|Term||App Deadline||Start Date||End Date||Cost|
|Academic Year||April 15||Mid September||End of May||Budget|
|Fall||April 15||Mid September||Late December||Budget|
|Spring||Sep 15||Mid February||End of May||Budget|
- Language of Instruction
- English, French, German
- Foreign Language Requirement
- Class Eligibility
- Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
- Program Open To
- UA Students
- Credit Type
- Transfer Credit
- Level of Study
- Graduate, Undergraduate
- Housing Options
- Program Type
The University of Bern is a comprehensive university with 8 faculties and about 17,500 students. All study fields except Medicine and Veterinary Medicine are open to exchange students. 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 buildings are all within walking distance from the historic city center. The campus provides modern workspaces with top infrastructure.
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 17,500 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.
Here's a number of undergraduate courses taught in English:
- Biology: Cell Biology, Ecology & Evolution, and Plant Sciences
- Business & Economics
- Social Anthropology
** For course catalog, please visit this webpage.
Bern, Switzerland’s capital, is located in the middle of the country, close to the French-German language border. With its beautiful sandstone buildings, Bern’s city center is one of the finest examples of medieval architecture in Europe. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The "Berner Oberland“, offering breathtaking views, magnificent mountains and exciting mountain sports, is just an hour away by train. And since Bern is a relatively small city with a population of only 140,000 it takes a few minutes by bicycle to get out into the beautiful surrounding countryside. The city itself has a lot to offer: countless cafés and bars in the old town, swimming in the Aare river, art shows, plays, concerts etc. Bern is also located very centrally within Europe which makes it easy to reach other European destinations.
More info on Bern, the surroundings area, and activities to do, please visit this webpage.
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.
To learn more about housing, please visit this webpage.
Links of Interest
- Why Bern: good reasons why to choose U of Bern
- University of Bern homepage, and video
- Information for Exchange Students
- Living expenses in Switzerland
- Scholarship (from a private foundation in Switzerland)
- Exchange student network ESN
- University Sports (a variety of sports classes offered at U of Bern, most of them free of charge)
- Things to fo in Bern