Semester Dates and Deadlines Events

Introductory days

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 2023 are taking place from September 14 to 15.

The introductory days provide an introduction to studying at the University of Bern. They are intended to provide answers to questions about studying and to help you find your way around the university. You can attend::

  • the introductory workshop for bachelor students (DIGITAL)
    The introductory workshop will be held in digital form from the week before the semester begins (from Monday, 11 September). There you will receive practical information and tips that will help you to start your studies successfully. Questions about the course can be clarified live with the participating specialist offices on Thursday, 14 September (online question rounds).
  • the freshers' day for first-year students bachelor and masters' degree on Friday, 15. September 2023 (IN-PERSON)
    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 15, the freshers' day for first-year students provides an introduction to studying, gives a picture of life at and around the University of Bern and offers the opportunity to make first contacts. It is also intended to provide answers to questions about studying and to help you find your way around the university. 

  • First of all, the University introduces itself in a official welcome event with the Rector. You will receive general information about studying, about the services offered by the various university offices, the Student Union (SUB) and the Counseling Service of the Universities of Bern.
  • You will receive subject-specific information directly from the faculties and institutes of your major and minor in introductory events on-site.
  • You will also have the opportunity to get to know the university groups on the Campus Student Groups in UniS.

The daily schedule with detailed information on the introductory events and the university city map are compiled in the booklet «Leporello 2023». Use this overview to put together your individual daily programme.

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 Preparation Workshop is being conducted by the Vice-Rectorate Teaching in cooperation with the following offices / persons:

Event information

Information about the event
Format Online course with exercises and videos
Time required 3 to 4 hours
Course language German (lecture documents are partly available in French and English)
Note Participation is free
Access Click here to access the online course.


Information about the program
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

You can find the flyer (PDF, 763KB) for the Preparation Workshop here (only in German).