One Health International Bachelor and Master Summer School 2023

General Information

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Application and Fees


Who may apply?

Bachelor students (national and international) in semesters 4-6 (must have completed their fourth semester by August 2023). They must be at least 18 years of age and be enrolled in a natural sciences Bachelors programme. Likewise, Master students with a background in natural sciences (national and international) must have completed their first year by August 2023.

The number of participants is limited. We aim to have a lively, international and interdisciplinary group of participants with a balanced number of students from all of the listed disciplines and from different countries. All complete applications will be reviewed after the Early Bird deadline of 15 April, and candidates will be informed by the end of April if their application was successful. Complete applications that have been submitted after 15 April and before the final deadline of 15 May will be reviewed after 15 May to fill places that are still free. These candidates will be informed by the end of May if their application was successful.   


The One Health International Bachelor and Master Summer School is kindly supported and subsidized by UniBE International.

Early Bird fee: 120 CHF deadline 15 April 2023
Regular fee: 150 CHF deadline 15 May 2023

The registration fee includes three excursions, course participation, one lunch and two “apéro riche”.  The price does not include additional meals, accommodation, travel or insurance.

Travel Grants

The University of Bern is striving to reduce its CO2 emissions as much as possible, whilst maintaining its support for international exchange and cooperation. To this aim, UniBE International is offering financial support to summer school participants who will travel  to Bern without using air travel. Participants not living in Switzerland will be able to apply for a travel grant, worth between 200-550CHF, depending on the country of departure. Further info: TravelGrant2023.pdf

Level of English

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 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points. 2 ECTS correspond to 50 – 60 hours of work, consisting of preparatory work, full participation in the course and giving a short presentation at the end of the week. Acknowledgement of the ECTS points in the study programmes at home institutions other than the University of Bern is the responsibility of the participants.


University of Bern, Switzerland


We will be offering accommodation at Tscharnergut, run by the Bernese Student Lodging Association, located a six-minute train ride from Bern`s main railway station and from the main university buildings or 15 minutes by bike (rental bike Bern). 

All rooms are single rooms with a shared kitchen and a shared bathroom; each room has a washbasin. You will be sent a code, which will grant you access to a key box with your room key.

The student residence is fully furnished and includes 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 from the Bernese Student Lodging Association.

The cost is 270CHF including final cleaning costs. Students can arrive on either the 19 or 20 August and can leave on either the 26 or 27 August 2023.

If you are interested in booking a room in the student residence, please state this on your application form


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.  Click here for further details on Swiss trains, timetables and tickets, including details of daily local travel cards for use on all transportation in Bern. (LIBERO) 

There is no airport pickup service available.

Costs in general

There are several University Bern student cafeterias where you can purchase small snacks and meals. A warm meal costs between 7.20 CHF and 13.50 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.


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.


For questions concerning the content of the summer school course please contact:  
Zoe Bont.  Please note that the programme will not be published till early in 2023 but until then, the 2019 programme will give you a good indication.

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