International – Business School

International Office

The International Office works to promote internationalisation within the BFH Business School. It also endeavours to promote the skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse society  including cultural awareness, broadening perspectives and developing intellectual curiosity. Thus, offering a range of different activities and programmes which support mobility and research opportunities for students and employees in their academic pursuits.

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Mission and Values

The mission and vision of the International Office are carried out through the following activities:

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with universities abroad.
  • Providing information on exchange and mobility programmes for students, faculty and staff.
  • Facilitating the integration of international students.
  • Planning and organising international events.
  • Enhancing the university’s international image. 


Prof. Jacqueline Bürki

Head of International Office & Academic Advisor

T +41 31 848 44 13



Prof. Daniel Foord

Double Degree Project Coordinator

T +41 31 848 44 14



Sabine Schneuwly

Outgoing Mobility & Double Degree Coordinator

T +41 31 848 44 07



Selina Gurtner

Academic Advisor & Partner Management 

T +41 31 848 44 78



Michaela Rodriguez Garnica

Incoming Mobility Coordinator

T +41 31 848 44 46



Lynn Scholtes

Marketing, Communications & Staff Mobility Coordinator

T +41 31 848 34 85



Simon Hamod

Student Assistant




International Office Mascot


Room: Access Point (former libary)

Opening Hours
Monday – Friday
08h00 – 16h00 

Wednesday closed at 12h30

Saturday- Sunday closed

Head of International Office


Mobility allows students, lecturers and staff to gain valuable insights into different cultures, study- and work environments.

If you are interested in completing an exchange period at the BFH Business School, consult our Mobility Factsheet for further information.

How to Apply

Contact your Erasmus/Exchange co-ordinator and request to be nominated. Once we receive the official nomination, we will contact you to complete to complete the online application.

Nomination Deadlines

for the autumn semester:  30 March
for the spring semester:  30 September

Application Deadlines

for the autumn semester:  15 April
for the spring semester:  15 October

Required Documents

To submit the online application successfully, you will need to upload following documents:

  • Photo (JPG-format, coloured, min. 196 x 245 Pixel)
  • Copy of your Passport
  • Transcript of Records of past semesters at your home university
  • Confirmation of English language skills (strong B2 level or higher)

Learning Agreement

We require all exchange students to complete a learning agreement stating your choice of modules. Your module selection must be approved by your home university.

Selecting Modules

These are all the modules available for exchange students

Please note, that acceptance of your application does not guarantee acceptance into particular modules listed on your application.

Are you looking for a challenge? Studying abroad will definitely be enriching and offers you a unique experience. It is a fantastic opportunity to develop new skills, in and out of university, and to meet new people from all over the world.

Once a semester we host a Study Abroad Fair, where students have the possibility to inform themselves about all their exchange possibilities.

For more information please read the Study Abroad Guide and have a look at the wide range of partners.


Faculty and staff have the opportunity to undertake staff training or lecturing at a university or business in an Erasmus Programme country. The goal of such stays is to gain insight into the partner institution, whilst developing oneself professionally. The exchange should also serve to deepen the cooperation between the two universities. Grants are provided through the Swiss European Mobility Programme. Please contact the InternationalOffice for further information.

Euraxess Service Center at Bern University of Applied Sciences

The Welcome Center is BFH’s Euraxess Service Center and part of the Euraxess Network for mobile researchers, which is represented in 40 countries across Europe. You can also access comprehensive information from Euraxess Switzerland on topics as diverse as entry conditions for Switzerland, your first day at work, research and family.

Double Degree Programme

Get a degree from two universities

Study your last year at BFH and get a degree from two universities! This not only enhances your employability prospects but provides you with the opportunity to work and learn in an international environment. Consult the Double Degree Incoming Brochure for further Information or contact our Incoming Mobility & Double Degree Coordinator.

At Bachelor level, a Double Degree Programme involves studying towards two university degrees in parallel and completing them in the time that it would take to earn one degree. Within our MSc Business Administration Programme, students may add one additional semester at the partner university to graduate with two diplomas. 

Students that benefit from our Double Degree Programmes will not only be granted degrees from two different universities, but also acquire deeper experience of multicultural studying and business environments, better cross-cultural communication and language skills, wider professional partner networks, new opportunities for further education as well as stronger competitive advantages in the European job markets. 

For further information, please have a look at our Double Degree Handbook for outgoing students or contact our Outgoing Mobility & Double Degree Coordinator.  

Our Double Degree Partners:

University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

HAMK Häme University op Applied Sciences, Finland

LNU Linnaeus University, Sweden

HEG Arc, Switzerland

Karel de Grote University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Belgium

Thomas More, Belgium

YEEP Summer School

The Young Entrepreneur Exchange Project (YEEP) is a unique opportunity for students who want to gain first, real-world experience with the delights and challenges of working in an intercultural team in an emerging economy.

Entrepreneurship is an indispensable principle, that develops self-determined individuals and fosters a dynamic economy and social development. Increasing entrepreneurial thinking, capability-building and intercultural learning is one of the main goals of YEEP.

The BFH Business School is once again co-hosting YEEP with Parul University, Gujarat India from 11 - 24 July 2021

Participants from BFH and other partner universities will join teams of entrepreneurial Indian students who are working on their startup ideas. They will be supported by the Business Incubation Center of their University and intend to realize their business idea after graduation.

This project gives you the unusual opportunity to experience an emerging country with its vibrant culture and economy not like an observing tourist, but from “inside”, doing relevant work and connecting with young people working on real business projects.

The YEEP Summer School costs €350, this fee includes:

  • Tuition and coaching
  • Expert speakers on various themes on Indian culture 
  • Industry visits
  • Cultural excursions in Gujarat State
  • Coffee and lunches on Campus and 3 dinners at Multi-Cuisine Indian Restaurants
  • Shuttle service – from recommended hotels to campus

Module Credits: 3 ECTS

CGC Points: 15

Questions? Send an email to

YEEP aims at providing students with hands on experience in the development of new businesses or entrepreneurial ventures in an emerging economy. The second main focus is providing them with the opportunity to work together with team members from distinctly different cultures.

The programme will focus on the following:  

  • Purpose, content, and key success factors of a business concept / business plan
  • Process of business concept development / business plan writing from the perspective of an entrepreneur
  • Alignment of a business concept / business plan to the typical expectations of investors
  • Application of the relevant methods of strategic management and business modeling
  • Understanding how the social, cultural, academic, business environment and market conditions can differ in other parts of the world
  • Establishing relationships across cultural borders in face-to-face interactions
  • Developing strategies in order to function successfully in challenging and unusual environments
  • Reflecting on one's intercultural competency and learning how to adjust appropriately to new situations and tasks Please consult the full module description as to assessment criteria.


Please submit your application by 5 March 2021 !


Video gallery

YEEP 2018

YEEP 2017

Certificate of Global Competence

The Certificate of Global Competence is a BFH add-on certificate which acknowledges the acquisition of intercultural and transcultural competences.

Testimonial of a Graduate

The Social Work graduate Alexander Post received the "Certificate of Global Competence" during his studies. This is now proving helpful in his work with Social Services, where he often comes into contact with different cultures. 

The certificate is available to all Bachelor or Master students, as long as they include it early enough in their study plan. 

You achieve portfolio points rather than credits for the Certificate of Global Competence.  

To obtain the certificate you need to create a personal Portfolio of Global Competence. The portfolio comprises 100 points based on the following four components:

  • Knowledge (30 Points)
    You gain specific skills such as the ability to use conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches to analyse cultural aspects which enable you to operate professionally in international and transcultural contexts. 

  • Activities & Engagement (30 Points) 
    You expand your personal and professional horizons through intercultural and transcultural networking and participating in specialist international forums.

  • Language (20 Points)
    Acquiring foreign languages enables you to handle language diversity with sensitivity and actively participate in professional discourse in international contexts.

  • Personal Reflection Report (20 Points)
    Based on an encounter you had, you reflect on your experience and apply the theoretical knowledge you have gained.

CGC Portfolio

Project Days

The Project Day is a project management simulation, where mixed student teams from the BFH Business School and Häme University of Applied Sciences, Finland, manage a project together.

Students plan and execute an international project in teams consisting of members based in each participating country. 
Typical challenges students face:

  • Managing an international team in a virtual environment
  • Making decisions in a stress situation
  • Controlling the costs, the schedule, the quality and the motivation of their team
  • Communicating and coordinating with their team members whom they don’t see face-to-face

The Project Day has been a very successful event, since 2012, as it strengthens the international co-operation of the involved universities and intensifies the students' intercultural competencies. 

Student Life at BFH

Studying abroad means leaving your family and friends for a while. That is why we would like to support you as much as possible. Have a look at the services on offer to make your stay in Bern and at the Business School a memorable experience.

It is mandatory for all international students to attend the Welcome Week. This orientation event offers you a great opportunity to settle in to Switzerland and learn more about university life before studies start. During this week you’ll be able to find out essential information, make new friends, meet members of staff and find your way around the university and local area.

We have an International Family Mentor Programme (IFMP) for foreign students. Each exchange and international degree student will be assigned to a so-called “International Family”. These groups consist of two mentors and approximately four international students. The mentors help international students in their “family” to become familiarized with the BFH, the city of Bern, the Swiss culture and assist them through the first weeks in the new surroundings.

Prior to departure, each student will receive an e-mail with the name and contact information of the international family members. It is important that you get in touch with the mentors to provide them with information about arrival.

ESN is an organisation which provides Swiss Mobility Programme/Erasmus students staying in Bern with a multifaceted semester programme. Be it karaoke parties, international dinners, trips to the Ticino, speed dating evenings or visits of a chocolate factory: there is something for every student from abroad. Check out the latest semester programme on this website and register for one of the trips.

The International Relations Office provides further information about living in Switzerland with regards to:
•    Entry
•    Residence permit
•    Insurance
•    Languages 
•    Accommodation
•    Costs
•    Working