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

Leçon inaugurale
Le livre et son sens matériel : l’exemple de la poésie héroï-comique anglaise des 17e et 18e siècles
Professeure Emma Depledge

3 avril 2019 - 18h15
Aula du 1er-Mars 26

Une soirée avec Jane Austen
Soirée de lecture et conférence

Vendredi 22 mars à 18h30 au CAN
(Centre d'art Neuchâtel)

The institute is proud to announce that Prof. Martin Hilpert was awarded the "Crédit Suisse Award for Best Teaching 2018" for his seminar entitled "Living Bilingualism." Congratulations, Martin! Click here for an interview.


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


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