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Literature and Society


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How does literature influence our culture and our daily lives? How do different expressions of text and image complement each other? How do our stories make us who we are? And what makes a story worth reading?

Typical questions on which you develop a critical, sharp view during your studies in Literature and Society. Literature is a broad concept and varies from the first written texts to the last spoken word performance. As a student you are not just reading: of course, you love literature, but your interests are broader. You want to learn how stories shape us and how they can be linked to our contemporary challenges. You’re interested in culture and social issues and also enjoy writing yourself. 

Within the bachelor's program in Literature and Society, you choose one of our 2 tracks, which, in addition to the language of instruction, also differ in focus: 

  • Creatief Schrijven Nederlands
    A study in literature and creative writing: the first Dutch bachelor's degree in creative writing, which gives you a scientific basis plus practical writing skills: creative writing. Main language in this track is Dutch.
  • Literature and Society
    This bachelor's program teaches you to look at (written and visual) literature with a critical eye. Here too you will work on your writing skills, but the focus of the course is broader. 




Bachelor of Arts


3 years

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530


Application requirements

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Language requirements

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
IELTS overall band
TOEFL paper based
TOEFL computer based
TOEFL internet based

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

Tuition fees  
€ 2,530
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Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 1 May '24 1 Apr '24
1 Sep '25 1 May '25 1 Apr '25
1 Sep '26 1 May '26 1 Apr '26


You can check if you're eligible for scholarships that apply to this course.

NL Scholarship

The NL Scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in the Netherlands.

UAF: Foundation for Refugee Students

Orange Knowledge Programma (OKP)

The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to contribute to a society's sustainable and inclusive development. Its scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries.

Orange Tulip Scholarship - China

These customised scholarships will increase the talent development in a country with a Nuffic Neso office by allowing talented students to study in the Netherlands.


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