while also learning to understand the language structure and the mechanics behind language acquisition. Moreover, you will have the chance to study the culture of Great Britain and other English-speaking countries in-depth, while analysing the relation between language changes and societal changes over the ages. Our programme offers plenty of opportunities to read and study the rich literatures of the English-speaking world, from Shakespeare to Derek Walcott, and from Beowulf to Zadie Smith. You will also get a taste of the Middle Ages while exploring texts in their original Old and Middle English.

Why English Language and Culture at Leiden University?

  • Our bachelor’s programme is unique in the Netherlands for the width of its scope. It covers English in all its varieties, from the earliest beginning in the Middle Ages to the present day.
  • This is a programme with a personal approach, prioritising work in small groups and in close contact with the lecturers.
  • You will be part of a lively international community of students and teachers.




Bachelor of Arts


3 years

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2023/2024

€ 2,314

€ 12,500


Application requirements

Information not available

Language requirements

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
IELTS overall band
IELTS listening
IELTS reading
IELTS writing
IELTS speaking
TOEFL internet based
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English

Check when you can start and what you have to pay!

Tuition fees  
€ 2,314
€ 12,500
Information not available
Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '23 1 May '23 1 Apr '23


Leiden University

Main address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
071 - 5271111

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