Bern University of Applied Sciences

  • Bern
  • Biel
  • Burgdorf
  • Magglingen
  • Zollikofen
University of Applied Science

Bern University of Applied Sciences


Students at Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH can study interdisciplinarily and in an international context: teaching and research activities are carried out in the most varied of fields across eight departments, bringing many nationalities into contact.

Diverse but purposeful: BFH students have the opportunity to consider their degree discipline from various perspectives as the university comprises eight departments offering a total of 30 bachelor’s degree programmes and 22 master’s degree programmes. Some of these programmes are unique at universities of applied sciences in the German-speaking part of Switzerland or even across the whole of Switzerland, for example Sports, Agriculture, Wood Technology, Automotive Engineering, Literary Writing as well as Medical Informatics. Thanks to their modular structure, many programmes may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, possibly alongside a job. Bachelor’s programmes usually take three years to complete on a full-time basis.

There are many reasons why you should consider studying at BFH

  • Its moderate size: with just 7,000 students spread across 52 degree programmes, BFH offers a family atmosphere
  • Several languages: BFH is multilingual, our offering includes programmes in German, French and English
  • Good support: BFH helps foreign students to integrate successfully and is involved in the Erasmus Student Network
  • Practical approach: BFH offers superb, practice-oriented links to industry, public institutions, culture and public administration
  • High standard: BFH is a testament to high educational standards in Switzerland and offers some programmes that are unique at a national level
  • Attractive surroundings: BFH is situated in an attractive region in the heart of Switzerland, with the Alps and all major cities within easy reach

Applied research and development

BFH conducts applied research and development, either on behalf of clients or independently with a view to market and employer needs. In so doing, BFH works closely with commercial companies, public institutions, creatives and the culture sector, administrative bodies and society. BFH prioritises around 20 strategic key research areas in which all departments are involved.

Students address this research and development work when writing term papers and final theses. Marketable products often develop out of this work, mainly in cooperation with commercial partners and as spin-offs.

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