From #NeverAgain to Neverland Ranch, from The War of the Worlds to the War on Terror, from “Clean Coal” to Clean Eating—movements, policies, and products “made in America” shape the modern world.

In American Studies, you’ll learn in depth about the popular culture, politics, history, literature, economics, race relations, and religions of the United States. And you’ll study the connections between the Americas and the wider world. American Studies is not only “American”—its international scope and inter-American perspective prepare you to lead in the global future.

Why study American Studies at RUG?

♦ Relevant – approach current events, culture, and debates with critical insight and historical perspective

♦ Global - hone your English language skills in courses with internationally- renowned faculty; study abroad at partner universities in the US, Latin America, or Canada

♦ Flexible - specialize your studies to fit your interests—be they media, politics, history, or international relations

♦ Applicable - build your portfolio of professional skills—including English, writing, critical thinking, and research—to set yourself apart in your future career

What can you do with a degree in American Studies?

The breadth and diversity of our program equip you for a wide range of careers and further opportunities for study. Graduates find employment in fields such as politics and government, media and journalism, business, education, and the creative and cultural industries. After their study is complete, many students enroll directly in the MA program in American Studies. The BA program is also excellent preparation for various other master’s programs in the humanities and social sciences.

Job examples

  • Journalist
  • Diplomat
  • Information Officer at a ministry

Admission Requirements

Previous education:

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Students with a Dutch 'hbo propedeuse' diploma also need to meet the language requirements mentioned above.

Language requirements:

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components)

Application deadlines:

  • EU/EEA students: May 1, 2019
  • non-EU/EEA students: May 1, 2019

Tuition Fees:

  • EU/EEA students: €2083 for 2019/2020
  • non-EU/EEA students: €8900 for 2019/2020
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