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Introductory days

Dear new students

To ensure the best possible preparation for the start of your studies, the University of Bern is organising introductory days from September 9 to 11, 2020. These days consist of a half-day preparation workshop (Bachelor) on Wednesday or Thursday and a freshers' day (Bachelor / Master) on Friday. Participate and receive all the necessary information as well as helpful tips for your studies at the University of Bern!

Einführungstage für Erstsemestrige der Universität Bern

The introductory days 2020 are taking place from September 9 to 11.

Note: At the moment we assume that the Introductory days can take place as planned. If the implementation should not be possible due to the further development of the Corona pandemic, we will inform you in good time.

Are you just about to start your bachelor's degree program at the University of Bern 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 September 9/10, 2020
Registration deadline September 2, 2020
Course language German (lecture documents available in German, French and English)
Venue Unitobler, Lerchenweg 36, 3012 Bern
Notes Participation is free. Places are limited.
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)


 Please register by September 2, 2020 for one of the following times:


Topic Content
Learning strategies for studies
  • Tips for a fit brain
  • Strategies for dealing with a lot of learning material
  • Optimal profit from lectures and seminars
Suggestions for successful studies
  • Organization and time management
  • Exam preparation and coping strategies
  • Well-being and social networking
Financial aspects of the studies
  • Study and work
  • Support services (social funds, housing and job placement, free entry, etc.)
Introduction to the Core Teaching System (CTS)
  • Course and exam registration
  • Study planning and overview
Introduction to the learning platform ILIAS
  • Access to course material
  • Access to courses and working groups
  • Online tools for collaboration

Student orientation kit

In the student orientation kit on the ILIAS electronic learning platform, you find the course lecture documents (available in German, French and English) as well as helpful information and materials which will help you when you start studying. You can register here from the beginning of September 2020 using your Campus Account.

To supplement the preparation workshop, the University of Bern offers first-year bachelor students two in-depth workshops on the topics of “Learning Strategies” and “Time Management and Stress Management”.

The workshops will be conducted by the Vice-Rectorate Teaching in cooperation with Synapso (only in German), the University of Bern’s Center of Learning and Memory, and take place in the spring semester 2021. Further information on the workshops will be available from early 2021.