Welcome to English at Neuchâtel

The Institute of English Studies at the University of Neuchâtel is a vibrant community of researchers, teachers, and students devoted to the study of English linguistics and literature.

Our curriculum covers all aspects of English at the university level, including practical language, the most current approaches to linguistics, and the study of English-language literature from the middle ages to today. The institute's relatively small size and excellent student / teacher ratio sets us apart from larger, more anonymous departments, allowing for more personalized instruction in oral, writing and research skills, and fostering intellectual exchanges in a congenial environment. We offer BA and MA-level programs in English, and we participate in the Swiss CUSO doctoral school.

 CScreen Shot 2018-09-21 at 11.12.35.pngourses are taught by scholars very active in their respective fields who value the contribution of research to teaching. George Steiner, Terry Eagleton, Robert Darnton and Derek Attridge are among the many guest lecturers invited in the last few years. The institute also organizes a biennial trip to England as well as a number of social events during the semester.

 Convinced that our students' educational experience should extend beyond the classroom, we offer a number of opportunities for outside internships and student exchanges with universities in Great Britain, the United States, and Australia.

Experiencing Brönte country, Yorkshire (Institute study trip, May 2018, photo courtesy of Marco Bernardo)

Practical Information for First Year Students

Information sheet (Introduction to Literature)

News & events

An international celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for Halloween 2018. FLSH, 31 October 2018.

Guest lectures:

Prof. Dagmar Divjak (University of Sheffield)
« We pattern junkies: can we link implicit sequence learning ability directly to language processing? »
November 1st, 17h30, FLSH RE42


Dr. Sangam Macduff (University of Geneva) will discuss Joyce's epiphanies in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, October 30, 14h15, FLSH B.1.48


Congratulations to Katrin Rupp, who just published Writing on Skin in the Age of Chaucer with De Gruyter.

Congratulations to Ruta Baublyte Kaufmann, who just published The Architecture of Space-Time in the Novels of Jane Austen with Palgrave Macmillan.


Congratulations to Rahel Orgis and Matthias Heim, who just published Fashioning England and the English: Literature, Nation, Gender with Palgrave Macmillan. (Twitter)


"Where are they now?" Don't forget to regularly check our alumni news page, and to send us updates on your life after university.

Photo Albums


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