Business Administration – International Programme

Kick-start your international career by joining our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration International Programme – a degree taught in English with students from all over the world.

  • High quality Swiss tertiary education
  • Excellent student to lecturer ratio
  • Strongly focused on real-world practice in all courses
  • Mixed classes with domestic and international students
  • Pre-Bachelor Course for international students
  • Welcome Week, Buddy Programme and other services offered by our International Office

Factsheet

  • Title/Degree Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Business Administration
  • Specialisations • International Business Management & Managing Dynamics (EN)
    • Banking & Finance (EN)
    • Accounting & Controlling (GE)
    • Corporate Communication & Marketing (GE)
    • Public & Non-Profit Management (GE)
    • Management in Practice: Strategy & Managing Dynamics (GE)
    • Human Resource Management & Managing Dynamics (GE)
    • Sport & Event Management (GE)
  • Mode of study Full-time (6 semesters), Work-study/Part-time (8 semesters)
  • Start date Autumn: CW 38, with two induction days in CW37.
  • Application deadline 31 July
    (guaranteed spaces until 31 March)
  • ECTS credits 180 ECTS credits
  • Study language English
  • Location Brückenstrasse 73, 3005 Bern
  • Department Business

Structure + Content

Our bachelor's degree programme in business administration provides students with the perfect combination of theoretical study and practical experience. It ensures graduates can deal with the complex challenges they will encounter during their subsequent careers. Bachelor's degree graduates can go on to study for a Master of Sciences (MSc) or take other postgraduate courses.

Portrait

Business administration requires sophisticated interdisciplinary and generalist skills and focuses on the analysis of companies and their interaction with their environment. As a branch of economic science, business administration assumes that resources and assets are fundamentally scarce and accordingly require efficient use. By investigating, describing, explaining and addressing real-world economic and business issues from a company perspective, business administration, contributes to maintaining and supporting companies in various everyday situations.

Learning outcomes

On completion of our degree programme you will

  • have sound knowledge of various specialist areas of business administration;
  • be able to identify, analyse and solve real-world business problems;
  • be able to work efficiently in specialist areas of business administration and set priorities;
  • be able to reflect on your behaviour, be able to work in and manage multicultural teams;
  • be capable of withstanding stress and have the flexibility to adapt to new situations and demands.

Study form and duration

The course is modular, i.e. the different topics are dealt with in separate modules. Upon completion of a module, students receive the corresponding ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System). An ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 30 hours.
A module for which 3 ECTS credits are distributed thus corresponds to a workload of 90 hours.

This workload is divided into teaching hours, preparation and follow-up work (independent studies), the processing of e-learning material, examination preparation, task processing and other examinations.

Our full-time degree programme takes at least six semesters, i.e. three years. 

In this study model each academic year you will acquire an average of 60 ECTS credits which is comparable to a full-time job with a workload of around 1800 working hours per year.

This type of degree programme is intended for students who wish to put in a maximum amount of effort to reach their goal as quickly as possible. 

In the full-time study model lectures normally take place from Monday to Friday. 
In block weeks (one week per semester) and examination periods lectures may also take place on Saturday. The exact dates are sent well in advance. 
During lecture-free periods no obligatory lectures, workshops etc. take place.

If you are pursuing a career alongside the bachelor course, this is ideal for you.

Our work-study programme takes four years.
The same modules as the full-time model are spread out over eight semesters. 
Each year an average of 42 ECTS credits must be passed, which equates to a workload of 1260 hours.

The requirement for this study model is that you must be employed in a qualified professional position during your studies for at least 20 hours a week during the entire academic year. Every two semesters you will be awarded 3 ECTS credits for this practical work.
We recommend a maximum of 60% employment (three days per week) 

Information sheet for recognition of professional activity:

 

In the work-study model the timetables are organised in such a way as to ensure that you have three weekdays without module attendance requirements. This allows you to better organise your work or private commitments.
Contact lessons during the first four semesters take place on Mondays and Tuesdays full day and Saturdays until 16h00. Contact lessons during semester 5–8 take place on Thursdays and Fridays full day and Saturdays until 16h00.
Contact lessons in the block weeks and examination periods may take place between Monday and Saturday. The exact dates are sent well in advance. During lecture-free periods no obligatory lectures, workshops etc. take place.

If you have other obligations (family commitments; work) alongside your degree programme or simply want to take things a bit slower, then the part-time model is idea for you.

Our part-time degree programme also takes at least eight semesters (four years). 
No ECTS credits are awarded for your job. Therefore, you must complete modules totaling an average of 45 ECTS credits each year, which equates to a workload of 1350 hours.

In the part-time model the timetables are organised in such a way as to ensure that you have three weekdays without module attendance requirements. This allows you to better organise your work or private commitments.

Contact lessons during the first four semesters take place on Mondays and Tuesdays full day and Saturdays until 16h00. Contact lessons during semester 5–8 take place on Thursdays and Fridays full day and Saturdays until 16h00.
Contact lessons in the block weeks and examination periods may take place between Monday and Saturday. The exact dates are sent well in advance. During lecture-free periods no obligatory lectures, workshops etc. take place.

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Additional information

The BFH Business School has numerous partner universities all over the world. Exchanges include studying up to a maximum of three semesters (one exchange semester and a two-semester double-degree programme) at another university. The courses you take during your exchange are usually credited towards your degree at your home university.

Our International Office provides a wide range of support if you want to study abroad.

For more information please visit International Office.

Career Services

From your very first day until your graduation, you can take advantage of the extensive assistance and support offered free of charge by our Career Services. We provide help with everything from exam and study skills to C.V. writing and interview techniques.

Optional modules

Optional modules are modules which you can voluntarily take alongside the compulsory modules to extend your knowledge. 
There is a changing and wide-ranging choice of optional modules, including from Academic Writing in English and SAP certification through to our Young Entrepreneur Exchange Project.
Optional modules can be attended during the semester. Some optional modules are provided in the form of summer or winter schools.

Certificate of Global Competence

The Certificate of Global Competence offers you the opportunity to acquire intercultural and transcultural skills as part of your normal degree programme.

The Certificate of Global Competence provides further proof of your ability to function in an international environment.

Diploma theses + Projects

Thesis

In the last year of the degree you will write a bachelor’s thesis. Many students choose a topic closely related to their specialisation.

Eligibility + Entry

Applicants with the following qualifications and work experience will be accepted onto the degree programme.

Our business administration programme is mainly designed for those who already hold a basic qualification in business.
Applicants with the following qualifications will be accepted:

Switzerland

• Vocational Baccalaureate (Berufsmaturität) with a (Swiss) Federal Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (VET/EFZ) in one of the related professions/fields or one year's full-time work experience in one of the related professions/fields

• Gymnasial Baccalaureate (gymnasiale Maturität) plus one year’s full-time work experience in one of the related professions/fields

• Specialised Baccalaureate plus one year’s full-time work experience in one of the related professions/fields

• PET (professional education and training) college qualification with a Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (VET/EFZ) in one of the related professions/fields or one year’s full-time work experience in one of the related professions/fields

All other countries

• Equivalent foreign qualification (as per swiss universities regulations) plus one year’s full-time work experience in one of the related professions/fields

Before applying for a study place at our university, please contact the Swiss Embassy in your country to inform yourself about the processes and regulations when applying for a study visa. In some countries school diplomas and university degrees need to be signed by a notary before submitting them to the Swiss Embassy. The duration of this notarial certification process can take up to 10 weeks. For such countries you also need to provide copies of the witnessed certified documents together with the other application documents to the BFH Business School.

Auditors and guest students

It is possible to take part in modules without doing the whole degree. You will find all information including the registration form here.

Language prerequisites

Since our International Programme classes are taught in English, applicants must have a good command of English. You should have no problems following the courses if have a good grade in a vocational baccalaureate (Berufsmaturität) or in your gymnasial baccalaureate (gymnasiale Maturität). For all interested students who have a non-Swiss educational background, we expect an English level of at least B2 and recommend a level of C1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Preparatory courses

Are the contents of the vocational baccalaureate (Berufsmaturität) no longer fully present and need to be refreshed before starting studies? We are 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 17.30 to 21.00). For students who have already registered for their studies the cost of the course is CHF 150.00 per subject including books (CHF 600.00 for external interested parties).

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact the course administration.

Pre-Bachelor Course

Our International Programme Pre-Bachelor Course is offered to all our incoming IP students. This course extends over three weeks in August before the degree programme starts. The goal is to prepare international students for life and study at a Swiss university of applied sciences and so increasing your chances of success.

You will be given more information on preparatory courses together with a registration form after matriculation.

Qualification + Career prospects

As the holder of a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, you will possess well-founded knowledge in various aspects of business and will be well equipped for a professional career.

Degree + Title

Students who successfully complete our bachelor’s degree programme are entitled to use the title Bachelor of Science BFH in Business Administration with Specialisation in [major in specialisation]. 
(Title abbreviation: BSc BFH [in Business Administration])

This bachelor’s degree is recognised nationally and internationally. It is a university degree and entitles the holder to enrol in consecutive master’s degree programmes at other universities in Switzerland or abroad.

Career prospects

The bachelor's degree programme provides the cornerstone of a successful career in business. You will acquire broad general knowledge in the field of business administration and further develop your knowledge and skills by selecting a field of specialisation during your final semesters.

On successful completion of our degree programme, you will be able to manage demanding tasks and take on management and leaderships roles in the private sector, public administration or non-profit organisations.

Depending on your specialisation you will also be ready to work in fields such as controlling, finance, accounting, strategic planning, corporate development, marketing and sales, communication, HR management and logistics.

In addition to all this, the International Programme’s immersive English environment will give you the English and cross-cultural skills which are highly valued in today’s job market.

Related postgraduate degrees

  • Master of Science in Business Administration specializing in Corporate/Business Development
  • Master of Science in Business Information Technology

Application + Practicalities

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:

Domestic applicants:

  • Passport-sized photo
  • 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

International applicants:

  • Passport-sized photo
  • Copy of passport or ID (back and front)
  • CV/Resumé (in simple tabular form) 
  • College / University certificates (as required by swiss universities)
  • Work reference/s with experience documented including details on duties, scale of employment in percentages and exact dates of employment period/s

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)
  • Module description(s)
  • Curriculum

Degree programme application deadline

31.7. (guaranteed study place until 31.03.2019)

Application for recognition of qualifications,
excellent English language skills

15.8. (Before starting your studies)

Deadline for cancellation of application

31.7.

Official start of semester

1.8.

Induction week

2 days in calendar week 37 (compulsory)

Course commencement (classroom lessons)

calendar week 38

The dates of block weeks and examination weeks can be found in the academic calendar.

Academic Calendar 2019/20

Notes on deadlines
 

External people may participate in courses as a guest (with no credits given) or as an auditor (with credits). The costs amount to CHF 300 per 3 ECTS-Module (which generally corresponds to two semester-week-hours) and is subject to availability.

Application deadline

Spring semester: 20 December
Autumn semester: 15 July

Fees

Application (per application)* / Matriculation

CHF 100.–

Tuition fee (per semester)

CHF 750.–

Tuition fee for intemational students* (per semester)

CHF 950.–

Performance assessment

CHF 80.–

Material fees

CHF 95.–

Voluntary contribution to the student body

CHF 15.–


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.

* 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.

 

Grants

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.

Information

Want to know more?

We organize Information Events/Open Days for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. You will find the information here as soon as possible.

Information Events

Open Days

In spring you can take part in one of our ‘open days’.
On the day you will attend various lectures, have the opportunity to talk to lecturers and find out about student life.

Open Days Bachelor Business Administration + Business Information Technology

Student advisory service

If you have any questions regarding admission, study contents or the compatibility of studies, career and private life, you can contact the administration.

Administration Business School

Bern University of Applied Services
Brückenstrasse 73
3005 Bern

Phone  +41 31 848 34 00
E-Mail   business@bfh.ch

Opening hours during the semester

Counter 

Monday to Friday 8.00 to 16.00 h
Closed Wednesday from 12.30 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday closed

Telephone hours

Monday to Friday 8.00 to 12.30 h, 13.30 to 16.00 h
Wednesday not served from 12.30 noon
Saturday/Sunday closed

Opening hours buildings

Monday to Friday 7.00 to 18.30 h
Saturday 7.00 to 13.00 h
Sunday closed

Location(s) + Facilities

The campus at Brückenstrasse 73 in Bern is in the Marzili quarter, within walking distance of Bern's old town and the main railway station.

Getting here

  • Brückenstrasse can be reached from Bern train station in 10 minutes on foot. 
  • 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: 

  • Take motorway exit 12 Bern-Ostring and travel towards Zentrum. On Freudenbergerplatz, turn right on to Ostring. At the roundabout, take the second exit on to Thunstrasse. At Thunplatz (roundabout), take the second exit on to Jungfraustrasse. At the end of Jungfraustrasse, take a left on to Marienstrasse. Take the right turn on to Schwellenmattstrasse. Travel over the Dalmazibrücke bridge, take the fourth exit on the roundabout on to Aarstrasse, make a right turn on to Brückenstrasse. 
  • We regret that no parking spaces can be provided for students.

Contact

Bern University of Applied Sciences
Business School
Brückenstrasse 73
CH-3005 Bern

Phone        +41 31 848 34 00
Email          business@bfh.ch