Organizational Matters UNICARD

Validation and Validity

Information for staff

Before using for the first time ... and every semester

For the ID to be valid, the thermally printed strip must be characterized with the study-specific data at one of the numerous validation terminals (=validate). This validation process only takes a few seconds and must be repeated by students at the beginning of every semester.

The following variable data are printed on the validation strip:

  • Category (e.g. student, doctoral student, etc.) or dual role (e.g. student / staff)
  • Registration status “on leave” if on leave
  • Membership of the Student Union of the University of Bern (if yes: “SUB” entry)
  • Membership of a faculty (e.g. WISO)
  • Semester of validity (e.g. fall semester 2015)
  • Period of validity (e.g. until January 31, 2016)
  • Discount code (“S” for students with a dual role)

Before using for the first time, the card must be signed.

When can the card be validated for the coming (paid) semester?

No earlier than 6 working days after payment of the tuition fees and not before August 1 for the fall semester and not before February 1 for the spring semester.

For students with a foreign address, initial validation is performed by the Admissions Office.