International

The International Relations Office is responsible for and acts as the support centre for international matters at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH). In particular, it is available to assist with general issues that are not related to a specific department.

The International Relations Office looks after the university’s participation in European and international education and research programmes. It also provides foreign universities, international partners, BFH students and exchange students, and staff with support relating to the internationalisation of teaching and research, promoting global competence, and European and international mobility.

For any matters that are specific to a department, please direct your enquiry to the contact person within the department concerned.

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Partner universities

Bern University of Applied Sciences maintains an extensive network of partner universities abroad. We have agreements in place with most of these universities for student and staff exchanges.

Gain a quick overview of our partner universities around the world in just a few clicks. The handy filters will help you to find the right partner by department, programme and country.

Partner universities

Überblick über unsere Partnerhochschulen weltweit

International support for staff

Staff from partner universities can broaden their horizons with teaching or further education activities at BFH. BFH staff also have the option to take part in an international exchange.

University staff from a partner country can undertake teaching or further education activities at Bern University of Applied Sciences. All BFH staff also have the opportunity to travel to partner institutions abroad to teach or undertake further training. This ensures that staff receive support in embracing the international aspect of their duties, effectively building an international network and continuing their own personal development.

Swiss-European Mobility Programme, SEMP

In Europe, mobility takes place within the framework of the EU Erasmus+ programme for education, youth and sport. Since the 2014/15 academic year, the necessary funds have been provided by Switzerland itself within the framework of the "Swiss-European Mobility Programme" SEMP (formerly Erasmus).

SEMP supports employees from a length of stay of 2 days to 2 months with cost sharing (daily flat rates and travel expenses).

Do you work at an Erasmus/SEMP university, and are you interested in completing a teaching assignment or training at Bern University of Applied Sciences?

BFH students and staff who are interested in teaching assignments or professional development programmes in Europe will find more information on our Intranet

Welcome Center

Are you about to start working at Bern University of Applied Sciences, or are you planning to work here? The Welcome Center extends a warm welcome to you in your new surroundings. We are here to provide assistance and support for you in all matters relating to life in Switzerland.

Contacts

We are available to provide foreign universities, international partners, exchange students, lecturers and staff (incoming and outgoing) with information on the topics of international coordination, the internationalisation of teaching and research, and mobility at BFH.

International Offices

For any matters that are specific to a department, please direct your enquiry to the contact person within the department concerned. The points of contact for international matters within the departments

  • provide incoming and outgoing students, lecturers and staff with advice and support
  • assist in organising placements
  • ensure the integration of international students.

Engineering and Information Technology

Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering

Health Professions

Bern University of the Arts

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences

Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen

International Relations Office

The International Relations Office of Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) is available to provide information on the general topics of international coordination, the internationalisation of teaching and research, and mobility at BFH.

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The latest news on international topics and the ‘local context, global minds’ series of short films provide an insight into the globally networked world of BFH.

BFH thrives on its globally networked nature. Students and staff regularly travel abroad for study and work placements, and their counterparts from abroad also regularly come to BFH. Our ‘local context, global mind’ series of short films provides a glimpse into the globally networked world of BFH.

Episode 8: Continuing education – in Europe

Two members of staff from the University Didactics & E-learning subject area completed training abroad in 2018. Luca Bösch spent two weeks at the Open University in the UK and increased his knowledge of Moodle. During a week spent at the Heidelberg University of Education, Andy Hediger focused on various topics, such as IT and mathematics teaching.

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Episode 7: Certificate of Global Competence

During his studies, Alexander Post, who studied social work, developed intercultural and transcultural competencies to gain the BFH supplementary Certificate of Global Competence. He now uses these skills in his work for social services, where he frequently encounters different cultures.

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Episode 6: An Austrian in Switzerland

In Episode 6, we hear from Lukas Samwald. He studied civil engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Campus Vienna and spent one semester at AHB. What will he miss most? Carnival music and Fasnachtschüechli carnival cakes.

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Episode 5: Studying and working in Switzerland

Michail Kyriazopoulos gives us an insight into his work at BFH. Originally from Greece, he gained his master’s in Wood Technology from AHB in Biel in May 2016. He is currently working as a full-time research assistant and lives in Switzerland.

This episode was produced by Ina Navahrodskaya, an MA student of Communication Design at Bern University of the Arts HKB.

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Episode 4: Finding your future at BFH

Daniela Prozorovscaia gives us an insight into her life as a student in Switzerland. She was born in Moldova but moved to Portugal at the age of 10, where she lived up until 18 months ago. Daniela now lives in Switzerland and is enrolled on the Food, Nutrition and Health master’s programme in Zollikofen.

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Episode 3: Study trip to Shanghai

Jacqueline Ducret and Paul Ammann (Executive MBA in International Management, BFH-TI) report on the study trips to China offered to students on the EMBA programme. Anyone with a company operating in an international environment needs to understand cultural backgrounds, the relevant conditions in its business partners’ countries and how personal networks work. International agility is one of the major goals of graduates of EMBA programmes. The study trips give participants a unique insight into companies and universities in China, and they are full of enthusiasm upon their return.

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Episode 2: From Bern to Hawassa and back

Daniel Gobeli, a former lecturer in strategic management in the Business department reports on his experiences of the Young Entrepreneur Exchange Project (YEEP). Students from Hawassa University and Bern University of Applied Sciences are working on business ideas from Ethiopia. YEEP aims to use intercultural exchange and knowledge transfer to teach entrepreneurial thinking to young Ethiopians.

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Episode 1: Exploring BFH as an exchange student

In the first episode, we meet Shashvat Kapoor. He is 20 years old, grew up in India, and is studying International Business at Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences in Finland. He spent a year on an Erasmus placement with the International Office of the Health Professions department.

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