Our Passerelle scheme provides a pathway between baccalaureate programmes and university studies in engineering, information technology or architecture. It consists of a three-month preparatory course and nine-month work placement.
Architecture: August 2021
Engineering and Information Technology: August 2021
30 June 2021
Registering after registration deadline on request
Engineering and Information Technology: German and French
Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering: only German
Engineering and Information Technology: Biel, Bern, Burgdorf
Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering: only Burgdorf
Architecture, wood and civil engineering
Engineering and information technology
Law requires that graduates of baccalaureate programmes complete a year-long preparatory work placement before being admitted to engineering, information technology or architecture programmes at any Swiss university of applied sciences. Our Passerelle scheme fulfils this requirement.
Practice-based training programme
The training consists of a three-month preparatory course and nine-month internship. This pathway programme is scheduled to make best use of the year between your baccalaureate graduation and beginning of studies. The window between your baccalaureate graduation and the start of the preparatory course gives you time to plan your internship. Our preparatory courses begin annually in August. The start of your internship may vary, but the earliest is November.
Universities of applied science are universities with an explicitly practice-based approach. A bachelor’s degree programme at BFH provides you with a foundation of both general education and theoretical knowledge. In the practical portion of your studies, which is greatly weighted, you will work in laboratories and workshops on applied research and development projects and learn to use standard methods, facilities and tools. This federally recognised bachelor’s degree prepares you to enter the professional world directly following graduation, and our Passerelle scheme is also designed with this end in mind.
A Passerelle scheme for the future
Our Passerelle scheme provides graduates of baccalaureate programmes with
the practical background required for admission to engineering, information technology or architecture programmes at universities of applied sciences;
individualised support and guidance through the preparatory phases leading up to the bachelor’s degree programme.
We focus on close collaboration with commercial enterprises, in order to
offer you work placement opportunities tailored to your studies, and to create consistent educational experiences on both sides;
develop training modules that best prepare you for everyday professional tasks.
Possible degree programmes following the Passerelle scheme
The training modules in our Passerelle scheme are aligned with the BFH bachelor’s degree programmes in Architecture, Wood and Construction as well as Engineering and Information Technology.
A preparatory course to pave the way
The preparatory course comprises eight modules of 48 lessons each. Depending on what you hope to study, you will enrol in different modules.
Instruction is either held in person (teaching theory) or takes the form of self-study to supplement your classroom learning (workshop and laboratory projects, problem-based learning). Modules are split into half- and full-day blocks to accommodate these approaches.
Attendance in classes is a requirement for passing the preparatory course.
Course fee CHF 1600– (for students from the Canton of Bern, i.e. for scholarship purposes, the canton is Bern**)
*The registration fee is not deducted from the course fee.
**Students from other cantons or from abroad pay the RSA/CSR cantonal contribution of CHF 5,600 in addition to the course fee. The cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft assume the RSA/CSR contribution in its entirety. Other cantons on request.
Sufficient language skills in at least one of the languages of instruction of the intended degree programme. Persons with foreign educational qualifications in a different language must prove that they have sufficient language skills in one of the languages of instruction of the intended degree programme. The B2 language level as defined by the European Language Portfolio is sufficient. Language skills must be documented with a recognised language diploma before entering our bachelor’s degree programme.
The preparatory work placement in our Passerelle scheme transforms theory into practice and provides you with experience in your future professional field. Beside your preparatory coursework, we will help you search for an appropriate work placement. In cooperation with your employer, we will also continue to support you throughout your work placement.
have both expert personnel and the facilities required for the desired degree course;
will assign a colleague experienced in working with trainees to serve as a dedicated mentor;
will reach an official agreement regarding the work placement experience with the trainee.
We are happy to help you design a work placement solution tailored to your company’s needs. Many thanks for your involvement.
Switzerland’s expert workforce provides the foundation for its businesses. Our goal at BFH is to work with these businesses to train the specialists of tomorrow. Our Passerelle scheme, which we have offered since 2009, lays the cornerstone for this future.
In our Passerelle scheme, graduates of baccalaureate programmes prepare for their studies in architecture, engineering or information technology at BFH. Our programme comprises a three-month preparatory course as well as a nine-month work placement in a business related to the participants’ desired area of study.
By providing work placements, you will help Passerelle scheme participants prepare for their bachelor’s degree programme and future career – possibly even at your company.
Business fields for work placements
At the Bern University of Applied Sciences, work placement is offered in seven areas.