Study at BFH

Are you interested in studying at Bern University of Applied Sciences? Learn more today about our study opportunities and requirements.

Content + Structure

BFH gives you a modern, practice-oriented, research-based education and opens up a world of attractive career opportunities.

Course of studies

Degree programmes at BFH are entirely modular. You can study full-time or part-time alongside a job or childcare.

Full-time bachelor’s degree programmes generally last three years. The standard length of a master’s degree is one and a half to two years.

Most bachelor’s degree programmes can also be taken part-time. You spend eight to twelve semesters studying over at least four years. Some master’s degree programmes can also be taken part-time. Depending on the programme, the course length may be extended to a maximum of six or eight semesters.

You will study modules. These are self-contained units of study focusing on specific themes. A degree programme is made up of a variety of modules, some of which can be freely selected, that together form a coherent course of study.

There are compulsory, optional and elective modules: compulsory modules are obligatory; optional modules can be chosen from a predefined list, and elective modules can be selected to reflect your own personal interests. You complete your modules through contact hours (lectures, exercises) and self-study (independent and accompanied).

Each module is worth a certain number of ECTS credits.

We follow the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and in selected programmes, your learning outcomes are measured in credit points (ECTS credits). ECTS is the European system for the recording, transfer and accumulation of learning achievements.

One ECTS credit is equivalent to 30 student working hours. The workload amounts to 1,800 hours per academic year (full-time studies).

Full-time academic year

60 ECTS credits

Semesters full-time

30 ECTS credits

30 hours of work

1 ECTS credit

Bachelor’s degree programmes

180 ECTS credits

Master’s degree programmes

90 or 120 ECTS credits

Specialisation

Most degree programmes offer one or more specialisations. The topic for your bachelor’s or master’s thesis gives you another opportunity to specialise and prepare for professional practice. If you wish, you can work on your bachelor’s or master’s thesis with a partner organisation.

International experience

Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH nurtures its distinctive global network. We help students and staff gain and develop skills for a globalised world of education and work

by providing opportunities to participate in various exchange programmes, e.g. SEMP (Swiss European Mobility Programme, formerly ERASMUS) and helping our students find internships in Switzerland and abroad. More international opportunities are constantly being added to our offer.

Research

Teaching and research at BFH are closely connected: we share research results and methodologies with students as appropriate to the level of their studies and conduct our own research. Our teaching is, of course, also informed by all the latest research methodologies and findings. Many bachelor’s and master’s theses are based on work undertaken in the context of industry partnerships in the field of research and development.

Lecturers

Your success is supported by the expertise and exceptional teaching skills of lecturers at BFH. Some of them already have many years’ experience in industry as subject specialists and managers; many are also involved in applied research and development.

Requirements + Admission

Here you can find the entry requirements for studying at BFH. The final admission decision is made by Student Administration or, in some programmes, the Head of Degree Programme.

Before studying at a university of applied sciences, you have to fulfil certain entry requirements based on your educational background and chosen degree discipline.

To be admitted onto a bachelor's degree programme, you have to fulfil the following requirements:

Academic requirements

Vocational baccalaureate

You have basic training in a profession related to your desired degree discipline and a federally recognised vocational baccalaureate. You can find a list of related professions on the ‘Admission and Application’ page for your chosen department or in the regulations.

Specialised baccalaureate

You have a specialised baccalaureate in a professional field relevant to the degree discipline. In Health Professions, Social Work, Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences and some of the arts, a specialised baccalaureate (supported, if necessary, by sufficient practical experience) is usually enough for direct entry. For all other programmes, please contact the programme head.

Baccalaureate

You have a federally recognised baccalaureate. You can be admitted onto a bachelor’s degree programme if you can demonstrate one year’s professional experience in a field related to your desired degree discipline (exception: for the Department of Health Professions, you need only complete a two-month work placement before the start of your course). Some programmes at Bern University of the Arts have no work experience requirement.

Equivalent educational background

You have a recognised qualification equivalent to a baccalaureate plus experience or have taken an entrance examination that fulfils the requirements of a vocational baccalaureate.

Higher vocational training

You have a tertiary level education from an institution other than a university. Provided that you demonstrate the required knowledge and fulfil the requirements for the programme, you may be admitted onto the bachelor’s degree programme.

Professional prerequisites

The work experience requirements are generally based on the academic requirements (see above). Depending on the programme, other specific conditions may also apply. You can find more information about these on the Admission and Application pages for each programme or department.

Language skills

The study languages at BFH are German and French. Some individual (master’s) degree programmes are taught in English.

Applying from abroad

Do you have an overseas degree? If so, you have to submit different documents and provide proof of language proficiency. Please contact the appropriate programme head in plenty of time to find out more about the process and required documentation.

Exceptions

If you don't fulfil the required conditions, in exceptional cases, you may be able to apply ‘sur dossier’. This decision is made by the programme head.

Bern University of Applied Sciences offers consecutive master’s degree programmes that follow on directly from its bachelor’s degree programmes.

These programmes are aimed at graduates who have completed their bachelor’s with an above-average grade. We generally require applicants to hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent university degree.

Every programme has different admission procedures, aptitude tests and requirements.

If you don't have the required practical or professional experience, Bern University of Applied Sciences offers a variety of preparatory courses and Passerelle options.

Passerelle for technical degree disciplines

Our Passerelle scheme provides a pathway between baccalaureate programmes and university studies in engineering, information technology or architecture.

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences preparatory work placement

Students without relevant practical experience can take a mentored 12-month preparatory work placement. Candidates with training in a semi-related profession can complete a condensed form of the preparatory work placement.

Applications + Dates

If you want to study at BFH, you can apply easily online. Learn more about the application process and dates now.

Application

Would you like to take a course at Bern University of Applied Sciences? Then apply now. By applying online, you’ll be kept up-to-date at every stage of the process.

If you have missed the registration deadline, the head of the relevant study programme will be happy to inform you whether subsequent registration is possible.

Required documents

Please submit the following documents in electronic format and as appropriate for your educational background (passport documentation: PDF/images: JPG):

  • ID or passport*
  • Passport photo according to international passport requirements*
  • Diplomas and leaving certificates (e.g. vocational baccalaureate/specialised baccalaureate with grades, university entrance qualification, Abitur or upper secondary level qualification)
  • Swiss Federal Certificate of Proficiency with grades
  • Employer reference and/or internship certificate
  • Curriculum vitae

* compulsory

Other documents may be required depending on your chosen programme and educational background, for example:

  • a portfolio of work samples
  • residence permit (if you’re applying from abroad)
  • etc.

If you’re applying for a master’s degree programme, you must submit the certificate for your first degree (bachelor’s or equivalent qualification), as well as a transcript of records.

Dates

A–Z of degree programmes Autumn semester
2019
Spring semester
2019
Autumn semester
2020
Agriculture 30.4.2019    
Architecture 31.7.2019    
Art Education 15.3.2019    
Automotive Engineering 30.7.2019    
Business Administration 31.3.2019    
Business Information Technology 31.7.2019    
Civil Engineering 31.7.2019    
Computer Science 30.7.2019    
Conservation 15.3.2019    
Electrical and Communication Technology 30.7.2019    
Fine Arts 15.3.2019    
Food Science 30.4.2019    
Forest Science 30.4.2019    
Industrial Engineering and Management Science 30.7.2019    
Literary Writing 15.3.2019    
Mechanical Engineering 30.7.2019    
Medical informatics 30.7.2019    
Microtechnology and Medical Technology 30.7.2019    
Midwifery 15.1.2019   15.1.2020
Midwifery for qualified nurses   15.7.2019  
Multimedia Production 30.4.2019    
Music (Classic and Jazz) 15.3.2019    
Music (Sound Arts) 01.4.2019    

Music and Movement/ Rhythmics

15.3.2019    
Nursing     15.4.2020
Nursing for FaGe/FaBe 26.5.2019   15.4.2020
Nursing for qualified nurses 22.4.2019   15.4.2020
Nutrition and Dietetics 15.1.2019   15.1.2020
Physiotherapy 15.1.2019   15.1.2020
Social Work 18.3.2019 31.7.2019  
Sport 30.4.2019    
Theatre   15.10.2019  
Visual Communication 15.3.2019    
Wood Engineering 31.7.2019    

If you have missed the application deadline, you are welcome to contact the programme head to ask if they will accept a late application.

A–Z of degree programmes

Autumn semester
2019

Spring semester
2020

Autumn semester
2020

Architecture 31.5.2019 31.10.2019  
Art Education 15.3.2019    
Business Administration 30.4.2019    
Business Information Technology 15.5.2019    
Design 15.3.2019    
Conservation-Restauration 15.3.2019 1.10.2019  
Contemporary Arts Practice 1.4.2019    
Engineering (Civil Engineering and Building Technology) 31.7.2019 31.12.2019  
Engineering (Engineering and Information Technology 30.7.2019 31.1.2020  
Life Sciences 30.4.2019 30.9.2019  
Midwifery 31.7.2019    
Music Composition 15.3.2019    
Music Pedagogy 15.3.2019    
Music Performance (Jazz) 15.3.2019    
Music Performance (Classical) 1.4.2019    
Nursing 31.7.2019    
Nutrition and Dietetics 31.7.2019    
Physiotherapy 31.7.2019    
Social Work 18.6.2019 17.1.2020  
Specialised Music Performance (Classical) 1.4.2019    
Specialised Music Performance (Opera) 01.4.2019    
Sport (Sport Sciences) 30.4.2019    
Theatre 15.4.2019 1.11.2019  
Wood Technology 15.6.2019    

If you have missed the application deadline, you are welcome to contact the programme head to ask if they will accept a late application.

Withdrawals

Should you decide to withdraw your registration, you can notify us of your decision by e-mail. A verbal withdrawal of the registration will not be accepted.

Withdrawals deadlines

Beginning of studies in the autumn: 31 July
Beginning of studies in the spring: 31 January

The following deadlines apply to Bern University of the Arts students: autumn semester 15 June / spring semester 15 December.

If the notification is duly received, any semester fees already invoiced shall be cancelled and refunded as necessary.

Fees + Funding

Fees and contributions vary depending on the degree programme and field of study. Departmental offices will be happy to provide you with more information on average costs.

Here, you will find helpful information about financing your studies at BFH. Details regarding individual living costs are not covered, however.

The cost of study includes tuition and examination fees, as well as costs for teaching materials and excursions.

Costs

At BFH, different fees apply for programmes and examinations.

Application (per application)*

CHF 100

Matriculation**

CHF 100

Tuition fees (per semester)

CHF 750

Tuition fees for overseas students*** (per semester)

CHF 950

Examination fee (per semester)

CHF 80

Fee for social, cultural and sport offerings (per semester)

CHF 24

Membership fee for the Bern University of Applied Sciences Student Association (VSBFH) (per semester)

CHF 15

* plus CHF 10 processing fee if paying by paying-in slip/paper invoice.
** If the application leads to matriculation, the matriculation fee is covered by the application fee.
*** ‘Overseas students’ refers to all citizens of foreign countries who were not official residents of Switzerland or Liechtenstein at the time they were admitted to the university programme. This regulation applies from the autumn semester 2018/19.

There is also a fixed fee for material, which can vary from programme to programme, and additional costs for teaching materials, specialist literature, supplies, etc.

An invoice for the application fee is generated upon applying online and must be paid within 10 days. If payment is made by paying-in slip/paper invoice, a processing fee of CHF 10 is applied. There are no waivers or refunds for withdrawn or abandoned applications.

The application is processed after payment has been received.

The additional fees for admission or aptitude tests vary from programme to programme but are currently between CHF 150 and CHF 200.

Living expenses

Average living costs (in CHF) per month:

Average living costs per month

from to
Course costs
(Tuition fees, learning materials excluding study trips / study weeks)
CHF 180.– CHF 140.–
Fixed costs
(Sickness / accident insurance at non-reduced rate, taxes / social insurance, travel costs)
CHF 420.– CHF 500.–
Personal Expenditure
(Clothes / shoes, spending money / mobile phone, hairdressing / grooming)
CHF 250.– CHF 350.–
Provisions
(Health costs: retention, deductible rate, dentist)
CHF 60.– CHF 60.–

Rent / shared accommodation costs

CHF 300.– CHF 600.–
Other accommodation costs
(Electricity, telephone / radio / TV / Internet, home contents and personal liability insurance)
CHF 70.– CHF 100.–

Food / drink, including refectory

CHF 400.– CHF 500.–
Other houskeeping costs
(Washing powder and cleaning products, general toiletries, waste removal costs)
CHF 20.– CHF 40.–
Total CHF 1700.– CHF 2550.–

Meals outside the home CHF 8 to CHF 10 per meal

   

Source: Budgetberatung.ch

Annual average living costs for students living alone or in shared accommodation. The effective yearly amount may vary between approximately CHF 18,000 and CHF 27,000.

Grants, loans and other funding options

Financial aid. Financial aid is available through grants and loans. Grants are one-off or ongoing payments that don’t usually have to be paid back provided you complete your course. Loans are one-off or ongoing payments that must be paid back after you finish your course.

Cantonal grants

Grants and loans for Swiss students and overseas students are generally paid out by the canton where the students’ parents are tax residents.

Students who have been tax residents in the Canton of Bern for at least two years are able to apply for cantonal grants and loans. Applications should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office at the Department of Education.

Further information (incl. financial aid calculator):

The websites ausbildungsbeiträge.ch, stipendium.ch and European Funding Guide cover all the key information about grants in Switzerland and overseas.

Foundations and funds

There are also numerous private foundations and funds that offer financial support to students. The electronic foundation directory administered by the Federal Department of Home Affairs offers a comprehensive summary of these organisations and can be searched by keywords (e.g. student, research, financial aid, etc.). Other sources include the foundation directories for individual cantons and private foundations.

The following foundations offer funding specifically to BFH students and students from other universities:

Degree + Career prospects

While studying at BFH, you will engage with the latest practical expertise and pioneering methods and research findings. This will equip you with the tools you need for a successful professional career.

Graduations

The bachelor’s degree programme culminates in a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc). The majority of bachelor’s degrees at Bern University of Applied Sciences are vocational.

The bachelor is a university degree and generally qualifies you for follow-on studies in an appropriate subject at universities of applied sciences, universities, Swiss federal institutes and teaching colleges. It also enables admission onto suitable overseas programmes. Each institution will have its own admission requirements.

The consecutive master’s degree programme culminates in a Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MSc). It shouldn’t be confused with continuing education master’s degree programmes:

Consecutive master’s programmes

consecutive master’s studies build on a bachelor’s degree programme and are part of a student’s foundational training (Bologna level 2). Students develop detailed, specialised knowledge and gain a higher qualification that qualifies them for research and senior management positions. The consecutive master’s degree also serves as a stepping stone to a PhD (Bologna level 3). The programme culminates in a federally recognised Master of Arts or Master of Science.

Master of/Executive Master of Advanced Studies (MAS/EMBA)

The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) and Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) are designed explicitly as continuing education courses. Unlike consecutive master’s programmes, they are tailored to the needs of individuals who already have considerable professional experience. Students gain specialised or general skills, reflect on their professional practice and bring their specialist knowledge up to date.

The difference between a Fachhochschule (university of applied sciences) and Universität (university)

Programmes at a Fachhochschule (university of applied sciences) and Universität (university) are equivalent, however have different strengths: universities of applied sciences mainly offer a practice-oriented, research-based, vocational bachelor’s education. In the arts, only universities of applied sciences offer bachelor’s and master’s qualifications; most of these culminate in a master’s degree. Universities focus on academic education that prepares students for numerous professions.

Future prospects

A practice-oriented degree from BFH gives you the best possible preparation for starting and advancing your career.

Locations + Facilities

BFH has several locations throughout the Canton of Bern, with hubs in Biel and Bern.

Facilities

BFH offers its students modern facilities designed to the latest standards in teaching and learning. Our departments have specialist libraries, cutting-edge laboratories and research facilities, refectories and much more.

About studying at BFH

Here you can find out all you need to know about life as a student.

Work and family

At Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH, we promote balance between study, work and family.

A limited number of nursery places are available to BFH staff and students. If you’d like to take advantage of this offer, the relevant documents can be found on the BFH Intranet. The fees are based on your income and are in line with the cantonal rates described in the Verordnung über die Angebote der sozialen Integration (Decree on Social Integration Offer ASIV) issued by the Canton of Bern. You can apply for a nursery place using the online form on the BFH Intranet. If you’re a new student or member of staff and don’t have access to the Intranet, please contact Corinne Badertscher (Tel. +41 (0)31 848 33 01, corinne.badertscher@bfh.ch). There is no legal entitlement to a nursery place.

Compulsory service

Swiss students have to complete compulsory service while studying too. Make sure you start planning and coordinating your studies and compulsory service early.

We strongly encourage you to complete basic military training and your first block of civilian service before starting your studies. If you complete these activities during your studies, you may miss classes. As a result, the duration of your programme may increase.

Advice

You can get help with coordinating your studies and your compulsory service from our team of advisers.

Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering (Biel location)

Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering (Burgdorf location)

Bern University of the Arts

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences

Engineering and Information Technology

Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen SFISM

Health Professions, Social Work, Business

If you are a student, please contact the programme head.

University Sports + Culture

With training in a variety of sports and cultural and creative courses, BFH has a broad leisure offer ranging from badminton to power yoga and drawing or photography.

The Bern University of the Arts HKB is a department of Bern University of Applied Sciences. Hosting more than 300 events each year, it is one of Bern’s largest cultural venues. Its events cover all spheres of the arts (literature, music, theatre, opera, art, design, etc.) and are usually free. Take a look at the events calendar.

The city of Bern is also home to countless museums and galleries – from the Zentrum Paul Klee to the Swiss Rifle Museum and the Einsteinhaus. The region’s larger centres are also home to a number of famous art galleries. Visiting zoos and botanical gardens, palaces, festivals and other cultural events gives you an opportunity to leave your everyday routine behind.

A summary of current exhibitions, festivals and other events can be found in the city's various events and cultural calendars:

Berner Kulturagenda

The listings magazine Berner Kulturagenda is published every Wednesday. It features a listing of cultural offerings in the Bern region and a commentary in the form of an independent editorial.

Ensuite

The monthly culture magazine ensuite reports on events, culture and society in Bern. A large part of the magazine is dedicated to the detailed cultural programme. The events calendar can also be accessed online.

Bewegungsmelder

The city’s magazine for going out, concerts, lifestyle and more is published monthly.

Accommodation + Student Life

Bern University of Applied Sciences has various sites in the Canton of Bern. At Biel and Bern, new campus-style buildings are now being built and from 2022 and 2026 will connect previously separate locations.

In principle, you are responsible for finding your own accommodation. The HAFL department has a limited number of rooms for students who live a long way from the university. The rooms and flats currently available, as well as information on our locations, can be found here:

WG-Zimmer

Flatshare classifieds (mainly Switzerland)

airbnb

Holiday homes, apartments and rooms for rent

students.ch

Student flatshares and flats

meinwgzimmer.ch

Flatshare accommodation service Switzerland

Students Lodge
(Verein Berner Studentenlogierhaus)

Students Lodge offers low-priced accommodation for students and young people in training in the Bern area.

STUWO

Student accommodation association

Studentenresidenz Stöckacker

Furnished studios and flats in Stöckacker

Immobern

Bern property portal

Wohnungsmarkt Stadt Burgdorf

Accommodation in the city of Burgdorf and the surrounding area

Alle-Immobilien.ch

Search machine for all properties in Switzerland

Homegate

Swiss property portal

Immoscout24

Swiss property portal

Immowelt

Swiss property portal

Housing Anywhere

BFH is a partner of Housing Anywhere, the international student-to-student housing platform. Students coming to Bern from abroad can find accommodation via Housing Anywhere. The rooms on this platform are offered by students who are heading abroad to study, attend an Erasmus/SEMP semester or take up a work placement. Students are not charged for using the platform. When you make a booking, you will be charged an administrative fee to cover the costs of Housing Anywhere’s secure booking system.

More Information

The Canton of Bern has a dense, well-connected network of public transport (buses, trams, S-Bahn rapid transit railway and PostAuto buses).

Public transport

Swiss Federal Railways SBB

SBB timetable

BLS Lötschbergbahn AG

Timetable, network, tips for excursions

BernMobil

Timetable for BernMobil

S-Bahn Bern

Timetables, network, fares

PostAuto

Timetables, network, fares

Moonliner

Your safe way home: Thursdays to Saturdays until well past
midnight with 18 night bus services in 18 directions from Bern

Libero

Libero tariff network (Bern, Biel and Solothurn)

Verkehrsbetriebe Biel

Timetable and network for Verkehrsbetriebe Biel

BLS Busland AG

Bus network for the city of Burgdorf

Private transport

Mobility

The Mobility pass opens the door to 2,600 vehicles at 1,300 locations throughout Switzerland, 24 hours a day (discounts are available for students).

mitfahrgelegenheit.ch

mitfahrgelegenheit.ch is the Internet’s largest car-sharing platform for advertising car-sharing opportunities in Switzerland and Europe.

Bern rollt

Free bike, e-bike, scooter and skateboard hire in the city of Bern

Rent a Bike

Bike hire from SBB

Velostation Bern

Bern’s bike parks (Velostationen) offer accessible, well-located, high-quality parking for your bike.

velospot

The innovative bike-sharing system

Discounts

The GA travelcard for students

 

Students between 25 and 30 years of age at a university or university of applied sciences in Switzerland are eligible for a discounted Junior tariff General Abonnement travelcard from SBB.
You can find the order form on the BFH Intranet under Discounts. This form must be signed by your programme head and the programme administration office.

GA Junior travelcard

Young people between 16 and 25 years of age are eligible for a discounted GA travelcard from SBB.

Track 7 card

The Track 7 card gives all 16 to 25-year-olds free travel after 7pm.

Mobility for students

Mobility gives all students a no ties 4-month pass. Afterwards, they can get an annual pass for the discounted price of CHF 70.

social security AHV/IV/EO

From 1 January after their twentieth birthday, Swiss and overseas students domiciled (under Swiss civil law) in Switzerland must pay old-age and survivors’ insurance (AHV), disability insurance (IV) and income compensation (EO) contributions of CHF 482 each year (minimum contribution). Students who are working must pay contributions from 1 January after their seventeenth birthday. Students earning less than the minimum contribution or in receipt of EO compensation during a given year may have these contributions deducted: they only have to pay the difference to the minimum contribution.

Information on social security for overseas students:
exchange students are not covered by social security in Switzerland. However, overseas students who complete all of their studies in Switzerland are generally covered by social security.
Old-age and survivors’ insurance (AHV), disability insurance (IV) and income compensation (EO) are an important part of compulsory Swiss social security. Everyone living or working in Switzerland is insured and must pay contributions.
Students are generally required to pay contributions. From 1 January after their twentieth birthday, Swiss and overseas students domiciled (under Swiss civil law) in Switzerland must make AHV, IV and EO contributions of CHF 482 each year (minimum contribution).

Exemption from contributions:
during your studies, will you remain domiciled overseas? If so, you can apply for an exemption from contributions from the Old-Age and Survivors' Insurance (AHV) Office responsible for your area. In accordance with Art. 23 (1) Swiss Civil Code, a person’s domicile is the place where they reside with the intention of settling. The place must be the person’s centre of vital interests. This definition has an objective (stay) and subjective element (intention of settling). If the visit is for study purposes only, you don’t have to pay any AHV, IV or EO contributions. However, if you start working, you are required to pay social security contributions.

More information:

health and accident insurance

All individuals resident in Switzerland must be insured with a Swiss health insurer, regardless of citizenship.

Information on health and accident insurance for overseas students:
in principle, individuals staying or working in Switzerland (with the exception of tourists) have to have health insurance in Switzerland. Within three months of the beginning of the compulsory insurance requirement (from the commencement of their stay/job in Switzerland), the person must take out basic health insurance with a Swiss health insurance provider in accordance with the Federal Act on Health Insurance. It then applies retroactively. Foreign nationals residing in Switzerland for the purposes of education or training are subject to certain conditions.

More information:

Bern University of Applied Sciences promotes equal opportunities for people with a disability or chronic illness. For this reason, we strive to ensure that students and staff with a disability do not face any obstacles in their everyday life.

The special needs of people with disabilities vary greatly from person to person, so we try to provide individual solutions and assistance. We aim to remove barriers for those with reduced mobility, be sensitive when dealing with mental and chronic illnesses, and to compensate for any disadvantages during your studies arising from a disability.

Hardware + Software offers

At BFH, students and staff work with a broad range of cutting-edge platforms, applications and systems. As a student at BFH, you can also take advantage of numerous offers and discounts on software and hardware.

Free Microsoft offer (Office 365)

Students can easily access a variety of Microsoft Office applications for free from the Microsoft Office Portal.

Projekt Neptun

  • As part of Projekt Neptun, students and university staff can purchase selected devices from Apple, HP and Lenovo for discounted prices.
  • The hardware recommended by Projekt Neptun can be ordered online from selected sales partners during two sales windows at the beginning of each semester.
  • Neptun customers can also take advantage of a suite of support packages.

DataQuest

Students and staff at BFH can register in the DataQuest online shop and take advantage of discounts and promotions for Apple products.

Student discount

Students and staff at BFH can take advantage of special discounts for various hardware and software products of this platform.

HP Store

Hewlett Packard sells devices with discounts for students directly from the HP Student Store and www.students.ch.

Apple Education Store

In the Apple Education Store, students and university staff can take advantage of EDU prices for Mac computers, Apple software and selected accessories.

Campusdiscount

This German platform offers customers in teaching and research (teachers, professors, lecturers, research associates and students) special offers on most of its hardware range.

Fruitstore

  • This exclusive online shop for notebooks, tablets and computers offers students, school pupils, teachers and learners in Switzerland a wide range of branded devices at affordable prices all year round.
  • Customers also benefit from a range of special offers (e.g. at semester start) and promotions (for larger orders).

More information on the BFH Intranet:

At BFH, students and staff work with a broad range of cutting-edge platforms, applications and systems. BFH adapts constantly to the latest technologies.

SharePoint workspaces

The workspaces on the BFH Intranet help students and staff collaborate in projects, working groups and teams. They make collaboration easier and facilitate University-wide collaboration in closed user groups.

MS Teams

MS Teams is the latest tool from Microsoft – the hub for team collaboration in Office 365. Benefits of MS Teams:

  • easy communication by chat, conference call or phone
  • Directly integrated: Office 365 applications for real teamwork (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint and Power BI)
  • Personalised, productive working
  • Use of the mobile Teams app on desktop or smartphone

Moodle

Moodle is BFH’s central online learning platform. It supports face-to-face teaching with virtual classrooms, helps lecturers efficiently organise their lectures and allows them to supplement their courses with online materials. On Moodle, you can find teaching materials and tests, work through lessons, collaborate with other students or submit work. With the Moodle mobile app, you can also access the platform from your smartphone or tablet.

Office 365

You can access different Microsoft Office 365 applications easily and for free from the relevant portal. You can register with your BFH email address (e.g. abde1@bfh.ch) and your BFH password.

OneDrive

As a student at BFH, you have free access to the OneDrive cloud storage service. You can store your files, sync them with other devices, share them with other people or co-edit them. You can register with your email address (e.g. abde1@bfh.ch) and your BFH password.

Azure

We offer cloud-computing platforms for research projects and lectures.

Specialist applications

For lectures, BFH makes available a diverse range of specialist applications for students.

  • IBM SPSS
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise
  • Matlab
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Mathcad 15
  • Mountains Map
  • ARcGIS
  • Camptasia
  • EndNote
  • Mathematica
  • Mindjet
  • VirtualBox