Why study English Language and Culture in Nijmegen?

English (be it British or American English) is the international language of science, diplomacy and business. Furthermore, English literature takes an important place in world literature. When you study English Language and Culture at Radboud University, you dive into an extremely versatile field of study that opens up a whole world to you.


A challenging and exciting programme that brings together the study of language, culture, literature, society and history

The Bachelor's programme in English Language and Culture at Radboud University distinguishes itself from similar degree programmes by having a research-based and topical degree programme that brings together the study of language, culture, literature, society and history. The content of the programme is always exciting, up-to-date and relevant, reflecting new developments in the study of English Language and Culture.


Full immersion in English, with a strong focus on language acquisition courses throughout the programme

The Dutch are ranked among others the best (non-native) speakers of English in the world and our programme intends both to contribute to and uphold this tradition. If you choose to study English Language and Culture at Radboud University, you will learn to speak and write English at a high professional level. The first year pays extensive attention to creating a strong basis for speaking and writing English fluently and eloquently, and for understanding its linguistic structure. The attention to meeting demanding standards of spoken and written English fluency continues apace throughout the programme. Furthermore, you will have Dutch as well as international peers, giving you the opportunity to speak English inside and outside the classroom. You will soon discover that you are learning not only from your lecturers but also from your peers!


A dynamic international teaching staff who are leading scholars in the field of English Language and Culture

Our study programme is taught by dedicated and inspiring lecturers and professors, who are leading scholars in the field of English Language and Culture. They incorporate current research conducted in the fields of English Language and Culture in their teaching, making sure our students are up-to-date on current developments and are able to critically analyse these developments, for instance in the field of medieval literature, popular culture, or second language acquisition. 


The opportunity to study abroad or do an internship

Radboud University offers you the exciting opportunity to study abroad for a semester or do an internship as part of your Bachelor's programme. In the first two years of your Bachelor's programme, you learn about Great Britain, its language, literature and culture through in-depth academic study.  During your semester abroad (should you choose to go) you will get to know Great Britain directly, in all its lively immediacy, while choosing a range of universities in Great Britain. Exchanges are also available to universities in Ireland. 


A small-scale, very personal approach to students enrolled in the programme

Radboud University is known for its personal approach to learning and education. You will experience this personal approach first hand, inside and outside the classroom. The small-scale teaching at the Faculty of Arts means that your lecturers know you personally and that you have frequent contact hours with your lecturers as well as your fellow students. Furthermore, you will receive guidance of both a staff mentor and a student advisor during your studies.

Additionally, as an international Bachelor's student, you will have the chance to join the so-called "Buddy programme" at the beginning of your first year, to find your way around campus and get accustomed to Dutch culture and student life. You will be matched with a senior student, who will guide you through your first semester at Radboud University. Read more about the Buddy programme.

A university setting (voted ‘best traditional university of the Netherlands’) that offers a centralized campus and lively cultural activities close to both nature and the beautiful historic city of Nijmegen
Nijmegen offers students a ‘campus style’ university that creates a sense of community and combines educational activities with social, cultural, sporting and leisure possibilities. The medieval center of Nijmegen (with origins dating back to the Romans) is a ten-minute bike ride away, across the street from our department is the Sports Centre with dozens of student sports teams, even as the surrounding countryside is filled with possibilities for biking, hiking, jogging and local pancakes. Our study association G.A.G. organizes activities on campus, in the city and far beyond (including our yearly study trips to Great Britain). And all this at the university that has been awarded top spot in the rankings of traditional, general universities in the Netherlands by the renowned Dutch university guide ‘Keuzegids Universiteiten’ seven times in the past ten years! 
The Keuzegids Universiteiten is published annually and is an independent guide which critically assesses the quality of Bachelor's programmes and universities. The areas assessed include the expertise of lecturers, the number of contact hours and the quality of the facilities. The Keuzegids relies largely on the assessments submitted by students in the National Student Survey.

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