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English Department


Welcome to the Department of English Languages and Literature

The English Department is one of the seven departments of languages and literatures at the University of Bern. We are a lively, medium-sized department with currently around 600 students, six full professors and about a dozen teaching staff. The fields covered in the department include a wide range of research areas in both literature and linguistics. This website provides you with information regarding our study programmes, courses, staff members, ongoing research projects and current events.


Secretariat Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 09.00 - 10.00 am
01.45 - 03.15 pm
Wednesday: 09.00 - 10.00 am

Please note

During term break or when one of the secretaries is on leave the opening hours may vary from week to week. To make sure that the secretariat is staffed you can consult the notice on the door (D201), mail or call us (031 631 82 45).

When closed, please use the Departmental Mail Box outside the secretariat to deposit assignments and other communications for staff.

Monika Iseli-Felder & Hilary Sharp




Annual Stay Abroad Meeting
Friday 30 October 2015
Room F-113 10.15-12:00

Thinking ahead about your Stay Abroad? Then come and collect ideas from students who have recently completed theirs, and listen to what the international studies coordinators have to say about how to plan it.

Contact Hilary Sharp in the secretariat if you wish to contribute. Otherwise just come along!



Congratulations to one of our staff members!

Dr. des. Lukas Etter has been selected as one of two recipients of the 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Prize, awarded by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Bern. The title of his award-winning PhD thesis is “Auteurgraphy: Distinctiveness of Styles in Alternative Graphic Narratives.”


Freshers' Day Powerpoint Presentation Now Available for Download

Freshers' Day 2015 Presentation


Autumn Semester Course Booklet and Timetable Now Available


Course Booklet Autumn 2015

Timetable Autumn 2015


Last updated 01.09.2015

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Rippl
Autumn Semester 2015: Sabbatical

I will be away on sabbatical during the autumn semester (1 August 2015 – 31 January 2016), hence the next office hours will take place upon my return in February. In urgent cases, please contact Hilary Sharp (Tel: +41 31 631 82 45 / sharp@ens.unibe.ch).


Spring 2015 Language Foundation Module Retake Date

The retake for the Spring Semester 2015 Writing Skills and Grammar exams will be September 9, 2015 in Unitobler Room F022 at 10:15 AM.


Independent Studies

Dear Students,

We now have an exciting new way of gaining Independent Study points. As of now, staff members will advertise projects they wish to monitor.

Please have a look at what is on offer:
- For Bachelor Studies
- For Master Studies

with best wishes,

Anja Thiel, Independent Studies Coordinator


Universität Bern | English Department | Länggassstrasse 49 | CH-3000 Bern 9 | Tel +41 (0)31 631 82 45 | Fax +41 (0)31 631 36 36
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Semester Dates

Autumn Semester 2015:  14.09.2015 - 18.12.2015

Upcoming Events

Wed. 21 October, 14:15 PM, Unitobler F022 Dr. Israel Unger: The Unwritten Diary of Israel Unger

Thurs. 5 November, 18.00, HG 120 Prof. Dr. John Holmes (Birmingham) "Ways of Knowing: Poetry, Science and Reductionism"

Tues. 17 November 2015, 10:00-12:00 Unitobler F022 Prof. Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet (University of Lausanne), "Transatlantic Gothic"

Thur. 19 November, 5.15, BMZ: Professor Paul Strohm (Columbia University) "Chaucer and Medieval London" (BMZ- Distinguished Lecture in English Literature)