University of Bern is an exchange destination in Bern, Switzerland. This destination is specifically for bachelor and master Chemistry students of the Faculty of Science.

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Academic calendar

Semester I: 3rd week of September – 3rd week of December

Semester II: 3rd week of February – 4th week of May


A minimum level of B2 for exchange students, as defined by the CEFR, in the language of instruction (German and/or English).

Areas of study open to exchange students

This partnership is based on a bilateral agreement between Science UU and University of Bern and the Departement of Chemistry. 

Depends also on individual language skills.

Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction

German or English (exept language departments). Students should have sufficient proficiency of German and/or English to be able to follow lectures
and write exams (level B2 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEFR). The language of instruction is mentioned in the course
catalogue. Most classes in English are at Master level.

A German language course for exchange students is offered in the two weeks previous to the semester (at least level A2 CEFR required). Further
German courses are offered during the semester on various levels. Information is available at

Housing assistance

There are several students residences. As the number of rooms is limited an early application is highly recommended.
Students Lodge: Information and online application form available at
Studentenresidenz Stöckacker: Information and online application form available at
Christkatholisches Studentenheim: Information and contact form available at: (Website only in German)
Frohberg – zentral wohnen: Information and contact form avialable at (Website only in German)

The University of Bern is member of the Housing Anywhere student- tostudent housing platform. Room offers are available at

Estimated living costs per month

General information

Living costs approx. 550 francs per month (without room rent). Accommodation: varies from 460-850 francs per month. The University of Bern has a number of student canteens 

Students must allow for a minimum of CHF 1,500 per month to cover living expenses in Switzerland.


The University of Bern uses the European Credit Transfer System ECTS. 1
ECTS credit is equivalent to 25-30 hours’ work (student workload). A full-time
study workload per semester is 30 ECTS. For exchange students a credit
load of 20-25 ECTS is recommended.


Number of places available

2 places per year. Selection was not necessary in the past few years.

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Any questions?

The International Exchange Officers at the Faculty of Science are Liesbeth Achterberg and Kathelijne Schoonackers.


  • Open office hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00-12:00
  • Location: Minnaert building, room 1.17, Leuvenlaan 4, 3584 CE Utrecht
  • For an individual appointment and/or questions send an email to:
  • In case of an urgent matter, phone: 030-2537315

More information

More information about studying abroad: in Dutch and in English.