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Welcome to the Department of English Languages and Literatures

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, one assistant professor 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.


Autumn Semester 2014

Now available for download:

Timetable AS 2014 (25 June 2014)
- Information Booklet AS 2014 (27 August 2014)



Standard 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 & Hilary




Secretariat Closed Friday, October 24


The English Department's annual outing takes place on October 24, and the secretariat will be closed.

Annual Stay Abroad Meeting

    Students from the department will give presentations about their experiences during their stays abroad.

Friday 14 November
9:15 a.m.  Room F-123 Unitobler

   Please register with Hilary Sharp in the secretariat (hilary.sharp@ens.unibe.ch) if you wish to contribute by 3 November. This event will also be of interest to students currently planning their stays abroad.  Come and collect ideas and impressions!


Under Construction: October 2014


   For the next few weeks you may find broken links and missing pages on the English Department website as we do some much-needed reorganization.  While the website is under construction, feel free to contact the directors' assistant if you cannot find the information you need.

Exam Retake Dates

Autumn 2014 Focus Module Lecture Retakes:
Week 13, During Class

Autumn 2014 MA Foundation Lectures Retakes:
Friday, January 9, 2015
Literary Theory 10:00
Linguistics 2:00

All Other Autumn Semester 2014 Retakes:
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
10:15 & 12:15

New Conference from the section for Literary Theory:

The Speculative Community: Or, Community and Contingency

New Concepts in Post-Identitarian Thought II

University of Bern, October 18-19, 2014

Unitobler Room F005




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 BA
- For MA

with best wishes, your Independent Studies coordinator
Nicole Nyffenegger


Switzerland's Exclusion from the Erasmus Student Exchange Programme

Erasmus Update March 10, 2014--I

Eramus Update March 10, 2014--II

Erasmus Update February 28, 2014.

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