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.

Haunted Summer study trip: English students from the Universities of Neuchâtel, Lausanne, and Geneva in front of the Villa Diodati, Cologny, where Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein in June 1816.


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

Don't miss the English Institute Summer Party, Thursday 2 June at 17.30, by the lake. 


2016 is Shakespeare year! Read an interview in the Express with three fans of the bard, Margaret Tudeau-Clayon and alumni Antoine Willemin and Sandro DeFeo.  


Information for first-year students 


"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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