University of Bern

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the first UniBE International newsletter

UniBE International is launching a quarterly newsletter. Our aim is to highlight international news, events, exchange possibilities, research partnerships and our international collaborations, such as The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities.

This newsletter goes to colleagues who work with us on international issues but is open to everyone. Please forward this newsletter to anyone who could be interested in international aspects of the University of Bern and The Guild.

This newsletter is about you just as much as it is about us. We would like to introduce features from all parts of the University of Bern that have connections with all corners of the world. Please get in touch with your suggestions, news and stories to help us develop this newsletter into a meaningful exchange of ideas.

Subscribe to the UniBE International newsletter

My international journey

Virginia Richter

The newly appointed Vice Rector for Development, Professor Virginia Richter, is Chair of Modern English Literature and Director of the Department of English. She has a very international background that includes stays in Munich, Canterbury, Edinburgh and Göttingen, before her path led her to Bern. What does international life and research at the University of Bern mean to her?

Read the interview here

International networks

The Guild: A family of European Universities

The University of Bern is a member of The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities. The Guild is a network of 21 universities with an excellent research track record, such as the University of Bern. Since Switzerland is currently not associated to Horizon Europe, Guild membership offers a way for the University of Bern to be involved in the making of Europe’s research and education policy.

Find out more
The Guild membership explained

One Health summer school: “hidden players in the food chain”

The Interfaculty Research Cooperation (IRC) One Health ran its summer school for Bachelor and Master students for the second time. How could the healthy, young daughter of a family of farmers from the Camargue suddenly fall ill with cancer? This was the question that the 18 participants from 15 different countries investigated by exploring the interconnections between environmental, human and animal health.

Find out more

New website for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships

UniBE International launched a new website to explain the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists. If you receive a request from an applicant to become their supervisor, the new website has a useful FAQ section.

Discover the new website

Since 1961, the Swiss government has supported 676 PhD students, postdocs and artists who came to study at the University of Bern. Find out more about the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships in the video below.

What are Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships?

Our globetrotters


Valentine Schmid studies pharmaceutical sciences in Bern. She went on an exchange semester at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Read the interview


Klára Fišerová came to Bern to study social anthropology. She joined us from the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Read the interview

Virtual Exchanges: A new form of international online teaching

The University of Bern is trialling virtual exchanges with partner institutes abroad. They involve co-taught modules that are attended online by students from both universities. The format provides a space for a shared learning experience. A call for proposals for a new round of virtual exchange seminars is now open, with a deadline of 15 November 2021.

Find out more

New partner university

The University of Bern has 43 partner universities outside Europe. The newest addition for student exchanges is Birzeit University in Palestine.

Discover our partner universities

International research funding

Horizon Europe: a hill start is still a start

Maddalena Tognola, head of the Grants Office at the University of Bern, wrote an open letter to our researchers: she urges researchers not to hold off applying for funding because of the uncertainty surrounding the Swiss association to Horizon Europe. There is a range of opportunities for researchers at the University of Bern to participate in Horizon Europe projects. Speak to Maddalena and her team to learn more about how you can participate in the upcoming calls.

Read Maddalena’s letter

Fund your PhD research abroad

With UniBE Doc.Mobility, the University of Bern supports PhD students who would like to study and research at a university abroad for up to 12 months. The financial support you will receive comes in the form of an employment contract as a doctoral student. Only students without funding from the SNSF are eligible. There are two application rounds per year. The next deadline is 1 March 2022.

Find out more

Upcoming Events

Online Welcome Coffee Breaks

Have you recently joined the University of Bern? The Welcome Center is holding online coffee breaks, which are a great opportunity to ask questions and share experiences in an informal setting.

12 October 2021
9 November 2021
7 December 2021

Sign up here

University of Bern at a Glance

This is an event aimed at all new members of staff to introduce them to the University of Bern. You will learn about the organisational structure of the university and get introduced to useful points of contacts.

Date: 8 November 2021

Sign up here

Intercultural Learning in Switzerland

All degree-seeking international students who have joined us from a partner university are welcome to join MILSA, the Mentoring Intercultural Learning through Study Abroad programme.

Date of first event:
26 November 2021

The signup deadline for the MILSA inbound programme for 2021/22 is 31 October 2021.

Sign up here

Did you know?

Did you know that of our 580 professors and 7600 researchers 50% are international? As a community, we are a melting pot of over 120 nationalities.

International University of Bern - swiss university video
Email iconWebsite iconTwitter iconYouTube iconLinkedIn icon

Copyright (C) University of Bern. All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp