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Universität Bern is an exchange destination for Utrecht University students of the faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences in Bern, Switzerland.

Academic calendar

Semester I: mid-September – mid-January
Semester II: mid-February  – June

The Introduction Week for exchange students takes place in the week prior to the semester. Participation is compulsory for all exchange students. It includes several welcome and information events, a university tour, a city tour and a day trip.

Areas of study open to exchange students


Language of instruction

German or English.

B2 level in German or English needed.

Housing assistance

There are several students residences. As the number of rooms is limited and 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
www.incoming.unibe.ch - Accommodation

Cost of living

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

Estimated cost of living


Normal study load per term:
In courses: 1 to 6 with a minimum of 4
In credits: 30 ECTS per semester

Number of places available

1 place per year

More information

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

Or contact the International Office:

Bart Weerdenburg, Loes van Velzen, Nicole van der Hoeven - Sneijder

The International office offers information and support for incoming and outgoing exchange students of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Contact us if you have any questions about studying abroad on a temporary basis.


Due to the corona virus, all of our walk-in hours are cancelled until further notice. During office hours, you can still reach us by phone or mail. Please note, between July 16 and August 9, you can only reach us via email. 

E-mail: io.sbs@uu.nl
Tel: +31 (0)30 253 3659 (Mondays to Thursdays, not on Fridays)