Universität Bern is an exchange destination for Utrecht University students of the faculty of Geosciences in Bern, Switzerland.
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The academic year lasts from August 1 to July 31 of the following year. It is divided into two semesters.
Fall semester: August 1 through January 31
Spring semester: February 1 through July 31
Lecture times for all degree programs (apart from Medicine)
Fall semester: Calendar week 38 to 51 (mid-September to Christmas)
Spring semester: Calendar week 8 to 22 (mid-February to end of May)
Since most course are taught in German, a proficient level of German is required.
Most courses are in German.
Yes, see: Accomodation.
For your stay in Switzerland, you need at least CHF 1,500 a month for accommodation and food. See the information below for costs in more detail:
|Accommodation (potential additional costs: telephone, internet, Billag*)||620 - 800 CHF|
|Health / medical insurance||180 - 400 CHF|
|Food, household goods||400 - 500 CHF|
|Public transport||100 CHF|
|Course material||100 CHF|
|Miscellaneous||100 - 300 CHF|
|TOTAL||1,500 - 2,200 CHF|
* Every household in Switzerland is obligated to register their receiving devices and pay the radio and television fees. Your fees contribute to the public service offered by radio and television broadcasting in Switzerland. You have to register your receiving devices with Billag even if you pay for cable TV in your ancillary costs. Detailed information are available on the Billag web site.
The standard unit of study is the semester. The normal load of a semester is 30 credits. The convention of 30 credits/semester was chosen to adjust to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The credits assess the normal volume of a student's work.
2 places per year.
For questions about study abroad not answered on this site, you can seek assistance from the International Office Geosciences (about language proficiency, finances, motivation etc.). For questions about study plans and exam regulations, please contact your study advisor.
The International Office is open and can be reached by telephone on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10:30 - 11:30 and 12:30 - 14:30 (or by appointment).