There is more to Switzerland than mountains and chocolate – apart from splendid tourist attractions, visitors can discover an excellent place to live, work and study. Located in the heart of Europe, the country offers an exciting culture mix, breath taking landscapes and excellent career opportunities.
Switzerland also stands for a high quality of life and a safe living environment. Swiss hospitality and discretion makes a stay in this small country most enjoyable. The Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) is situated in the canton of Bern which hosts the Swiss capital of the same name. The BFH comprises six departments in various locations in Bern, Biel/Bienne, Burgdorf, Magglingen/ Maccolin and Zollikofen.
The Swiss education system is enriched by its diversity, each of the 26 cantons being responsible for all aspects of education in its territory. The first nine years, comprising a primary and a secondary cycle (secondary level I), are mandatory. Students then can choose to continue their studies at secondary level II either in academic upper secondary schools, specialised middle schools or in vocational training. Tertiary education is provided by both the traditional universities, including the cantonal universities and the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and Lausanne, and the universities of applied sciences (UAS). While traditional universities focus mainly on pure research, the universities of applied sciences emphasise applied research. The master programmes offered by universities of applied sciences differ from those of traditional universities through their clear practical orientation which provides valuable experience gained through projectrelated education. Although the country’s official languages are German, French, Italian and Romansh, students can find numerous courses held in English. As a matter of fact, English is the first language for business and research in Switzerland, something which makes it easy for English speakers to settle down in this country. The possibility of acquiring one of a wide range of diplomas and certificates shows the priority Switzerland puts on education. Numerous schools, institutes and universities emphasise the value of lifelong learning in Switzerland.
The Department of Engineering and Information Technology pursues an active international strategy. International partners are located all over the world: mainly in Europe, but also in the USA, Canada, China, Australia and South Africa to mention but a few. International partnerships cover both research and teaching activities. Graduate students can take advantage of international agreements between the department and other internationally recognized institutions to apply for a master and, in some cases, for a PhD programme in English-, French-, or Germanspeaking countries.
Automotive Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Micro and
Biomedical Technology; Information Technology
Master of Science in Engineering (in cooperation with the Department Architecture,
Wood and Civil Engineering and other Swiss UASs); Master of Science in Biomedical
Engineering (in cooperation with the University of Bern)
Mobile information society; human interface technologies; energy, transport, mobility,
and production technology