Some courses are unique within German-speaking Switzerland, e.g. Sport, Agronomy, Forest Science, Wood Technology, Automotive Engineering, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Literary Writing. This leads to a mix of students from other cantons and countries, so that teaching at BFH is multilingual (German/French, partly English), thereby creating the opportunity for attractive additional qualifications. Correspondingly, there is no shortage of exchange opportunities: intensive international contacts (with Canada, China, South Africa, as well as Europe) allow students to become familiar with other environments and other ways of working.
Research at BFH is application-orientated. This means that development and research are done either on behalf of clients or independently, with a focus on the needs of the market and the working world. BFH works in close co-operation with business, public institutions, cultural bodies, the world of the arts, administrative organisations and society in general. Research and development at BFH are concentrated within about twenty strategic areas of emphasis. All BFH departments are involved.
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Proximity to practice also guarantees that a wide range of services and facilities can be offered. All the departments provide services, be this product testing, planning, expertise or consultancy – BFH is a competent partner.
The various sites of Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH are located in the heart of Switzerland – in idyllic Canton Berne. BFH is not, however, a campus university in the true sense of the word, having only a limited supply of student accommodation.
The strength of the 11 libraries at Bern University of Applied Sciences lies in their specialisation. Together they offer over 250,000 books and other physical media. More than 28,000 electronic journals, 70,000 electronic books and around 70 specialist databases are available for online use. Online access points and more can be found on the specific websites.
The IT Services Department is responsible for the IT infrastructure at Bern University of Applied Sciences and provides help to lecturers, staff members and students by offering professional services. Do not hesitate to contact us with your enquiry.
From the first of January following their twentieth birthday, Swiss and foreign students with legal residence in Switzerland must pay 480 francs a year (minimum contribution) into the Age and Surviving Dependants' insurance, Disability insurance, and Military Income Loss insurance fund.
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It was interesting to work and get to meet people from all over the world. Also, I liked the practical approach of studies, where application of the knowledge was the focus. It would be even better if the program offered more workshops and communication with companies, as well as internships.
I had a very interesting studying experience during this time. For every module, experts were invited to give a feel of the real world application. However, the lectures were so packed with different activities - reading materials, reports writing, individual and group presentations. This left no space for me to actually appreciate the courses. It was more of quick reading...