A word (or two) of welcome from the Head of Department
With some 1300 students of English as a main or subsidiary subject, the English Department of the University of Zurich has the highest number of students of English Studies in Switzerland and is one of the larger departments in the German-speaking part of Europe. With a history of nearly 125 years (English Language and Literature has been taught in Zurich as early as 1889), we are proud to offer a broad range of courses in the two sub-disciplines of English Literature and English Linguistics (including mediaeval literature). The department has eight professorships (four in each field) and a total staff of over 50. We offer BA, MA and PhD programmes and are committed to high standards in research and teaching, among others evidenced by the fact that our students are regularly awarded the faculty’s semester prizes for best papers. We cooperate with other Swiss universities and have a strong commitment to international collaboration; according to the recent CHE Hochschulranking, we are in the top group in the categories “international focus” and “PhDs per professor”. Our course programmes are carefully designed to guide students through a quick and efficient programme while also offering a range of courses for further specialisation and general interest.
I hope you will make Zurich your top choice of English Studies and it is my pleasure to welcome you here.
Head of the English Department