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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.


Spring Semester 2015

Timetable and Course Booklet Available for Download

Spring Semester 2015 Timetable (12 January 2015)

Spring Semester 2015 Course Booklet (19 January 2015)


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




Spring 2015 Language Foundation Module Retake Date

The retake for the Spring Semester 2015 Writing Skills and Grammar exams will be September 9, 2015.  The room number for this retake will be shared later.


Master Studies Info Days

The University of Bern offers open days for prospective MA students. For students of English, there will be an info meeting and open classes. For further information, see Masterinformationstage.


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, your Independent Studies coordinator

Dr. des. Kathrin Scheuchzer


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

Spring Semester 2015:  16.02.2015 - 29.05.2015

Upcoming Events

17 March
14:00 F 022 Unitobler
Alexandra Portmann/ Azadeh Ganjeh
„What, has this thing appeared again tonight?“ - Intercultural appropriations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet in Iran and former Yugoslavia

23 March
18.30 – 20.00 
Room HS 220 (Main Building)
Etiénne Balibar - University of California Irvine
Commonality vs. Individuality: An Ethical Dilemma?

24 March
9.30 - 12.00, Room A-119  UniS
Etiénne Balibar - University of California Irvine
Commonality vs. Individuality: An Ethical Dilemma? Workshop (for advanced MA & Ph.D. students; registration required)

20 May
Professor Paul Strohm - Anna S. Garbedian Professor Emeritus of the Humanities, Columbia University
Writing Chaucer's Lives