Universitaet Bern

City: Berne
Language of instruction: English, German
  • Founded in 1834
  • 8 faculties and 160 institutes
  • 15,000 students
  • Mid-range size among Swiss universities yet it has retained a human dimension and a warm and friendly atmosphere 
  • In 1908, Albert Einstein received his habilitation in physics from this university
  • Home to one of the most renowned and largest law schools in Switzerland 
  • Students are given a choice to study at the Faculty of Law or at the World Trade Institute’s (WTI) Master of International Law and Economics (MILE), a unique programme that combines law, economics and political economy with the aim of understanding international trade regulation
  • Located in the Swiss capital of Berne - West of the centre of Switzerland and 20km north of the Bernese Alps

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Partner university's areas of study


Notes on Language of Instruction

  • Masters of International Law and Economics (MILE) program at the World Trade Institute (WTI) courses are taught in English
  • Studies at the Faculty of Law are based on the new Bologna Model
  • Majority of courses are German-taught - Students with a B2 level may take these courses (To determine your level, please self-assess using the European Language Portfolio Global Scale)
  • 4-5 courses or seminars taught in English every term


Terms offered

Term 1

Who can go?

  • LAW students only

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Mid September to late December


  • Students are only permitted to attend term 1
  • Students may select either the first or second term of the MILE for their study abroad, an English program which attracts 25-35 international students per year (More information can be found here)
Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits 

Passing grade

4 or E

Grading scheme

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Course information and restrictions

  • Explore lectures here
  • Curriculum covers a wide range of introductory courses on private, criminal, public, commercial, public international and European law
  • International law courses or seminars are mainly taught in English (4-5 courses per term)
  • Several specialised institutes add to the reputation of the University by publishing research, organising conferences and offering topical courses to students
  • Proximity to the Federal Government adds another benefit to studying in Bern
  • The World Trade Institute (WTI) is a centre of advanced studies and forum of interdisciplinary research and teaching in international trade law and trade economics, fostering interaction between students and professionals

Full course load information

  • Maximum of 12 UBC credits (please note: you will not have an option to take additional coursework and will only receive 12 UBC credits if you successfully complete each course)

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

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Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • Accommodations available: see link below

Information on Accommodation

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