The foundations of the University of Bern were laid in the 16th century, when the Reformation made it necessary for new priests to be educated in a higher education establishment. In 1805, as part of the reorganization of higher education, the Bern government converted the former School of Theology into an Academy with four faculties.
The university's comprehensive offering includes 8 faculties, some 160 institutes, 60 Bachelor- and 83 Masterprograms, PhD in all disciplines and more than 200 executive programs. Courses include theology, humanities, law, the economic and social sciences, medicine, veterinary medicine and sciences. It’s your option to make various combinations, including across different faculties. Whether you want to combine economics with archaeology or psychology with computer science, you will not be short of choices.
The University of Bern excels in five major areas:
The modern spirit of the University of Bern is at home in a traditional environment. In a central location, new and historical buildings are spread across an entire neighborhood that has nevertheless remained familiar. Regardless of the age of the buildings, we offer a modern infrastructure everywhere.The workplaces can be reached easily and quickly from all over Switzerland on public transport.
Counselling for students and staff on career and personal issues. Study organization: course planning, changing course and subject combination, alternatives to studying, balancing studying and employment, combining studying with family life, financing your studies
Irrespective of whether you are alone or with your partner or family - allow sufficient time to look for a room or apartment. If you come from abroad, we particularly recommend dealing with accommodation several weeks before you arrive (e.g. temporary accommodation, a room in a student residence etc.).Many apartments on offer are not available for occupation immediately due to the period of notice and are only free after a period of 1 to 3 months.The Welcome Center publishes offers accommodation from landlords in Bern and the surrounding area. They do not, however, act as direct intermediaries – please contact the landlords yourself.
Central Library Kramgasse – borrowing and information
The historical building is being converted and renovated. A new two-story reading room with daylight on the lower floor is being created, along with modern exhibition rooms, a special reading room for the historical collections, group workrooms and cafés.
Computer WorkplacesThe IT Services Office at the University of Bern operates a number of computer pool rooms at various locations with workstations for students, who may use the facilities for general work during their studies and research activities. WiFiStudents, staff and guests at the university can use the WiFi network for free.
People in further and continuing education can apply to be exempted from the compulsory health insurance in Switzerland, providing they can prove they are in possession of a comparable foreign health insurance. In the canton of Bern, the application must be submitted in writing to the Office for Social Insurance within three months of your entering Switzerland.
Most of the institutes are located in the Länggasse, a lively student quarter that offers a wide range of places to eat and drink: snack bars, restaurants and cafes are an invitation to wind down. The railway station and city center with an abundance of shops are just a few minutes' walk from the different university buildings.The city of Bern is listed among the cities that offer excellent quality of life in the world. The people of Bern are welcoming and peaceable, and the old town of Bern, nestling in a breath-taking setting surrounded by the Swiss Alps, is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The Swiss capital also has an broad range of cultural activities.
They offer a diverse sports and exercise program for students and staff at the university and the university of teacher education. University Sports organizes guided training sessions, courses, competitions and events, offers advice and provides infrastructure for independent training. University Sports is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Center for Sport and Sport Science as well as other sports infrastructure.
Student UnionThe Student Union of the University of Bern (SUB) represents the concerns and interests of the students of the University of Bern. It is a public law entity based on the University Law of the canton of Bern. Over 90% of students in Bern are SUB members.As well as political representation, the SUB offers the students of the University of Bern a comprehensive and varied range of services and advice, such as jobs, accommodation, free tickets to cultural events, legal and financial advice and help.
It is conducted using the accreditation guidelines set out by the Swiss University Council. Depending on the degree to which a higher education institution meets the requirements, the Swiss Accreditation Council may deem it to be accredited, accredited under the condition that certain conditions be met within a defined time period, or not accredited.
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