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English Department



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




Freshers' Day (Tag des Studienbeginns)

All new students are asked to attend the Freshers' Day event, which will take place on Friday, 12 September 2014.

BA Major students: 10:30-12:00 (room F021, Unitobler)
BA Minor students: 14:30-16:00 (room F021, Unitobler)

Information meeting for new MA students: Monday, 15 September, 1:00-2:00 pm (room F002, Unitobler)

Sample timetables for new students.

Registration for Classes on KSL

Courses will be open for registration as of 15 August.

New students do NOT need to sign up for courses before the beginning of term!



Exam Retake Dates

All Spring Semester 2014 Retakes:
Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014
10:15 & 12:15
F 021 Unitobler

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



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.


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: http://ens.unibe.ch/content/studies/independent_studies/index_eng.html.

with best wishes, your Independent Studies coordinator
Nicole Nyffenegger


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