Studying at a university abroad and interested in spending a semester at Bern University of Applied Sciences? Students from abroad can apply to spend one or two semesters at BFH.
BFH has extensive international links and maintains close relations with partner universities abroad, in Europe and beyond.
For more information on the different programmes and modules, see the International Student Guide.
Swiss-European Mobility Programme, SEMP
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. The requirements for exchange semesters remain the same:
- Your institution must have a 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 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.
Students who travel each way by train, bus (or boat) will receive an additional financial support (Top Up) of 100 CHF per mobility.
You have already decided and are ready to organise your exchange? Then check whether you have really thought of all the steps:
Further information on SEMP:
Students and their experiences at BFH
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