Our bachelor’s programme in business information technology provides the perfect blend of formal studies and work experience, preparing you to master the complex challenges awaiting you in your career. This degree also qualifies you for a consecutive master’s degree programme (MSc) or other higher education courses.
Business information technology helps businesses establish information and communications technology (ICT) systems. Business information technology focusses on planning, developing and implementing digital information systems. These systems support digital transformation in businesses and open up new approaches to business operations.
Business information technology requires fundamental knowledge and skills in the areas of both business processes and ICT.
Our degree programme in business information technology enables you to:
grasp complex business ideas and processes using the knowledge gained while studying;
analyse, document and optimise business processes, then design digital information systems based on your findings;
analyse and design IT strategies and business structures;
assess digital technologies and optimise the functionality, quality and efficiency of information systems;
brainstorm, execute and lead projects;
plan IT services, sourcing strategies, support systems or data centres;
evaluate and ensure the availability and security of data and information systems and guarantee data protection;
inform clients and other stakeholders of updates in a concise, clear manner tailored to your audience.
The part-time programme usually last for 4 years or 8 semesters – longer with a lower workload is also possible.
Contact lessons during the first three semesters take place on Thursdays and Fridays (all day) and occasionally on Saturdays until 4pm at the latest. From the 4th semester onwards, attendance depends on the modules you’ve chosen and your specialisation. You should expect approximately 2.5 days of contact lessons.
If you continue to work while studying, there is the opportunity to have your employment credited towards your degree. To receive credits, you will have to demonstrate that you have applied what you have learnt during your course in your job. You can receive a maximum of 12 ECTS credits.
In the age of globalisation and digitalisation, the rapid, successful implementation of IT-based innovations is more important than ever before. Agility plays a key role in meeting these challenges. Organisation, infrastructure and processes must enable continual innovation and adaptation to changing business demands.
Today’s companies and organisations see data as a digital asset that represents a critical foundation for strategic decisions. Students will learn methods for structured data analysis and modelling, data science and machine learning. These methods provide them with the tools they need to analyse, document and visualise data in an efficient, cost-effective and prompt manner.
Specialists who can bridge the gap between business and IT play a central role in the successful development of business applications. With your understanding of the complexity and interconnection of models, how they’re built and adapted, you help guarantee a successful coupling of established, stable systems and agile, adaptive applications.
This specialisation focuses on concepts of corporate sustainability, sustainable demand and the circular economy. This will appeal to students with a prior interest in sustainability as well as those who are new to the topic. In this specialisation, we frame sustainability within the broader context of digitalisation, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Midway through your programme, you may choose to spend one or two semesters at one of our partner universities.
In a double degree programme, you will spend the final year of your degree at a specific partner university. In addition to gaining international experience, you will earn two degrees – from both BFH and our partner university – within the same amount of time typically required to earn just one.
In addition to a degree, you can also acquire our ‘Certificate of Global Competence’. This gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your intercultural competence.
We accompany and support you with a range of services relating to job seeking with our Career Services. Look out for more information when you enrol at the Business School.
Projects + Student theses
There are two major practical components to your studies:
The CASE project. This is your opportunity to put into practice the skills you have acquired while studying.
In your bachelor’s thesis, you will apply the knowledge you have gained to examine and solve a specific practical problem. An academic approach and attention to appropriate methodologies are the cornerstone of this project.
Requirements + Admission
You must fulfil the following prerequisites to be admitted to our business information technology programme:
Our BSc in business information technology is intended primarily for individuals with basic training in business or technical fields.
You will be admitted directly if:
you have completed vocational training and have the Swiss Federal Certificate of Proficiency (EFZ) in a related field or have done a vocational baccalaureate with one year of full-time work experience in a field related to business IT;
you have a baccalaureate with one year of full-time work experience in a field related to business IT;
you have a specialised baccalaureate with one year of full-time work experience in a field related to business IT;
you have earned a professional college qualification and qualified for the Swiss Federal Certificate of Proficiency (EFZ) or completed one year of full-time work experience in a field related to business IT;
you have an equivalent degree from a domestic or foreign university (according to the swissuniversities requirements) with one year of full-time work experience in a field related to business IT.
Auditing a course
Please find full details and the application form in the Auditing a course section under Application + Practicalities.
You must demonstrate proficiency in both German and English.
Instruction is conducted primarily in German. If German is not your native language, you must demonstrate C1-level proficiency (e.g. Goethe-Zertifikat C1).
Some technical literature will be in English, as will certain parts of instruction.
Transferring to our programme is possible:
if you are a current or former student at a different university in the same field of study and would like to continue your studies at BFH (depending on the level you have reached)
if you graduated from a professional college with a qualification in business information technology
If you are interested in transferring to our programme, please indicate this in the comments section of our online application and contact us to discuss your options.
If you feel you need to refresh what you learnt for your vocational baccalaureate (Berufsmaturität), we will be happy to support you.
We offer preparatory courses in accounting as well as mathematics for our German-speaking students.
The courses take place in the calendar weeks 32 to 37 (each subject contains 20 lessons – 5 evenings from 5.30pm to 9pm). For students who have already enrolled in the BFH programme, the cost of the course is CHF 150 per subject including books (CHF 600 for non-BFH attendees).
Enjoy excellent job prospects following graduation. A bachelor’s degree in business information technology prepares you to bridge the gap between business studies and IT.
Degree + Title
Bachelor of Science BFH in ‘Business information technology with a specialisation in [chosen area of specialisation]’
This bachelor’s degree is federally recognised in Switzerland, compatible with other European systems and helps improve your international mobility. As a recognised university degree, it qualifies you for higher level degrees i.e. master’s programmes in business information technology or related degree programmes at other universities in Switzerland and abroad.
Countless career opportunities await you upon graduation, whether in Switzerland or abroad. You may also decide to pursue a master’s degree in business information technology or other related fields such as business administration or digital business administration.
If you think you would like to study at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH), then please do not delay. Register now! By registering online you’ll easily be able to see the progress of your application process.
You may only apply for our bachelor’s degree programme via the online application form.
Documents required for online application:
Copy of passport or ID (back and front)
CV/Resumé (in simple tabular form)
Baccalaureate certificates and record of marks (if not yet received, a letter of confirmation from the school or a semester report/certificate)
EFZ (Federal VET Diploma) with grades (if not yet received, a letter of confirmation from the school or a semester report/certificate) - in the case of having undertaken or undertaking an apprenticeship
Work reference/s with experience documented including details on duties, scale of employment in percentages and exact dates of employment period/s
Ex-matriculation confirmation, if you have already attended a Swiss university of applied science
If you have obtained qualifications from other universities or equivalent institutions of higher education based in Switzerland or abroad or have evidence that you possess excellent English language skills, you can apply before the start of your degree programme for recognition of these qualifications. Applications will only be assessed after admission to a degree programme.
Please click on the ‘Qualification recognition’ check box during your online registration. The following additional documents must be submitted after successful registration:
Proof of successfully completed course module(s) (certificates)
Tuition fee for intemational students* (per semester)
Performance assessment (per semester)
Material fees (per semester)
Voluntary contribution to the student body (per semester)
Fee for social, cultural and sport offerings (per semester)
Costs for study trip (approx.)
only for Master of Science in Business Administration and
Master of Science in Digital Business Administration
CHF 1000 - 3000.–
* International students are defined as persons of foreign citizenship who at the time of obtaining their university entrance qualification were domiciled under civil law neither in Switzerland nor the Principality of Liechtenstein. This rule applies as of the 2018/9 autumn semester.
In addition to the above costs, charges will also be levied for various study-related resources, such as photocopies, literature/books and internet access. Students will also be expected to have a Notebook computer and broadband internet access at their disposal. Students who leave the programme in mid-semester will be required to pay the full fees and charges for the semester.
There are legal stipulations that provide for scholarships for those studying at Bern University of Applied Sciences. Very helpful information on the scholarships available in Switzerland can be found at educa.ch.
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From Bundeshaus-West, the Marzili funicular railway travels down into the Marziliquartier located on the river Aare. Brückenstrasse is located 450 meters away from the station at the bottom of the line.
In the evenings (from 20.37), the number 30 bus runs between the train station and the Marziliquartier (Dampfzentrale stop).
Directions by car:
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We regret that no parking spaces can be provided for students.
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