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Transition from Old to New 60-ECTS Program in English (Specialization: None)

Disclaimer: The applicable legal regulations can be found in the framework ordinance (Rahmenverordnung) and the program regulation (Studienordnung) for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The information below is for illustrative purposes only and should be regarded as a recommendation. In case of any contradictions between this document and the legal regulations or between the German version and a translation, only the legal regulations or the German version, respectively, have legal bearing.

The Basics

If you were enrolled in the old 60-ECTS Bachelor program in English Literature and Linguistics (without specialization) in the spring 2019, you are automatically moved into the new 60-ECTS Bachelor program.

We recommend that you follow the guidelines below. This will help you ensure that you meet all the requirements of the Studienordnung, and that the transition does not cause any problems.

In addition, we have prepared a PDF checklist (PDF, 132 KB) that you can use to double-check whether or not you have fulfilled the requirements of our recommended transitional guidelines for the new 60-ECTS program.

Note: These transition guidelines do not apply to students who started their studies in the fall 2019 or later. In such cases, the regulations for the new 60-ECTS program apply.


Please read these recommended guidelines carefully. They will help you avoid potential problems arising from the Bologna 2020 reform.


Modules Intended for Beginners

The three modules from the module group "Introduction to English Literature and Linguistics" should be taken at the very beginning of one's studies.

In addition, some modules listed under "Electives " may also be suitable. (Details are indicated below.)

Introduction to English Literature and Linguistics (28-30 ECTS)

  • complete either "Introduction to Linguistics" (old, 8 ECTS) or "Introduction to English Linguistics" (new, 9 ECTS).
  • complete either "English Literature: Textual Analysis" (old, 8 ECTS) or "English Literature: Textual Analysis" (new, 9 ECTS).
  • complete "Language Skills and Culture: Introduction" (old or new, 12 ECTS)

Note: "Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology" will no longer be required. However, students who have already completed the module can of course count the 2 ECTS points as an elective (see below).


Modules Intended for Advanced Students

The modules listed below are intended for advanced students (i.e. students who have completed all the modules from the module group "Introduction to English Literature and Linguistics").

English Literature (6 ECTS)

  • complete both "History of Literature in English" and "Reading List: English Literature" (old, 3 ECTS + 3 ECTS) or "Literature in Context: History and Theory" (new, 6 ECTS)

Note: If you have already completed "History of Literature in English" but not "Reading List: English Literature" (or vice versa), then please contact the Advisor of Studies for information on how to proceed.

English Linguistics (9-12 ECTS)

  • complete either "History of the English Language" (old, 9 ECTS) or both "History of the English Language 1: Focus on Old English" and "History of the English Language 2: Focus on Middle English" (new, 2 x 6 ECTS)

Language Skills and Culture (3-6 ECTS)

  • complete either "Language Skills and Culture: Advanced, Part I" (3 ECTS) or "Writing Skills and Media Analysis" (new, 6 ECTS)

Electives (6-14 ECTS)

The number of points needed from elective modules is max. 14 ECTS, min. 6 ECTS.

The following is how you calculate the exact number of points needed in your case:

  • max. number of ECTS needed: 14
  • if you've done the new "Introduction to English Linguistics" (9 ECTS): - 1
  • if you've done the new "English Literature: Textual Analysis" (9 ECTS): - 1
  • if you've done the two new "History of the English Language" modules (2 x 6 ECTS): - 3
  • if you've done the new "Writing Skills and Media Analysis" (6 ECTS): - 3
  • actual number of ECTS needed: ___



Special Cases

Please contact the Advisor of Studies if any of the following applies to you:

  • You have transferred ECTS points from other universities to UZH.
  • You had previously transferred to this UZH Bachelor program from one of the older UZH Lizenziat programs.
  • You have completed "History of Literature in English" but not "Reading List: English Literature" (or vice versa).

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