Welcome at the Department of Business Administration
This information is provided for exchange students who are planning to attend courses in Business Administration at the University of Bern.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Bern!
Study-Abroad Cycle in 6 steps:
Step 1 : Apply at your home university
Application at your home university:
Follow the Erasmus application procedure of your home university.
Step 2 : Apply at the university of Berne
Application at the University of Bern:
Once you have been accepted as an Erasmus student by your home university
- fill in our online application form
- have it signed by your Erasmus subject coordinator and
- upload it in the mobility online platform.
Deadline: 30 April for the autumn term and 30 September for the spring term
Step 3 : Prepare your stay
Preparation of your stay:
In April, International Relations will send you
- an email confirming your application as an Erasmus student and your request for an Erasmus grant.
In June, International Relations will inform you
- about your grant,
- on how to find an accommodation,
- which language courses are offered,
- on further legal requirements (health insurance, visa).
Step 4 : When you arrive in Berne
Arrival at Bern:
- A Bernese student will be assigned to you as your personalmentor. Your mentor will pick you up at your arrival in Bern and will assist you with your first steps in Switzerland.
- International Relations offer an orientation week for all Erasmus incoming students. During the orientation week, you must register at International Relations.
- At an informative meeting during the first week of the semester, you will meet your Erasmus subject coordinator who will give you further information on your studies in Bern.
Step 5 : Submit your learning agreement
You are responsible for your study program. In order to get your courses recognized by your home university, we advise you to complete the Learning Agreement (PDF, 60KB):
- Fill in the courses you plan to attend.
- Have the learning agreement signed by the Erasmus subject coordinator.
- Deliver the learning agreement to International Relations who will pass it to your home university.
Step 6 : Exams and transcript of records
Exams and transcript of records:
- Find out when your exams will take place. Ask the lecturers if it is possible to take an oral exam instead of a written one, or if you can take the exam in English language instead of in German (in case you wish to). Check whether you can stay in your accommodation as long as needed.
- Register for your exams. Ask the lecturers how to register for their exams.
- At the end of the semester fill in the "Pruefungsmeldeblatt (xls, 54KB)". Please fill in only exams which you will actually take. Please fill in your home address in your home country.
- Pass the "Prüfungsmeldeblatt" to the Faculty office (Dekanat, email@example.com). The Faculty office will collect your grades for all exams filled into the "Prüfungsmeldeblatt". As soon as all these grades are available, the Faculty office will issue your transcript of records and send it to the home address you have indicated on the "Prüfungsmeldeblatt".
Organiziation of Studies
Languages of instruction
Types of courses
There are mainly three types of courses:
- Lecture ("Vorlesung"): Presentation of material in a theoretical way. Examination: usually written.
- Tutorial ("Übung"): Usually refering to a specific lecture, presentation of examples related to the material covered in this lecture. Examination: together with this lecture.
- Seminar ("Proseminar"/"Seminar"): Self-dependent treatment of a given subject. Examination: seminar paper and/or talk.
Sometimes, lectures and tutorials are held in an integrated way. Note that you do not have to register for courses except for seminars.
- Type of examination: The type of examination depends on the specific course (cf. types of course). However, most courses are examined by a written exam.
- Registration: You have to register for exams. Please ask the lecturers of the courses you attend how to register for their courses.
- Dates: Exams usually take place as follows:
- Autumn semester, 1st trial: second week of January
- Autumn semester, 2nd trial: last week before courses restart in spring semester
- Spring semester, 1st trial: first week after courses have finished
- Spring semester, 2nd trial: last week before courses restart in autumn semester
Note that you are not registered automatically for the 2nd trial in case you fail the 1st trial
Courses in Business Administration
You can find detailed information on courses in Business Administration on the following websites:
Courses in English
Courses in Business Administration and in Economics thaught in English.