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Exchange (Bilateral) Switzerland: University of Bern
Bern, Switzerland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Restrictions: UW-Whitewater applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2017 03/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 ** 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 and Foreign Language
Housing Options:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Areas of Study:
Accounting, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Economics, French, German, International Business, Literature, Math/Statistics, Physics
Target Language:
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.


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.  For a listing of courses at University of Bern, click here.


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


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.


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)

Billed by UW-Whitewater  
Tuition* 3,824
Application/Administration Fee 225
Contingency Fee 50
CISI Insurance 136
Subtotal $4,235
Additional Estimated Expenses  
Round-Trip Airfare 1,200
Passport and Passport Photos 150
Student Visa and Residence Permit 250
Accommodation** 3,300
Meals 2,000
Books/supplies 300
Personal/Miscellaneous 1,500
Subtotal $8,700
Total*** $12,935
*2016-17 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.

**Accommodation is an estimate; individual options may vary

***For comparison, the UW-W Financial Aid office estimates the cost of attendance on the UW-Whitewater campus for one semester to be $9,292

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


CGE Exchange Coordinator:
Milliam Lor
Center for Global Education
Office: Hyland 1227
Tel:  262-472-5379 (direct)
        262-472-5759 (appointments)

UW-W Faculty Exchange Advisor:
Dr. Ellen Boldt
College of Language and Literatures
Office: Laurentide 3106
Tel: 262-472-1064

UW-W Faculty Exchange Advisor:
Dr. John McGuigan
College of Languages and Literatures
Office: Laurentide 3235
Tel: 262-472-5057