BFH has extensive international links and maintains close relations with partner universities abroad, in Europe and beyond.
Swiss-European Mobility Programme, SEMP (formerly Erasmus)
Within Europe, student exchanges take place under the umbrella of the EU Erasmus+ programme for education, training, youth and sport. Since the academic year 2014/2015, the funding required on the Swiss side has been provided through the ‘Swiss-European Mobility Programme’, SEMP (formerly Erasmus). The requirements for exchange semesters remain the same:
- Your institution must have an SEMP agreement with BFH. You can check this by contacting your institution’s International Relations Office.
- You must have completed the second semester before beginning your time abroad.
- You must be proficient in the study language(s) of Bern University of Applied Sciences.
Matriculation and grants
During your SEMP (work) placement, you remain matriculated at your home institution. You do not have to pay tuition fees at Bern University of Applied Sciences. During your time in Switzerland, you will continue to pay tuition fees at your home university.
Grants are issued under the SEMP mobility programme. These amount to CHF 1,900 or CHF 2,200 per semester, depending on the country of origin of your Higher Education Institution. For work placements, the grants amount to CHF 440 per month.
Erasmus Student Network
Erasmus Student Network (ESN) offers exchange students all-round support. It can reduce the stress of arriving in a new place, simplify things when you’re here and help you make your stay even more fun.