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: 4th week of February - 1st week of June


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.

Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction

German or English (except 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 www.daf.unibe.ch

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 www.vbsl.ch
Studentenresidenz Stöckacker: Information and online application form available at www.studentenresidenz.ch

More student residences and further information on accommodation can be found at www.incoming-accommodation.unibe.ch

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

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.

Credits and grading

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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 Officer at the Faculty of Science is Liesbeth Achterberg.

Our open office hours are cancelled until further notice. However, you can e-mail us, via science.internationaloffice@uu.nl, or call via Microsoft Teams. You will then have to use the personal e-mail address e.h.achterberg@uu.nl

More information

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