Portrait

Students at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) benefit from our interdisciplinary approach and our international orientation. Our eight departments teach and research a wide range of subjects, and our students and staff come from a wide range of different countries.

Many-sided but goal-oriented: With eight departments under one roof at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH), you will have plenty of opportunity to see your subject from a range of different angles during your time with us. The 30 bachelor’s degree programmes, 23 master’s degree programmes and numerous continuing education programmes combine to give BFH its unique profile. The university has sites in Bern, Burgdorf, Biel, Zollikofen and Magglingen.

Studies

Unique and cosmopolitan

The BFH degree programmes in Sport, Agriculture, Forest Science, Forest Science, Automotive Engineering, Medical Informatics and Literary Writing are the only programmes of their kind in German-speaking Switzerland or, in some cases, Switzerland as a whole. This means that our students at BFH tend to come from different cantons and, indeed, different countries to study with us. At BFH, our multilingual set-up (German/French/English) creates bridges to other language regions and cultural areas and, with multilingual teaching on many of our programmes, students are able to acquire attractive additional qualifications. As a result, there is no shortage of exchange opportunities: intensive contact with Canada, China and South Africa as well as other parts of Europe helps familiarise students with different working practices and professional environments.

Research

Applied research and development

At BFH, we carry out applied research and development. This means that we either provide research and development services on behalf of clients or carry out independent research that focuses on the needs of the market and the professional environment. We work in close cooperation with commercial enterprises, public institutions, the arts, administrative authorities and society in general. Research and development at BFH are concentrated within around twenty strategic research focuses which involve all of the BFH departments.

Students carry out research and development work in the context of semester projects and final dissertations. In collaboration with business partners and spin-off companies, these projects often result in marketable products.

Consulting services

Wide range of services

Our practical orientation allows us to offer a wide range of services. All of the departments provide consulting services for third parties, whether product testing, planning, consultancy or producing expert reports – BFH is a highly capable partner.