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Exchange (Bilateral) Switzerland: University of Bern
Bern, Switzerland
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Restrictions: UW-W applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 10/01/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Exchange (Bilateral)
 Language of Instruction:
English, Foreign Language
 Housing Options:
Dorm/On-Campus
 Minimum GPA:
2.5
 Class Standing:
Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
 Areas of Study:
Accounting, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Economics, French, German, International Business, Literature, Math/Statistics, Physics
 Target Language:
German
Program Description:

University of Bern

UW-W Exchange Program


Location Bern, Switzerland
Academic Focus Across the curriculum
Eligibility  2.5 GPA
Terms Semester, Academic Year
Language of Instruction German, some courses in English
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The University of Bern is located in the Swiss German-speaking city of Bern. With around 16,000 students, it is a medium-sized university. Aside from the programs and courses offered, the attractions of the university include Bern's central location and quality of life, which is rated as one of the highest in the world.


Academics

This exchange program is open to students of all majors. The main language of instruction at the University of Bern is German, although there are also a limited number of course offerings in English, mainly in the school of business and in the English department.  The University of Bern also offers credit-bearing German language courses at the intermediate and advanced levels. (Note: beginning German classes are not available at the University of Bern). Proficiency in German is required for students who wish to take German-language coursework on this exchange program.  For students planning to take all English-language coursework, at least a basic knowledge of German is highly recommended.


Accommodation

Students in this program may choose to stay in University residences or a shared apartment or flat. There are three halls of residence at the University that exchange students are able to live in. Many rooms are single occupancy, but doubles are also available.

Apartment shares are also available to students in this program. It is common in Bern to rent a room in a group apartment. Many people enjoy the social aspect, but it is also a good way to lower accommodation costs. Should you prefer independent accommodation or an apartment-share, please consult the list of private accommodation provided by the Students' Union. Please note that the number of reasonably-priced, short-term rooms and flats is limited

Bern


Student Life and Surroundings

Located in Bern, a historic city of 137,000, the University of Bern offers students access to one of the most historic and modern cities in the world.  This mixture of old and new makes Bern a particularly charming city. On top of this, a recent study done by an international consulting firm rated Bern – together with Vienna – the capital with the highest quality of life.  Students  have the opportunity to take advantage of Switzerland’s efficient public transportation and see all the country has to offer.  Not to mention the Alps are in your backyard.

Bern


Cost of Attendance, Financial Aid, and Scholarships

Exchange programs are affordable study abroad options that allow students to pay UW-W tuition while studying abroad.  As with all approved study abroad programs, UW-W financial aid can be used on this program.  Eligible students are encouraged to apply for the Wisconsin Grant for Study Abroad, and UW-W and external study abroad scholarships are available.

UW-W tuition, as well as the Global Experiences Application Fee and CISI international insurance, are billed to the student’s UW-W account.  Other expenses are paid individually (e.g. living expenses) or to the host university (e.g. accommodation).


Estimated Cost of Attendance (per semester)


  UW-Whitewater Bern Exchange
Tuition $3,789* $3,789*
Housing $1,568 - $2,680  
Meals $1,600 $2,000
Other Living Expenses $1,800 $3,000
Global Experiences Administrative Fees $0 $275
CISI International Insurance $0 $170
Travel Documents $0 $530
Round Trip Flight $0 $1,200
Total Cost of Attendance $8,757 - $9,869 $

*2013-14 UW-W tuition for in-state residents. Non-residents are subject to UW-W non-resident tuition rates.  Tuition rates are subject to change each academic year.


Passport and Visa Requirements

Students staying in Switzerland for a period longer than 90 days are required to obtain a Student Visa. Please note that a period of at least 8 weeks is required for the issue of your student visa. Students staying in the city of Bern must visit the Migration Office in Bern within 14 days of arrival to apply for a residence permit. You need a valid passport and student visa at this time to register.


Key Dates


Term Application Deadline Term Dates
Academic Year March 15th Mid September to late May
Fall Semester March 15th Mid September to late December
Spring Semester October 1st Mid February to late May


Contacts

CGE Exchange Coordinator:
Mikaela Auerbach
Center for Global Education
Office: Hyland 1227
Tel:  262-472-5379 (direct)
         262-472-5759 (appointments)
Email: auerbacm@uww.edu

UW-W Faculty Exchange Advisor:
Matthew Lange
Associate Professor, German
Dept. of Languages and Literatures
Office: Laurentide 3108
Tel: 262-472-1065
Email: langem@uww.edu

UW-W Faculty Exchange Advisor:
John McGuigan
Associate Professor, English
Dept. of Languages and Literatures
Office: Laurentide 3235
Tel: 262-472-5057
Email: mcguigaj@uww.edu


 

Location

Center for Global Education
Hyland Hall, Suite 1227
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
809 West Starin Road
Whitewater, WI 53190

Contact the Center

Phone: 262-472-5759
Fax: 262-472-1491
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Information Sessions

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Wednesdays: 1:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 1:30 p.m.