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Department of English, American, and Celtic Studies

Institut für Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Keltologie der Universität Bonn (IAAK)


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    Dear students,

    We will begin the summer semester in exceptional circumstances. The classrooms and offices where we usually meet to do our work together are closed, and all of us will be dealing with pressures and responsibilities for which we were not prepared: worry about ensuring the basics of existence, increased care for loved ones, and the psychological pressures of extended isolation. Your instructors will be rapidly learning new forms of teaching, and you, in turn, will have to adapt to them. 

    No one has signed up for this. But we are all in it together. Please be assured that your instructors understand the challenge of the situation – indeed, we share it. We are dedicated to teaching you to the best of our abilities, but we also understand that physical and mental health are the priorities right now. The COVID-19 outbreak will require us all to be flexible and pragmatic, and to focus on essentials. 

    At the same time, the literary, historical, and critical texts that we usually study in a physical classroom have a special role to play right now. They will help us focus our attention away from the steady stream of news reports, and offer us valuable perspectives on our current circumstances. 

    Please take care of yourselves, and stay healthy. 


    Practical notes:

    - Until further notice, the beginning of classes has been postponed to 20 April. For more information, see
    - The Prüfungsamt has created a FAQ concerning exams, etc:

    - The Department is concerned about the current situation and is interested in the well-being of students and staff. The library and offices are therefore currently closed. Instructors and other staff are very happy to advise students via email or telephone.

    -Term papers and BA/MA theses: the deadline for the submission of term papers has been extended to 31 May. Please send a PDF-version via email to your instructor and a print-out to your instructor’s department address. Please also email a PDF-version of your BA and MA theses to your supervisor. For new regulations concerning exams, see

    Please let your instructors know if you have limited access to a computer, internet connection, etc., that will affect your ability to do class work or participate in live online meetings. 

    - Research: we are aware that researching papers is difficult at the moment and will adjust our expectations accordingly. Here you can find a manual on how to install the VPN client which allows you to connect to the University network and access various academic journals and texts via the Bonn University and State Library website. 

    - A useful list of academic resources now being made freely available online (often without a library connection) can be found here:




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