American Studies

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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Interdisciplinary in Approach. Dynamic in Teaching. Relevant in Practice. American Studies at The University of Groningen.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track

Comprehensive and Challenging - Entirely taught in English by internationally-renowned faculty, the one-year Master's track in American Studies offers engaging research seminars which examine a wide range of theoretical, historical, social-political, and cultural approaches to the Americas.

Research-Focused and Flexible - Based on your academic and professional interests, you can tailor your research topics to your individual preferences. Your program will culminate in a Master's Dissertation exploring a relevant American Studies topic of your choice.

Practical and Cross-Cultural You can enhance your academic experience by studying abroad or doing an internship in North or South America. Upon graduation, your expertise in U.S. economic, political, and cultural affairs combined with your independent research and English skills will set you apart in your future career.

Waarom aan de RUG?

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  • A supportive, challenging, and international learning environment
  • A truly interdisciplinary approach to the Americas
  • Entirely taught in English by experienced and highly trained international faculty
  • Opportunity to study abroad or do an internship in the U.S.
  • Career preparation with a wide range of transferable skills
  • Program consistently ranks highly in national quality assurance assessments
  • Groningen is an energetic, safe and affordable student city


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In the one-year American Studies Master's track, you can choose from a number of specialization courses.
Leaders and Followers
10 EC
The Politics of Progress: Revolution and Enlightenment, 1650-1800
10 EC
Religion in the Borderlands keuzevak
10 EC
What's Left? keuzevak
10 EC
Study Abroad keuzevak
10 EC
Internship keuzevak stage
10 EC
MA Dissertation afstuderen
20 EC


specialisatie MA Placement

Students have the option to replace one Research Seminar with an MA Placement, which is to be carried out during the second semester, in principle in the U.S. or the Americas.

Because such an internship is part of your degree program, it will have to comply with the curriculum requirements. Further details can be obtained from the department or academic advisor. The Office for Student Affairs can help you with some of the practical issues.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet60% zelfstudie
30% theorie
10% praktijk
literature study, internship, tutorial, lecture, group discussion, self evaluation, individual assignment, self study, integration module, project
instruction modes
Research seminars, lectures, study abroad, internship, Master's dissertation.
Students acquire the knowledge, skills and insight into American Studies needed to do independent scientific research and to be able to work in society at an academic level.
study guidance
If you have any questions about your studies, you may contact the American Studies academic advisor who can assist you with academic planning, university services, and other relevant matters. Students can schedule an appointment via the Office of Student Affairs or stop by during the advisor's weekly walk-in hours to discuss a variety of academic issues.
study abroad
Possibility to study in North or South America

Minimum of 30 ECTS

Studying abroad during the second semester of your Master's program can complement your American Studies experience at The University of Groningen. As availability permits, you can apply to study abroad at one of our first-rated exchange partner institutions in North and South America and enroll in a variety of courses of your choosing.
This is your opportunity to experience first-hand everything you have studied in the classroom, a truly enriching opportunity for students, both academically and personally!

For more information regarding exchange locations, please visit the Department of American Studies website at

honours-/excellence program Master's Honours Program

The Master's Honours Program was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a program worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's program. It is a one-year interdisciplinary program that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2022
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Note: it's only possible to a very limited extent to start in February. For more information, please contact the study advisor.

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 185.

estimated monthly costs

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303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


31 studenten volgen deze opleiding
29% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2017
?% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


E Pluribus Unum (EPU) is the study association for students who study American Studies. EPU's main goal is to unite all American Studies students, both from the Bachelor and Master programs. By doing so, the study association can represent the entire student body in their interests, and provide them with ample opportunities to expand those interests. EPU organizes a vast array of activities, ranging from monthly (themed) drinks to study trips abroad.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Taran Draper
The Americas have always peeked my curiosity with its similarities and stark differences to European cultures.

My name is Taran Draper, and I am a recent graduate of the Bachelor of American Studies and 1st year student of the Master North American Studies. After having lived abroad for my entire life, yet being Dutch and having family throughout the Netherlands, I decided to come study at the University of Groningen and pursue a degree in American Studies. I enjoy reading, writing, watching all the latest TV shows and most of all following American politics.A fascinating cultureAmerican Studies matches my interests precisely because for me the U.S...
The Americas have always peeked my curiosity with its similarities and stark differences to European cultures. The U.S. is also the source of many cultural aspects of our everyday lives and the study of how this culture has evolved helps us understand elements of modern day life. The Masters program gives you the opportunity not only to learn more about this fascinating culture but also to develop your skills in academic writing and critical thinking.

lees verder ...
Liaison Officer Europe at VH Strategies

During my Master's degree programme in American Studies I gained a lot of knowledge about the United States. I also improved my research, writing and spoken English skills. This is of great benefit in my current work for an American political consultant. I deal with transatlantic issues and developments in American politics on a daily basis.What attracted me to the Master’s programme in American Studies was that you learn how to critically analyse culture, history and politics...
In my six months as Lantos Fellow I worked for Congresswoman Napolitano in the House of Representatives. It was a fantastic experience to be able to walk round right at the heart of American democracy.
I also did an exchange at Central Michigan University. This too was one of the best experiences of my studies. Although I really enjoy my current work in American politics, in the future I would like to study for a second Master’s degree at a top university in the United States.

lees verder ...


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1/5 RUG
American Studies
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€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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2/5 RUG
Noord-Amerika Studies
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€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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3/5 Universiteit Leiden
North American Studies
€ 350 gemiddelde kamerhuur
1 eerstejaars
100% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
4/5 Radboud Universiteit
History, Culture and Politics
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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NAN% vrouw
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5/5 Radboud Universiteit
North American Studies
€ 315 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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NAN% vrouw
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disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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algemeen oordeel4.14.0
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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

American Studies aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 14 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.1 uit 5.

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The program's interdisciplinary curriculum and specializations gives you ample opportunity to find out what topics interest you most and what areas of employment you wish to explore. Pursuing an internship while in the program is a great way to gain experience in the field prior to seeking full-time employment. As an American Studies graduate, you will gain competency in a broad range of transferable skills which will diversify your career prospects.
Your expertise in the US economic, political, cultural, commercial and social domains, coupled with your highly proficient English communication skills and cultural adaptability through your study abroad experience, will set you apart from other job candidates.

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Interested in marketing or international business? Then utilize your knowledge of US economic and commercial policies and practices by assisting companies seeking to expand into the European and US markets.

culture and arts

Your highly proficient English skills will also prepare you to work at education institutions, in particular in the area of the internationalization of teaching and learning. A number of graduates also work in high schools and institutions of tertiary education, where they teach primarily English or History. Several American Studies graduates also wish to continue their studies by completing PhD degrees, either in The Netherlands, the UK or the US.

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