Semester Dates and Deadlines Events

Introductory days

In the following presentation (15 minutes, in German) you will receive general information about the university: You will be welcomed by the Rector, you will be given various facts & figures about UniBE and the services offered by the Student Union of the University of Bern (SUB) and finally the various information and counseling services will introduce themselves with short statements.

Dear New Students

Where can I register for my courses? How should I organize my studies? And what does the University of Bern have to offer me alongside my course of study? If you have these and other questions you would like answers to, then visit the introductory courses in the week before the semester begins.

Einführungstage für Erstsemestrige der Universität Bern

The introductory days 2021 are taking place from September 13 to 17.

Due to the still virulent coronavirus pandemic, unfortunately not all events can be held in the context of face-to-face meetings, but are also offered as digital alternatives. You can attend:

  • the introductory workshops for bachelor students (DIGITAL)
    The introductory workshop will be held digitally this year (13 - 16 September 2021).
    During a half-day introductory workshop you will receive practical information and tips which will help you to successfully start your studies.
  • the freshers' day for first-year students bachelor and masters' degree (IN-PERSON and DIGITAL)
    Friday, 17 September 2021
    On the freshers' day for first-year students you will receive all the necessary information about your subjects and learn more about our university.

On Friday, september 17, the freshers' day for first-year students gives an introduction to studying at the University of Bern. He should give answers to open questions about the study and help to find his way around the University of Bern:

  • The university introduces itself by video: You'll receive general information about your studies, about the University of Bern, and about the services offered by the Student Union (SUB).
  • You will receive subject-specific information directly from the faculties and institutes of your major and minor in introductory events on-site or as live Zoom sessions.
  • You'll also have the opportunity to get to know the university campus student groups at the student groups virtual campus event (on 13 September online at, only in German).

The daily schedule with detailed information on the introductory events and the university city map are compiled in the booklet «Leporello 2021». Use this overview to put together your individual daily programme.

We would also like to point out that all face-to-face events will take place in compliance with the valid hygiene and distance regulations. Compliance with these rules is the personal responsibility of each individual. A general obligation to wear a mask applies from the time of entry into the university buildings and in all indoor rooms.


Are you starting your bachelor's degree program at the University of Bern this semester and wondering if you are well prepared for this new chapter in your life? The preparation workshop provides you with lots of practical tips, so that you will be well equipped for the start of the first semester. The University of Bern recommends that all first semester students (completing the bachelor’s degree program) attend the workshop.

Event information

Date Online from September 13, 2021
Venue Access the ILIAS course here
Event time
The digital workshop can be attended at any time.
Duration of the event  3 to 4 hours
Course language German (lecture documents available in German, French and English)
Notes Participation is free.
On Thursday morning, September 16, the organisations will be available to answer your questions at Zoom meetings.
Organizer Vice-Rectorate Teaching
Involved organisations Synapso - Center of Learning and Memory (only in German)

Counselling Centre Universities of Bern

Students' Union of the University of Bern (SUB) (only in German)

Teaching Administration Systems (TAS)

Support Center for ICT-Aided Teaching and Research (iLUB)


Topic Content
Learning strategies for studying
  • Tips for a fit brain
  • Strategies for dealing with a lot of learning material
  • Benefit optimally from lectures and seminars
Suggestions for good stress management
  • Less stress with good time management
  • Regenerate and recover sustainably
  • Deal with stress productively through a positive mindset
From students to students: tips for the start of the semester
  • Practical tips from students for a good start into everyday life at the university (campus, UNICARD, etc.)
  • Get to know the student representation and its services
Introduction to the Core Teaching System (CTS)
  • Register successfully for courses and exams
  • Plan your studies and keep track with CTS
Introduction to the learning platform ILIAS
  • Easily access courses and teaching materials
  • Discover helpful tools for studying