BA in Literary Studies


What will I learn?

Our Literary Studies programme was voted the cream of the crop in the 2017 edition of the Selection Guide for Universities. The content of the programme, the lecturers and the workload in particular came in for a lot of praise. For its part, Elsevier, too, once again voted Utrecht University’s Bachelor’s programme in Literary Studies the best in the Netherlands.

From Poems to Fan Fiction

How do we distinguish literary texts from non-literary ones? What role does literature play in society, and what role did it use to play? Students taking Utrecht University’s Bachelor programme in Literary Studies will take a comparative look at literature of all eras, ranging from antiquity to the present time, focusing both on literature in itself and on its relation to other art forms and types of media. This programme takes in everything from epic poems to novels, and from novels to fan fiction.

Without Borders

Walk into a random bookshop and you will find literature written by authors from all over the world. In fact, the chances are that you read all sorts of literature yourself, be it European or Japanese literature, recent works or novels written in the past, poetry, fan fiction, what have you. Our Literary Studies programme will similarly allow you to cross such borders, as literature comes in many languages and represents many different cultures.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
€10,288.00 (9,11,976) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,


3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have the following: VWO diploma including wiskunde A or B and a grade of 8 or higher for English; A comparable international diploma (such as an International Baccalaureate (IB) with equivalent exam subject(s) in Mathematics). English Language Requirements: IELTS, Academic Module - Minimum score: 7.0 overall band, with at least a 6.0 for each component (writing, reading, speaking, listening). TOEFL, Internet based - Minimum score: 100, with at least 23 for writing, and at least 20 for the other sections (reading, speaking, and listening). Institutional scores are not accepted. Cambridge Certificates: Advanced English or Proficiency in English, minimum score C.

For international students

Your diploma may be recognised under an international treaty, or based on international comparisons; e.g. :

  • a European Baccalaureate from a European school
  • an International Baccalaureate
  • Zeugnis der Algemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur)
  • 3 GCE A-Levels
  • Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs (Belgium)
  • US High School Diploma (USA).
  • In addition to the completed High School Diploma, we require students to obtain at least 4 Advanced Placements (AP's) of the US College Board, all with a score of -3- or higher.
  • Diploma di Superamento dell’Esame di Stato Conclusivo dei Corsi di Istruzione Secondario Superiore (issued by a Liceo classico/ scientifico/ linguistico/scienze umane) (Italy)


  • IELTS is the test preferred by Utrecht University: Minimum score: 6.5 overall band, 5.5 for writing.
  • TOEFL, Internet based: Minimum score: 83 with 24 reading, 22 listening, 20 speaking, 17 writing
  • Cambridge Certificates: Advanced English or Proficiency in English, minimum score C.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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