The History Department of the University of Berne welcomes students from foreign countries into its Bachelor-, Master- and PhD programmes, if the authorities of our university accept their degrees or school certificates. Please contact the Admissions Office, to check, whether this is the case. Prospective students are informed that they are expected to be fluent in German and two further languages and that most of the courses are taught in German. Prospective students are pointed to the fact that Latin is required for the Mono degrees and in case you chose to do ancient or medieval history as a subject within a master’s degree.
Early Modern History
Modern and Contemporary History
Economic, Social and Environmental History
Iberian and Latin American History
Furthermore the department participates in the Master of Advanced Studies in Archival and Information Science
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) was created by the European Community to facilitate student mobility and academic exchange between universities in different countries. To help students make the most from their study abroad, ECTS offers an internationally applicable credit system and a common standard of information presentation. Further details about ECTS you'll find on the Erasmus / Sokrates-Website of the European Community or on the International Office of the University of Berne. Please consult as well the website of the Admissions Office.
You will find the current courses in Core Teaching System of the University of Berne in its students and public version.
Bachelor (Bachelor of Arts in History)
It requires a minimum of 6 semesters study of one major subject (120 ECTS) and one minor subject (60 ECTS; it is also possible to combine two minor subjects with 30 ECTS each). It is also possible to study history as Mono-Subject (180 ECTS). Students focus on the two “Epochenschwerpunkte” history before and after 1800, and chose one of them as their main “Epochenschwerpunkt”. For more details on study requirements see our curriculum (SP 05).