For school leavers and students studying at Ukrainian universities
Are you currently enrolled at a university in Ukraine?
We offer you an opportunity to continue your studies if your course is taught at the University of Bern and if you have the requisite language skills. Please note that the Bachelor’s degree programs are primarily conducted in German. Some of the Master’s degree programs are run partially or entirely in English.
1 – 2 semesters as an exchange student
Under a simplified admission process, you have the option to continue studying for your degree as an exchange student. You can then attend courses and take exams without having to pay tuition fees. However, the status of "exchange student" is limited to two semesters. It will not be possible to graduate with this status at the University of Bern.
Human and dental medicine are generally limited in study places. Admission as an exchange student in these study programmes is only possible for students who have been granted status S in Switzerland.
Detailed information on the admission process as an exchange student can be found here:
The University of Bern offers a preparation year for university studies on Bachelor's level. The preparation year is designed to qualify participants for admission to a bachelor's degree program at the University of Bern. It is free of charge. The successful completion of the preparation year, including proof of German language proficiency at level C1, entitles the participants to admission to a Bachelor's program at the University of Bern.
If you intend to study for a regular degree course (from autumn semester 2022) at the University of Bern, we refer you to the admission requirements for applicants with international high school leavers‘ certificates or degrees. Please take note of the registration deadlines:
German course at the Language Center of the University of Bern
The Language Center of the University of Bern offers an intensive German course from 22.8.22 until 15.9.2022. The starting level is B1.2 / B2.1. Ukrainian students have priority in enrolment.
"You should see their faces”: Advising Ukrainian students at the University of Bern
Tetyana Fedorchuk works as an intern at UniBE International. Her job is to advise students who fled to Switzerland and are interested in continuing their studies at the University of Bern. As Ukrainian, she can greet the newcomers in their mother tongue. In this role, she is confronted with many personal, cultural and administrative challenges.
Student mentors wanted!
The Student Union of the University of Bern (SUB) has set up a mentoring program where students at the University of Bern can register for a "buddy system" to look after Ukrainian exchange students. Having a buddy helps exchange students a lot with settling into university life in Bern.
Register as a mentor here.
Erasmus Student Network Bern - buddy system and language cafes
The Erasmus Student Network Bern (ESN) wants to support any Ukrainian, especially students, with the intent to have them in contact with their buddy system. The buddy system will match Ukrainians who wish to access local volunteers (buddies). The buddies will then provide help in many areas: from city discovery to integration, from language understanding to socialization. Furthermore, the ESN organizes the Language Cafés. These are intent to be a friendly space where anybody can come to bring its own language and learn a new one.
For general information, the language cafés and for a volunteer engagement please write to email@example.com.
For the buddy system please visit https://bern.esn.ch/buddy-system.
Language Café: https://ti.to/esn-bern/language-cafes
Free translator services
A Slavic scholar and historian of Eastern Europe offers free services as a translator and interpreter. She speaks Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, English, French and German (mother tongue). Please get in touch with Lenka Fehrenbach from UniBE International, who will put you in touch with her: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Eastern European Studies programme of the universities Bern and Fribourg are building a network of people to support Ukrainian, Russian and Belarusian students who are affected by the war. They offer support for refugees, such as with translations and administrative processes. Would you like to volunteer or are you looking for help? Please get in touch with us: email@example.com.