Degree Programs & Courses Language Courses

Bachelor students

English courses for bachelor students

We try to provide a wide range of courses to suit the different needs and levels of English that are typical for students at bachelor level. Because most students have had 5 or more years of English at school, our courses are at intermediate to advanced level (level B1 to level C1 & above). We do not run any courses at levels A1 to A2.    

All courses open to bachelor students are listed at the bottom of this page. Please note that if you register for a course, you agree to attend regularly (80% of the class) and sit the final examination or participate in any course assessment at the end of the course. You will also be expected to hand in assignments (homework) for your course. The average amount of homework you will be expected to hand in or complete is described as out-of-class workload in each course description.

Who can attend / how to register

Our courses are open to bachelor students who are matriculated to study for a full degree at the University of Bern. International exchange students may attend if they are registered at the University of Bern for an exchange semester. Course places are not offered to students studying at other universities or educational institutions in Switzerland, including the Berner Fachhochschule. None of the courses are open to incoming BENEFRI students, auditors, or staff members.

Students MUST register by contacting the Language Center before they attend a course as the number of places on each course is limited. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

To register, new students must first submit a short placement test. The placement test ensures that students attending a class are at a comparable learning level.  The Language Center does not test students for any other purpose.

Returning students register by sending an email from their campus mail account during the registration period. 

Course levels (B1, B2, C1).  What does this mean?

If you are not familiar with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and the terms B1, B2, C1 used to describe the levels at which our courses are given, please take a look at the self-assessment grid under Find out more. The CEFR is an international standard for describing language ability.

Although levels A1 and A2 (beginner and elementary levels) are described in the grid, we do not offer any courses for students at these levels. 

Your commitment

If you register for a course, you agree to attend regularly (80% of the course) and sit the final examination or participate in any course assessment. Please bear in mind that you will be expected to complete assignments and participate in an examination or course assessment to successfully complete a course and obtain the ECTS credits.

You may officially withdraw or deregister from a course without penalty after the first class by contacting either or the course leader. If this is not done before the second class is held, it is assumed you will complete the course and participate in the course assessment/examination.

If you do not complete your course, you will not be offered another course place/will no longer be able to register for an English course run by the Language Center.