6 – 17 August 2018, Bern, Switzerland
Application and Fees
Who may apply?
Bachelor students (national and international) in semesters 4-6 (must have completed their fourth semester by August 2018). They must be at least 18 years of age, be enrolled in a natural sciences, economics, social sciences, law or related university degree program and possess a keen interest in the topic of climate change.
Level of English
Given the interactive nature of the International Bachelor Summer School, participants are expected to have at least B2 level English. However, we do not require a formal English language certificate.
Housing and Leisure Time
Accommodation will be provided in the student residence Fellergut run by the Bernese Student Lodging Association. It is a five-minute train ride from Bern’s main railway station and from the university, or 20 minutes by bike (rental bike Bern).
The rooms in the student residence will be available from 4-19 August 2018. You will be sent a code, which will grant you access to a key box with your room key. All rooms are single rooms with a shared kitchen and a shared bathroom; each room has a washbasin.
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: 370 CHF
The social program includes a broad spectrum of activities, such as experiencing a typically Swiss “Apéro”, exploring Bern’s old city center on foot, going for a swim or renting a bike, just to mention a few.
The annual Buskers Bern Street Music Festival is a very special highlight and the biggest festival of its kind in Switzerland. The festival dates for 2018 are 9-11 August when festivalgoers will have the chance to watch and listen to street artists from more than 20 countries and enjoy some delicious food & drinks while soaking up the unique festival atmosphere.
Additional Social Events
Participants who register for our day-trip will have the opportunity to become acquainted with some real Swiss traditions and specialties, including a visit to the Kambly cookie factory and an attempt at some cookie baking and decorating. Needless to say, this experience will involve plenty of chocolate! After a leisurely hike to Langnau, the group of participants will be introduced to how the famous Swiss Emmental cheese is produced. The day-trip to the romantic Emmental valley will be wrapped up with some delicious cheese-tasting.
Cost: 80 CHF
Other Practical Details
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
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.