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.

Neuchâtel "Janeites" visiting the Jane Austen Centre in Bath (Institute study trip 2012)

Courses are taught by scholars very active in their respective fields who value the contribution of research to teaching. George Steiner, Terry Eagleton and Robert Darnton 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

Follow former MA and current HEP student Isabelle Thalmann's round-the-world tour in "Litoral Home Information." This month, she writes about her solo tour of Nepal!


The Institute would like to congratulate the following former English Master degree students who graduated from the HEP on 23 October 2014: Olivia Arpel; Danijela Beslin; Jeanne-Christine Dayer; Céline Dornbierer; Coralie Frésard; Orianne Schaller; Tiziana Laetitia Tuzzolino; Fabian Aellig; and Cédric Baechler. We wish you much success and happiness in your teaching careers!


We're proud to announce that David Correia Saavedra has received the Prix de la Faculté from the University of Lausanne for his MA memoire entitled "Lexical blending in English. From splinters to combining forms," directed by Dorota Smyk-Bhattacharjee and Aris Xanthos.

Dr. Markus Iseli's doctoral thesis,The New Romantic Unconscious: Thomas de Quincey and Cognitive Science, was just awarded the the Henry-E.-Sigerist-Prize by the Swiss Society for the History of Medicine and Science. Palgrave Macmillan has also accepted to publish it in 2015. Congratulations, Markus!


Information for first year students

Continuing education


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