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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 11 to 13, 2019. These days consist of a preparation workshop (Bachelor) and a freshers' day (Bachelor / Master). 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 2019 are taking place from September 11 to 13.

First-year bachelor students will be offered additional in-depth workshops to further their academic skills during their first academic year.

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Bern soon!

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 day also gives a picture of life at and around the university and offers the opportunity to make initial contacts.

After the official welcome by the Rector, introductory events in the faculties and institutes are on the agenda. In addition to the introduction to the study, it is possible to get to know the different university groups.

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 attend the preparation workshop.


Learning strategies

In this module, you will learn specific learning and memory strategies which will make it easier for you to deal with the large quantity of subject matter during your studies. During this process, you will be given some practical tips on how to benefit most from lecture courses and seminars, amongst other things. 

Suggestions for successful studies

Studying brings new challenges with it. Here, you are given helpful tips on how to overcome them in practical terms. Among other things, you can find out how you can optimize your time management and stress management or how you can overcome unpleasant dwindling motivation and fear of exams. In this module, you will also get to know a selection of useful services for your daily studies (accommodation and job platform, legal advice, etc.).

Organizing your studies

To make sure that you are perfectly prepared for the organizational area of your studies, we naturally take a look at the frequently used platforms KSL (registration for courses and exams etc.) and ILIAS (teaching and learning platform).


Please register by September 4, 2019 for one of the following times:

Event information

Date September 11/12, 2019
Registration deadline September 4, 2019
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

Counselling Centre Universities of Bern

Students‘ Union of the University of Bern (SUB)

Teaching Administration Systems (TAS)

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

Student orientation kit

In the student orientation kit on the ILIAS electronic learning platform, you will find in the run-up to 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 end of August using your Campus Account.

Bachelor students from the University of Bern can take part in workshops on the topics of «Learning Strategies» and «Time and Stress Management» in the 2019 spring semester. Attend and you will benefit in your daily studies from the knowledge acquired!

The workshops will be conducted by the Vice-Rectorate Teaching in cooperation with Synapso, the University of Bern’s Center of Learning and Memory.

Dates several times during the 2019 spring semester (cf. dates below)
Registration deadline until 2 days before the event
Course language German
Venue Unitobler, Lerchenweg 36, 3012 Bern
Note participation is free of charge. The number of participants is limited.

Make the most of your time: learn in a clever way rather than a lot!

Effective learning strategies for daily studies

While we are studying, our brains are confronted with huge amounts of new information which has to be processed, memorized and recalled quickly. In this 90-minute workshop, you will get to know effecting learning strategies with which you can help your brain to learn. In the first part of the workshop, you will learn how to read texts quickly and successfully grasp the most important aspects during this process (speed reading & SQ3R method). In the second part of the workshop, learning and memory strategies such as, for example, the Loci or PEG method, are familiarized and practiced. 

Register for one of the following dates: 

  • Friday, March 15, 2019, 2.15-3.45 p.m. (the registration deadline has expired)
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6.15-7.45 p.m. (the registration deadline has expired)
  • Monday, March 25, 2019, 12.15-1.45 p.m. Register here

Stress-free studying

Time and stress management 

Many students report experiencing negative stress during their studies. It doesn’t have to be like that! With good time management skills, you can counter overextension and stress. You benefit from greater well-being and contentment. In this 90-minute workshop, you will get to know tried and tested principles and effective techniques, with which you can get your time management and goals under control. You will find out how to tackle the problem of procrastination and what a helpful study and learning plan can look like. Avoid frustration and stress through good goal management and time management!

Register for one of the following dates: