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.

DSC_1082.JPG 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.

Museum of Printing at Lyon

Practical Information for First Year Students

News & events

On 27 October, the institute will be hosting the 2017 SANAS AGM and a mini-conference on "21st Century Thoreau" with two guest talks: Laura Dassow Walls (University of Notre Dame), "A Constant New Creation: Thoreau and the Anthropocene" (10:30-11:15 in RS 38) and François Specq (Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon), "Reading, Hoeing, Seeing: Thoreau's Lover's Quarrel with Books" (13:30-14:15 in RS 38). All are welcome. 


We are glad to welcome Vidya Allemann, Rahel Orgis, Suzana Traube-Zink and Dieter Studer for teaching at the Institute during the autumn term.


"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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