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.

Participants in this semester's "Romantic Literature" BA seminar at the entrance of Greenhead Ghyll, Grasmere, Cumbria, where poet William Wordsworth composed "Michael" in 1802.





Courses 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.


News & events

Congratulations to former assistant Rahel Orgis on the publication of her book: "Narrative Structure and Reader Formation in Lady Mary Wroth's Urania"


Vendredi 24 février 2017 à 9h30 FLSH
Mme Ruta Baublyté Kaufmann
The Architecture of space-time in the novels of Jane Austen


The 2017 SAUTE conference will take place at the University of Neuchâtel on April 27-28, 2017. Please click here for more details.


Interested in all things Shakespearian in Switzerland? Then don't miss Alice Leonard's blog, Swisspeare.


The Keats-Shelley Review recently published an article on the Genevan summer of 1816 that was researched in part by the following MA students: Jessica Beuchat, Elizabeth Brown Bovet, Macha Burkhalter, Sandrine Grandjean, Christhian Hauser, Aïcha Kottman, and Guillaume Pellaton. Congratulations to our budding scholars!


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

Continuing education


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