Following are some of the best English departments in the world:
University of California, Berkeley (USA) - The Berkeley English Department is home to the country's finest English scholars and students. The English Ph.D. program has been ranked the top graduate English program in the country, according to the 2010 guide to "America's Best Colleges" by the U.S. News and World Report.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) - It is consistently ranked among the 20 best English departments in the nation. The Graduate Program in English offers course work leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature or Writing Studies, as well as coursework leading to the MFA in Creative Writing.
University of Pittsburgh (USA) - The Department of English is at the forefront of innovation and excellence in English studies. The English MFA and PhD programs are consistently ranked among the very best in the country. The PhD program was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of seven participants in the Carnegie Initiative on the Doctorate, a multi-year project designed to rethink the nature of doctoral education in the United States.
University of Warwick (UK) - The Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies is consistently ranked in the top 5 English departments in the UK. Students have the opportunity to spend their second year of study abroad at prestigious institutions such as the University of California or the University of Connecticut.
University College London (UK) - UCL’s English Department has been a pioneer in the study of English language and English literature. The Department was ranked 2nd for English in the Independent Complete University Guide 2010-11, 3rd for English in the Times Good University Guide 2010 and in the Guardian University Guide 2010.
University of Otago (New Zealand) - The Department of English at the University of Otago has a distinguished record of teaching and research. It was ranked the top English Department in the country in the national evaluation of research activity.
* Suggested Reading: Top UK Universities for English
World of University Ranking and League Table
In UK there are some university league tables published every year by The Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. In Australia the Good Universities Guide rating is a very useful handbook for anyone choosing a tertiary institution. For more information please see University Ranking by Country.