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English Language and Culture

Leiden University

Bachelor Undergraduate Leiden

Course description

Qualification Bachelor of Arts
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary English is spoken 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 literatures.
Course description English is a world language: mother tongue of approximately 380 million people and spoken as a second language by over a billion more. As a student in Leiden you'll study prose and poetry through the ages, as well as other media, such as TV, films and their cultural impact. You'll learn how to analyse and translate texts in Old and Middle English (spoken in the Middle Ages). You will look at how sentences, words and sounds are structured and the development that the language has undergone. In addition to acquiring an excellent command of the English language, you'll become acquainted with the literature, culture and history of the Englishspeaking world, from the early Middle Ages to the present day, and learn how to communicate effectively in English. Why English Language and Culture at Leiden University? * 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 an academic level. * It's an open, well-organised, ambitious and fun programme and its teachers are internationally renowned researchers in their fields. * You'll learn English dating back to the Middle Ages.
Study subjects
Course objectives -
ECTS credits 180.00
Duration 36 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes computer exercise, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, working group, self study
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department Faculty of Humanities
Information about the institution High-quality education, a broad choice of programmes and all complemented with personal support make Leiden University the perfect option for successfully taking your studies to the next level.


Admission requirements
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English C1
IELTS listening 6
IELTS overall band 6
IELTS reading 6
IELTS speaking 6
IELTS writing 6
TOEFL computer based 21
TOEFL internet based 21
TOEFL paper based 21
Professional experience required -
Duration 36 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2020 1 May 2020 1 Apr 2020
1 Sep 2021 1 May 2021 1 Apr 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 2143€ 11500n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.



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Tessa Obbens

Coordinator of studies

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Studielijn Universiteit Leiden

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