Welcome to the website of study association Albion. Almost every degree at Utrecht University has its own study association, and for the degree of English Language and Culture this is Albion. As a study association, we do everything we can to help you get the most out of your time at Utrecht University. We organise all sorts of activities: from career events and symposia to parties and pub quizzes, but also trips to Ireland, Scotland or England. We are in close contact with the English Department and make sure your feedback reaches the right people. None of this is mandatory, every activity is organised for all members and you can simply join whenever you like. Do you want to know more about Albion and its activities? Check out our brand new brochure!
You can join Albion if you study of have studied English Language and Culture at Utrecht University. Contribution is €10 annually, but for your first year there will be an additional €20 fee. Once you are a member you are more than welcome to join every activity Albion organises and you will receive discounts on your study books if you order them in our web shop. Click here to join Albion!
The first weekend of September, Albion organises an introduction camp for all first year students of English. During this weekend there are plenty of activities to get to know your fellow students. Check out this link for more information and the sign up form. You can sign up for the camp and additional introduction activities until the 16th of August.
Like the Albion Facebook page to keep yourself updated and entertained. It contains up-to-date information on all activities and events. You can also ask your quick questions there. And of course you can always reach us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Albion Utrecht has been around since 1959; however, it ceased to exist at some point. It was refounded in 1991 as the study association we now know and love.
Albion is the oldest (known) name of the island of Great Britain, and is today still used in poetry. The white cliffs of Dover may have been the reason Great Britain was called Albion; as Albion means either white, or hill.
In the 12th century Historia Regum Brittanae (The History of Kings in Britain), goddess Diana tells Brutus of Troy:
“Brutus! there lies beyond the Gallic bounds
An island which the western sea surrounds,
By giants once possessed, now few remain
To bar thy entrance, or obstruct thy reign.
To reach that happy shore thy sails employ
There fate decrees to raise a second Troy
And found an empire in thy royal line,
Which time shall ne’er destroy, nor bounds confine”