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.

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.

      Guess how many Neuchâtel students can fit inside an English phone booth?   


Photo by Aïcha Kottmann

News & events

Spaces are still available for the Haunted Summer of 1816 Field Trip on May 23 to Chillon Castle and the Bodmer Foundation. Please contact Patrick Vincent if interested.


Students are invited to attend FREE the dress rehearsals of a performance of Shakespeare in French. Please contact Professor Tudeau-Clayton to sign up for May 17 or May 18.


Take advantage of our new student exchange with Coe College, Iowa. If interested in studying a semester or year in the USA starting next fall, please contact Marie-France Farine as soon as possible at 032 718 1085.


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.  


How do you out-mooc the Moocs? Martin Hilpert's extremely popular linguistics webinars on youtube (18'000 viewers!) were recently featured on the Unine Facebook page. Congratulations, Martin!


Institute students under the direction of Patrick Vincent are helping prepare a forthcoming exhibition at Chillon Castle entitled "Byron is Back!," part of a series of events to commemorate the Genevan summer of 1816.


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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