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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




Schedule for Freshers’ Day


Friday 11 September, room F021 (Unitobler lecture room, Lerchenweg 36):

Morning: Major Students

10:30 Welcome by Head of Department followed by Counsellors’ welcome and introduction of Study Plan

11:10 First year instructors welcome followed by Students’ Committee welcome

Afternoon: Minor Students

14:30 Counsellors’ welcome and introduction of Study Plan

15:00 First year instructors welcome followed by Students’ Committee welcome

If you have time clashes with other introductions you can also come in the morning as a Minor or in the afternoon as a Major. Some of the information changes but you’ll still catch the most important bits. We’ll be selling some information material at the meeting so please make sure to bring 5 CHF in small change.

Please note that there is no need to register for courses beforehand, with one exception: In order to ensure roughly equal student numbers in the Writing Skills courses, a doodle link for registration will be sent to you by email at the beginning of September. The link will also be available here in due course.


Monday 14 September, 12.15–13.15 (Unitobler, Raum F 002)


Autumn Semester Course Booklet and Timetable Now Available


Course Booklet Autumn 2015

Timetable Autumn 2015


Last updated 13.07.2015

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, 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

Workshop: "Comparative Methods in Literary and Cultural Studies", 09 July- 10 July 2015, with Dr Giorgia Aiello (Leeds) and Dr Betiel Wasihun (Oxford). Registration still possible! (NEW deadline: 24 June)