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    Universität Bern - ISEP Exchange only  
    (Exchange Program)
    Bern, Switzerland
    Program Terms: ISEP Academic Year,
    ISEP Fall,
    ISEP Full Year,
    ISEP Spring
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    Fact Sheet:
     Subject: Anthropology, Archaeology, Arts, Arts-Art History, Astronomy, Atmosphere/Earth Science, Biology, Business, Business-Accounting, Business-Finance, Business-Information Systems, Business-International, Business-Management, Business-Marketing, Chemistry, Communications, Drama, Economics, Education, Educational Psychology, English, Environmental Science, Geography, History, Humanities, Languages, Languages-Linguistics, Law, Literature, Mathematics, Medicine-Veterinary, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Theology, Tourism and Recreation  Languages of Instruction: English, German
     Eligibility: Undergraduate  Terms: Academic Year, Full Year, Semester 1, Semester 2
    Click here for a definition of this term ISEP Program: Yes  ISEP Enrollment type: Exchange
     Minimum GPA: 2.75
    Program Description:


    Study economics, politics, and the humanities in the exciting Swiss capital of Bern, where many international businesses and companies have made their home! This fourth most populous city in Switzerland offers both modern advances and opportunities for growth, surrounded by the natural beauty that Switzerland is known for. In 1983 the historic old town in the center of Bern became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Bern is ranked among the world’s top ten cities for the best quality of life. Come find out why!

    The city of Bern, founded in 1191, is one of the most splendid examples of medieval town architecture in Europe. UNESCO has placed Bern on its list of World Cultural Heritage sites. The city is safe and attracts young people with its many bars, restaurants and theaters. Einstein developed his theory of relativity while living in Bern, and the largest collection of Paul Klee works is housed in town. The city is green and offers a variety of outdoor activities, including skiing in winter, and swimming in the Aare River and various city swimming pools. Bern is the capital of Switzerland, and is situated in the center of the country and Europe. Zurich, Basel, Lausanne, and the Bernese Swiss Alps are within an hour by train; Paris and Milan within 3 to 4 hours' journey.

    Undergraduate, Graduate Academic year or semester exchanges

     ISEP-Exchange for International students. 
     ISEP-Exchange for US students. 

    ISEP-Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
    ISEP-Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent.
    For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

    Academic year: mid September to late May 
    Semester 1: September to December or January (some exams will take place in January and February) 
    Semester 2: mid-February to late May (some exams will take place in June)

    Bern, Switzerland (pop. 160,000) 
    Student Enrollment: 14,300
    Language of instruction: German, some English
    Course Catalogue (in German)
    Information for ISEP Students in Englishcrack
    Information for ISEP Students in German

    Full year or semseter enrollment in regular university courses: Faculties of Economics and Social Science (business [accounting, financial management, information systems, management, marketing, organization & human resources management], economics [econometrics, empirical economics, leisure time & tourism, macro- & micro-economics, social policy, theory], social sciences [mass communication studies, political science, sociology]); Humanities(archaeology & ancient languages [classical archaeology, classical philology, early history & archaeology of the Roman provinces, Near Eastern archaeology & ancient philology], art [art history, musicology, theater studies], cultural studies [cultural anthropology, Islamic & Middle Eastern studies, philosophy, religious studies], history, linguistics & literary studies [English, French, German, Romance languages, Slavic languages, Spanish]); Human Sciences(education, psychology, sport sciences); Law; Theology; Science (astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science & applied mathematics, earth sciences, geography, geological studies, mathematical statistics & actuarial sciences, mathematics, physics [applied, theoretical]).crack

    The following subjects are taught in English: English Language and Literature and Masters level courses in Business Administration (Business Management). Most Masters programs in the natural sciences and many Masters-level courses in Anthropology and Transnationalism of the States Program are offered in English. Some courses in the Political and Economic Philosophy Program are conducted in English on demand. Parts of the Latin America Master program are conducted in Spanish.

    For Courses in English, please click here and then click on "Lectures in English" on the right-hand side of the page. 

    Courses are available at graduate level in Theology, Law, Business, Philosophy, History,. Sciences, and Sports. Courses in English are available in Business, Economics, Biological sciences, English and Literature, Chemistry, Geology and Computer Science. Some courses may be available to upper level undergraduates, provided they meet pre-requisites.

    ISEP participants are welcome to take courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
    Medicine and Verterinary Medicine are closed to ISEP participants.

    If students wish to take only English conducted courses, no German pre-requisite is needed, though is helpful for daily life.

    A mimumun of 4-6 semesters of university-level German or the equivalent must be completed prior to enrolling in full-immersion courses in German. 

    During the semester, students can attend one or two German language courses at intermediate to advanced levels. 

    A 2-week pre-session before SM1 and a 1-week pre-session before SM2 of German integration course is offered before each semester for students at the intermediate or advanced levels. 

    For more information on language advising, see the:
    German Options-at-a-Glance
    German Language Advising Chart

    At least 2/3 of the courses and ECTS credits must be taken in students faculty of enrollment.crack

    Students are housed in residence halls or in private rented rooms and receive a stipend to cover room and board.

    All instructions for travel to the host site will be given to students prior to arrival.

    Students are always advised to arrive during set business hours. During the orientation, students will get an introduction to the University, opportunities to meet with other Exchange students and a campus tour including various institutes, library, sport facilities, and the student union as well as an Official Reception. A city tour for the special needs of students is also offered. 

    Excursions at the end of the Orientation days and further excursions during the terms are also offered for a nominal fee.

    An event and excursion program for exchange students is available for a low cost. The Student Union, the University Big Band, the choir, religious groups, sport teams and many other organizations are open to all students. Sports facilities are excellent and most are free of charge including supervised training in different sports: climbing, skiing, fencing, fitness, swimming, games, dance, and martial arts.
    The University of Bern has modern sports facilities, tennis courts, a swimming pool, interior courts for volleyball, basketball, and other team sports. Students may sign up for a variety of lessons in ballet, dancing, martial arts, fitness, and many more. 
    The sports association schedules trips for hiking, mountain climbing, paragliding, skiing, etc. 

    . Interest Groups and Clubs

    The International Students Club. The University Big Band and Choir are open to ISEP students. You may join a number of student interest groups and clubs: Cultural groups, religious, political, and many more.crack

    The University of Bern offers top quality across the board: it enjoys special recognition in leading-edge disciplines, is reputed for the excellent quality of its teaching and offers a delightful setting. The campus environment is intimately linked to the social, economic and political life of the city - the capital of Switzerland.

    The university’s comprehensive offering includes 8 faculties and some 160 institutes. The university has been founded in 1834. However, some of the institutes date back to the XVIth century. With more than 14,000 students, it is of mid-range size among Swiss universities. Unlike the bigger institutions, it retains a human dimension and a warm and friendly atmosphere.

    Unversity of Bern hosts two Centers of Competence in "Climate Science". The Bern-based National Center of competence "North South" works on Governance and Conflict, Health and Sustainability. Research is also strong in Computer Science and Space Research. Theatre Studies are based in Bern uniquely. In the Humanities three new focal points in research and teaching have been founded in 2008: Center for Cultural Studies, Center for Global Studies and Center for the Study of Language and Society.

    Students of these fields meet first class researchers as their teachers. 



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