Bern University of Applied Sciences

Anyone who studies at Bern University of Applied Sciences can do so in an interdisciplinary way and in an international context, without setting foot outside the University: within its six departments, a range of subjects as varied as nursing, food technology and sports are taught. It is also a meeting point for students from many diverse countries.



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.

Master's Programmes

Agriculture & Forestry (3)
Medicine & Health (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Business & Management (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)


Student services

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.

Housing services

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.

Library services

The departments and divisions of Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH maintain specialised subject libraries on their premises

ICT services

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.

Medical services

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.