General information

Application and Fees

Who can apply?

The International Bachelor and master Summer School is open to bachelor and master students of all disciplines. We invite applications from candidates in the arts and humanities, natural sciences and social sciences - as well as those doing their studies in law, media or policy - who focus on the relationship between environment and society.
Applicants should be fluent in English. 
Participation is limited to a maximum of 35.

English level

Given the interactive nature of the summer school, participants are expected to have at least B2 level English. However, we do not require a formal English language certificate. Participants will though be required to give a presentation and to actively take part in the discussions.

ECTS Credits

Participants having successfully completed the Summer School will receive a certificate of attendance and can obtain 5 ECTS points. 1 ECTS correspond to 25 – 30 hours of work, consisting of preparatory work, full participation in the course and possibly a form of examination. Acknowledgement of the ECTS points in the study programs at home institutions is the responsibility of the participants.


Early Bird fee: 500 CHF
Regular fee: 550 CHF
Included in the price: Fee for course and course material, field trips, two “apéro riche”.


University of Bern

Housing and Sports


Accommodation will be provided in the student residence Wankdorf run by the Bernese Student Lodging Association. It is a 13-minute train ride from Bern’s main railway station and from the university, or 20 minutes by bike (rental a bike or PubliBike).
The rooms in the student residence will be available from 15 August 2020. All rooms are single rooms with a shared kitchen and a shared bathroom.
The student residence is fully furnished and include crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils, cleaning material and bedclothes. Internet connection is available via WiFi. Please register your laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc. beforehand. You will receive a relevant form together with your rental agreement.
If you wish to book a room in the student residence, please state this on your application form.
Cost: 580 CHF


The summer school card, you will receive at the registration, grants you access to the infrastructure of the University Sports. Have a look in the course description for Date/Phase: 1 – The summer period.

Other Practical Details


View from the main building of the university. Photo: Pauline Musembi

Bern is easily accessible by train and has its own airport. In addition, there are direct trains from Zurich and Geneva Airport to Bern’s main station. For those travelling via Basel Airport, there is a bus to Basel’s central railway station. The train ride from Basel to Bern takes roughly one hour.
There is no airport pickup service available.


Please make sure you have health and accident insurance.


You are responsible for checking whether you need a visa for Switzerland. Please start the application process early as the visa process will take several weeks to complete.
The University of Bern can issue an invitation letter and a confirmation of payment for you. However, we are unable to offer any individual assistance for the application process.

Costs in General

There are several student cafeterias where you can purchase small snacks and meals. A warm meal costs between 6.60 CHF and 12.60 CHF. If you prefer to cook your own meals, the kitchen in your student residence is equipped with the necessary kitchenware. There will be enough space to store groceries in the fridge. You should expect to spend approximately 25-30 CHF a day on food.

Public Transportation in Bern

Photo: Bern Tourismus

To get around Bern by public transportation you can purchase a LIBERO ticket, which costs approximately 60 CHF (for passengers up to 25 years of age) and 80 CHF (for passengers older than 25 years of age) and is valid for travel in and around Bern.


For questions concerning the content of the summer school course please contact:
Marion Leng and Kirstin Schild

For questions concerning the organization of the summer school please contact:
Lenka Fehrenbach