Universität Bern is an exchange destination for Utrecht University School of Law students in Bern, Switzerland.


Student experiences

There are currently no student experiences available.    


General information for Exchange students 
The Swiss Programme for Erasmus+ for higher education is called Swiss-European Mobility Programme SEMP.

Course catalogue

Faculty of Law

ESN Bern


PowerPoint Presentation about University of Bern

Academic calendar

Semester I (Fall Semester): September - December
Semester II (Spring Semester):  February - June

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2020 Lectures: 14/09/2020 – 18/12/2020 Exams: There is no fixed exam period. Exams often take place after the lecture period (i.e. January) 

Spring Semester 2021 Lectures: 22/02/2021 – 04/06/2021 Exams: There is no fixed exam period. Exams often take place after the lecture period (i.e. June)

Introduction Week 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.

Language of instruction

German and English (Most classes in English are at Master level)

Language of Instruction: German or English (except language departments). Students should have sufficient proficiency in German and/or English to be able to follow lectures and write exams (level B2 CEFR, level C1 for courses at the English Department). The language of instruction is mentioned in the course catalogue. Most classes in English are at Master level.

Language Courses: 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. All German courses are free of charge. For more information, please see www.daf.unibe.ch.

Areas of study open for exchange students


Courses at Master level


Estimated living costs per month

For your living expenses in Switzerland you must allow for at least CHF 1’500 per month.

More information   

This information is subject to change. It is meant to be an indication. Costs may differ due to personal circumstances. 



Normal study load per semester: 30 ECTS

UU board of Examiners


Number of places available

2 places per year; 2 students for a semester or 1 student for a full year.

Additional information

Funding through Swiss-European Mobility Programme rather than through Erasmus+.

Please note that our regular as well as exchange students are entitled to take classes and sit exams at the nearby universities of Neuchâtel and Fribourg within the scope of the so-called BeNeFri programme. BeNeFri is a network made up of the universities of Bern, Neuchâtel and Fribourg that allows students to attend lessons at different universities. Note that Fribourg is bilingual French–German and Neuchâtel is a French-speaking University however both offer also a few English lectures per term. The programme has a compensation fund for travel costs, so when your student wants to take one or two courses at one of these universities, he/she gets the money back for the train tickets.  Fribourg is only a 20 minutes trip, Neuchâtel a 40 minutes trip by train.

Accomodation: 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 http://www.incoming-accommodation.unibe.ch. Private Accommodation The University of Bern is member of the student-to-student housing platform Housing Anywhere. Room offers are available at www.housinganywhere.com.

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More information

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

Do you have any questions about this partner university or would you like to know more?

Contact the International Exchange Office of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.

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Contact details International Exchange Office

Attention! Due to the developments concerning the corona virus, all of our walk-in hours are cancelled until further notice.

You can reach us at ieo.leg@uu.nl for questions or othe signing of documents. Please mention your UU student number and field of study. 

You will be able to reach us by phone on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1.30 PM to 3 PM +31 (0)30 253 7289.

Vera Noot
non-Europe: Paula Banning
For questions or appointments, please contact the exchange coordinators at ieo.leg@uu.nl

International Exchange Office - Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance
Janskerkhof 3
3512 BK Utrecht
The Netherlands