Department of English & American Studies

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Welcome to the Department of English & American Studies!

Whatever your degree interests, with us you’re sure to find exciting, challenging and flexible course options: from sociolinguistics to British, American, colonial and postcolonial Anglophone literatures and cultures; from second language acquisition and psycholinguistics to poetry, discourse/multimodal linguistics and multi-media research, film, feminist and queer studies; from opportunities for independent study to project internships and English language teaching. In research and teaching, we balance inventive and traditional methodologies, new and old media, close reading and big data, small seminars and large digital conferences.

Our faculty and graduate students enjoy national and international reputations in these areas, and we boast many prestigious fellowships, third party funding and research/teaching awards. Graduates of our B.A. and M.A. programs find successful careers in the civil service, teaching, technical and literary translation, academic publishing/editing, text and information design, linguistic and cultural mediation/consulting for the media, advertising, public relations, commerce, tourism, cultural institutes and NGOs, as well as speech and language therapy. There are also various options for going on to advanced studies in English.

Head of Department: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ralph Poole
Deputy Head of Department: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hartmut Stöckl

Central Office: Adrienn Freund
Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1, 5020 Salzburg
Tel: +43 (0)662 8044-4400, E-Mail:

Introductory information for first-year students (videos):

Studying English at the University of Salzburg (Simone Pfenninger)
Training programme for the subject of English (Markus Oppolzer)
 Placement Test and Language Skills Program (Martin Kaltenbacher)

Information for first-year students

Student Representation


All current counselling and especially appointment options for first-semester counselling can be found at: No registration is necessary for general counselling.

Services offered:
Advice on studying and student life, brunches, events for students, laminating machine, international BluRay/DVD player, dictionaries and thesauri, free coffee, lighters.