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English is a subject that gives many opportunities for the future. Studying English, you will not only improve your English, you will also develop your communication skills and your analytical, critical, and interpretive abilities.

At our department, students and teachers from many parts of the world meet. This creates an international environment where there is a shared interest in language, culture and learning.

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Why study English?

Students make a profession out of their studies in English, working as teachers, translators, or in marketing and communication. But proficiency in English is a great advantage for many other types of jobs as well. Whether you aim for a career in business, politics and public administration, or media, culture or tourism, improving your skills in English will be beneficial. In sum, if you are interested in the world, studying English will give you skills to understand it better, and may even help you change it for the better.


Meet our teachers

If you choose to study with us, you will have some of Sweden's most prominent researchers in their fields as teachers.

English opens doors

Maria at Great gate, the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.
At the Great gate, the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Photo: private.

Language is fundamental to the way we understand the world and interact with other people. Today, English is the world’s number one lingua franca, but has been influenced by other languages throughout its fascinating history.

For many people across the world, English opens doors – it is a language of opportunity. In my research, I have explored how English is used in educational and professional contexts by people who did not learn it their first language. This research has given me insight into the ways language works in society and how it can be learnt and taught.

I love teaching. Some of my courses explore how our world is shaped by and through our language uses; others focus on structural features of  English – how different bits and pieces fit together.

Working in the department of English has given me the opportunity to engage with people from very different backgrounds and walks of life. My former students have taken jobs as teachers, university lecturers, and communication specialists in different countries, including Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

Although English linguistics is a relatively young discipline, English is probably the most well-researched language in the world today. Did you know that the study of English has been shaped by people like J.R.R Tolkien and Noam Chomsky?

Maria Kuteeva is a Professor at our department.
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Photo of Giles Whiteley

I am very lucky to be able to teach literature in English at Stockholm University. It is a wonderful experience: students are so innovative and engaged, and I am always learning new ways to interpret texts from our classes together. Studying literature opens your eyes to the ways in which culture and history are all around us. It allows you to read texts not just for what they say today, but how they communicated to readers in the past, deepening our sense of what it means to be human.

And there are few better places to study and teach English literature than at Stockholm University. We have an international reputation in the discipline, and world-class researchers working at the cutting edge of the field. Their passion and invention filter into all elements of our teaching and course design, giving students a sense of the lively debates which are shaping the discipline of literature in English today.

Giles Whiteley is a Professor at our department.
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