ESC Bern

Welcome Center University of Bern

Advice and information for new international faculty and academic staff

The University Welcome Center offers information and advice to help new faculty and academic staff feel at home in Bern.

Who can use Welcome Center services?

  • Professors and lecturers
  • Post-docs
  • Doctoral students
  • Visiting scholars
  • Applicants for academic positions (e.g., during hiring negotiations)
  • Academic departments

The Welcome Center deals with questions relating to settling in Bern, including living in Bern, medical insurance, child care, schools and learning German. By organizing welcome events, German lessons and intercultural workshops, the Welcome Center helps new arrivals to settle in Bern.

However, the recruiting institutes and the Human Resources Office take care of organizational questions concerning an appointment (work permit, work contract, salary).


Contacting the Welcome Center

We are looking forward to hearing from you. Write us or make a consultation appointment on site. Receiving the following personal information from you will make it easier for us to help you:

  • Your name (indicating Mr/Ms)
  • Nationality
  • Current place of residence (country)
  • Recruiting institute at the University of Bern (and contact person at the institute)
  • Scheduled first day of work and probable lenght of stay
  • Subsequent immigration of family planned (who, how many)


Getting in contact early

Our tip: We recommend that that you contact the Welcome Center three months before your first day at work.

Internationales Büro / Welcome Center
Jasmin Fallahi
Hochschulstrasse 4
3012 Bern

+41 31 631 80 49



Welcome Center University of Applied Sciences

Bern University of Applied Sciences
International Relations Office / Welcome Center
Jolanda Kieliger
Falkenplatz 24
3012 Bern