Certificate of Engagement in Sustainability

With the "Certificate of Engagement in Sustainability", students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and interdisciplinary skills in the field of sustainable development and to display these for example, to future employers.


What is the “Certificate of Engagement in Sustainability”?

The “Certificate of Engagement in Sustainability” offers you the opportunity to acquire additional skills in the field of sustainable development as part of your regular studies and to have these and your individual social commitment recognised. 

Who can obtain the “Certificate of Engagement in Sustainability”?

You can acquire the certificate as a Bachelor or Master student, provided you include it in your curriculum early enough.

How does the “Certificate of Engagement in Sustainability” work?

The “Certificate of Engagement in Sustainability” consists of a curricular (knowledge & skills) and an extracurricular section (engagement). In the Knowledge & Skills section, you will acquire knowledge and problem-solving skills in the field of sustainable development. In the Engagement section, you have the opportunity to implement projects for innovative solutions together with students from other degree disciplines.


Knowledge and skills

The Knowledge & Skills part is made up of a foundation module (at least 3 ECTS) and two elective modules (at least 2 ECTS each). You must have completed the three modules by the end of your degree programme.

The following BFH diagonal modules can be credited as foundation modules:

The two elective modules allow you to acquire specific background knowledge for your sustainability project (e.g. climate change, permaculture, diversity) or learn methods that are helpful for implementation (e.g. design thinking, climate accounting, systems thinking).


In the Engagement section, you can develop and implement your own project ideas.

The following conditions must be met in order for your project to be recognised for the sustainability certificate:

  • The project should deal with an interdisciplinary problem.
  • The project should be interdisciplinary. You work in a team with students from other degree programmes or with people from practice.
  • The project may be based on or develop from your Bachelor's or Master's thesis.
  • Your individual workload for the project should be approx. 100 hours.


Students4Sustainability is the sustainability community for students at all Bernese universities and the successor project to BFH SUSTAINS.

The platform offers networking opportunities and supports students in planning and implementing their own sustainability projects.

Such a sustainability project can be the first step towards the "Certificate of Engagment in Sustainability".

Get in touch with us or take a look at the Students4Sustainability platform, LinkedIn or Instagram.