Ranked among the world’s top ten cities for the best quality of life, Bern is a great place for following a degree abroad. Follow the path of Albert Einstein, as the illuminous scientists worked on his theory of relativity in this city. Bern has been drawing thousands of international students, as the top universities here focus on outstanding research projects with a great impact in real life and meant to overcome global challenges. Bern is the capital of Switzerland, lying on the Swiss plateau in the Canton of Bern. The Swiss call this city Bundesstadt, or "federal city".
Bern has a stable and prosperous economy. The main industries supporting Bern’s growth are: agriculture, manufacturing, mining, construction, insurance and finance, health care.
Names of important companies in Bern are: Swisscom, La Poste, Galenica, La Mobilière, eBay, Swiss Federal Railways, Alcon, Swatch, Breitling, Ericsson, Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
Any international student looking for an internship opportunity can choose from several offers available in local companies, either based in Switzerland, or a multinational company.
Explore Bern in your spare time and discover the city’s unique charm, especially around the historic old town in the centre, area which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Important attractions in Bern are:
Check out the Rose Garden (Rosengarten), a Rosarium located on a hill, today transformed into a park, offering you nice views of the medieval town centre. Gurten is a splendid hill just outside the city where you can also admire landscapes of the whole city and another natural, relaxing spot is the Bear Park (bear is the emblem of Bern).
Bern has one of the longest covered shopping promenades in Europe so you can wander around many fashion stores.
If you feel like seeing a play, go to Bern Theatre or Tojo Theatre among the theatres you can find here.
At night, you can choose from many cafes, trendy night clubs and fancy bars and simply relax and have fun.
Anytime you feel the need to change the scenery, take trips to Zurich and Basel – around an hour away by train, or to Geneva – about two hours away.
Apart from the international student population, Bern counts several foreign residents: Germans, Italians, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Macedonians.
The whole Switzerland is rated as one of the most attractive countries for doing business in the world and Bern makes no exception. With a relaxed attitude towards foreign investment, many international entrepreneurs, including multinational managers are attracted to Bern due to the economic and political stability, efficient capital markets, highly skilled labour force and high quality of life.
In Bern you will experience mild winters, but with significant amounts of snow, and the summers are moderately warm. Daily mean temperatures in December – January are around 0 °C (31 °F) and in the summer they ranges between 16 and 18 °C (60 – 64 °F). June and July are the wettest months, recording many rainfalls.
The main accommodation choices in Bern are:
1. Student residence halls – between 550 and 800 EUR/month.
2. Share a flat – around 800 EUR/month for one person.
3. Hostel – starting from 38 EUR/night for a private room.
Bern is a somewhat expensive city to live in. The monthly allowance for an average student would range between 980 and 1,530 EUR (including accommodation, food bills, social activities and public transportation).
Food bills from local supermarkets would lead to around 270 EUR/month. A bus or metro pass for students costs around 40 EUR/month. Check restaurants, libraries, museums and stores that have contracts with ISIC and use the ISIC card in these places to benefit of significant discounts.
Anyone who studies at Bern University of Applied Sciences can do so in an interdisciplinary way and in an international context, without setting foot outside the University: within its six departments, a range of subjects as varied as nursing, food technology and sports are taught. It is also a meeting point for students from many diverse countries.
The University of Bern offers top quality across the board: it enjoys special recognition in leading-edge disciplines, is reputed for the excellent quality of its teaching, offers a delightful setting, and a campus environment intimately linked to the social, economic and political life of the city.
At the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, the goal is focusing on application at a consistently high level, therfore aiming to achieve excellence in all aspects of the mandate: teaching, research and development, continuing education, consulting and services.
The World Trade Institute is a leading academic institution dedicated to graduate-level education and research on international trade regulation and investment. As a centre for excellence of the University of Bern, we explore the interconnections between the fields of law, economics and political science.