Certificate of Global Competence

With BFH’s supplementary «Certificate of Global Competence», you as a student have the opportunity to acquire specific intercultural and transcultural skills during the course of your studies – and to earn a qualification for them by means of a skills portfolio.

Basic Information

What is the Certificate of Global Competence?

The Certificate of Global Competence offers you the opportunity to acquire additional intercultural and transcultural skills as part of your regular studies – and to provide evidence of this to future employers. The certificate provides excellent preparation for a professional future in an international context.

Who can obtain the Certificate of Global Competence?

The certificate is available to all Bachelor or Master students, as long as they include it early enough in their study plan.

How does the Certificate of Global Competence work?

You achieve portfolio points rather than credits for the Certificate of Global Competence. This allows you to match activities with your own personal and professional needs and to have extra-curricular activities taken into account.



To obtain the certificate you need to create a personal Portfolio of Global Competence. The portfolio comprises 100 points based on the following four components:

  • Knowledge (30 Points)
    You gain specific skills such as the ability to use conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches to analyse cultural aspects which enable you to operate professionally in international and transcultural contexts.
    2 modules or 1 module + 1 paper
  • Activities & Engagement (30 Points)
    You expand your personal and professional horizons through intercultural and transcultural networking and participating in specialist international forums.
    Stay abroad > 3 months or stay abroad < 3 months + Engagement in Switzerland
  • Language (20 Points)
    Acquiring foreign languages enables you to handle language diversity with sensitivity and actively participate in professional discourse in international contexts.
    3 foreign languages (1 at least level C1) or 2 foreign languages (both at least level B2)
  • Personal Reflection Report (20 Points)
    Based on an encounter you had, you reflect on your experience and apply the theoretical knowledge you have gained.
    5-7 pages or 16'000 - 22'400 characters incl. blanks

General Informations

On the basis of the various different study structures, each departmentwill use the existing concept to define the study elements students can attend in order to gain portfolio points for the certificate.

For more information, please contact the relevant person in your department.

BFH wide knowledge modules

Semester module «Inter- and Transculturality in the Workplace»

Information about the next edition will be published each spring.

Summer School «Cross-cultural communication and diversity»

Information about the next edition will be published each spring.

Summer School BFH Intercultural Communication and Diversity 2015

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