Universität Bern

Universität Bern
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
Academic YearApril 15Mid SeptemberEarly JuneBudget
FallApril 15Mid SeptemberMid DecemberBudget
SpringOct 15Early JuneBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • Language of Instruction
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • Yes
  • Class Eligibility
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Level of Study
  • Housing Options
  • Program Type
  • Exchange
Program Overview

Located in the Swiss capital of Bern, the University is home to over 12,000 students. Courses are offered across 150 institutes and departments including Law, Business and Social Science, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, History, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Theology. Most undergraduate courses are in German; 3-4 semesters of college level German are required. Many graduate programs are in English. Students live in reasonably-priced residence halls or can arrange own accommodations.


The University of Bern ranks among the world’s leading universities for its interdisciplinary climate and research and first-class university hospital. The historic roots of the University go back to 1528. Over the years the population has expanded into 12,000 students with a campus of 150 institutes and departments. Part of the remodeling expansion included the former Tobler chocolate factory, which is now a study center of social sciences and humanities. The eight faculties of Bern include Theology, Law, Business and Social Science, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, History, Humanities, and Natural Sciences. There are also opportunities to study through programs in the nearby cities of Neuchatel and Fribourg through the BeNeFri alliance. Most programs are offered in German, with some programs or courses in English. There are some 1-2 week intensive pre-semester language courses as well as German courses available in the semester.

Departments with some graduate level courses in English:

Climate Sciences
Creative Writing
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Economics and Business
English Literature


Switzerland is located at the heart of Western Europe. Each linguistic region – German, French, Italian and Romansch – is deeply influenced by its respective culture. The Jura mountain range in the northern part, the low-lying plains of Mittelland and the Alps to the south provide fascinating sceneries well worth exploring. Few people are aware that Switzerland boasts the highest per-capita average of Nobel Prizes and that it ranks third among the world’s top research nations.

Bern, the Swiss capital, has approximately 125,000 inhabitants and is located near the border between the German and French linguistic regions. The city is a mixture of old and new, dating back to 1191. Its central location makes Bern a perfect starting-point for winter and summer excursions into the Alps and the Bernese Oberland.


The residence halls have reasonable-priced rooms for students. There are also opportunities to arrange private accommodation or share apartments. The cost of living is relatively high in Switzerland. Students should plan to spend approximately $1,000 per month.

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