Welcome to the University of Bern!
Are you new to the University of Bern or are you currently in the middle of an application or appointment procedure? Do you want to know what awaits you when you move to Switzerland and what you need to do?
We want to simplify this phase of a new start for our researchers and their families and through the Welcome Center, we provide an advisory service concerning "everyday questions" about their new life in Bern. We provide personalized, individual and prompt information and advice.
The Welcome Center's website has a compass function. We briefly address the most urgent matters then refer the people concerned to the relevant services and experts. Our information is as up-to-date as possible. Unfortunately, we cannot always follow up on the most recent developments (i.e. new prices, new regulations etc.)
Our service is open to
- Post-doctoral students
- Doctoral students
- Guest researchers
The Welcome Center deals with questions relating to settling in Bern, including living in Bern, medical insurance, child care, schools and learning German. By organizing welcome events, German lessons and intercultural workshops, the Welcome Center helps new arrivals to settle in Bern.
However, the recruiting institutes and the Human Resources Office take care of organizational questions concerning an appointment (work permit, work contract, salary).
Getting in contact early
We are looking forward to hearing from you. Write to us or make a consultation appointment on site. Receiving the following personal information from you will make it easier for us to help you:
- Your name (indicating "Mr" / "Ms" is helpful)
- Current place of residence (country)
- Recruiting institute at the University of Bern (+ contact person at the institute)
- Scheduled first day of work and probable length of stay
- Subsequent immigration of family planned (who? how many?)
Our tip: Leave plenty of time to plan your move. We recommend that you contact the Welcome Center three months before your first day at work.
Workshops, courses, events
The Welcome Center is organizing several "welcome" receptions, intercultural workshops and German classes for (very) beginners.
Flyer - Welcome Center
German-English, overview and contact detailsFlyer Welcome Center (PDF, 775KB)
International network for researchers and employers
As a "Euraxess Centre" the Welcome Center of the University of Bern is a member of the international network for mobile researchers. Euraxess networks, informs and assists on topics of international mobility, research, career planning and job search (in Switzerland and internationally).