Prospective students Information for refugees

Compass UniBE – university preparation for refugee students

Compass UniBE is a two-semester university preparation program for refugees who are aiming to study at the University of Bern.

Over the course of a year, you will acquire academic skills and basic academic competencies and prepare yourself linguistically, professionally and organizationally for possible admission to a course of study at the University of Bern. After successfully completing the Compass UniBE university preparation program, you have the opportunity to apply for admission to a regular course of study.

Target group

Refugees (status B, F, N or S) with at least a foreign upper secondary school-leaving certificate (Matura) and good knowledge of German (level B1), who are highly motivated to prepare for admission to study at the University of Bern over a period of one year. (May be subject to further conditions of participation)  

Program duration

Mid-August 2023 to July 2024.
Compass UniBE lasts two semesters; the program starts in the fall semester. The exact dates will be announced.


Applications for the Compass UniBE 2023/24 university preparation program are open from February 1, 2023 to April 30, 2023. The link to the registration form can be found under Application.

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