Academic Calendar

September 12-18, 2022: Orientation (Required)
September 19, 2022: Classes Begin
December 23, 2022: End of Semester & Exam Period

Available Courses

Courses are offered in either High German or English. While exchange students are welcome to take or audit classes in German, course offerings in English include (full list to be finalized later in spring):

International Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Advocacy (Research, Writing, and Advocacy Course)

Introduction to Swiss and International Taxation

International Trade Regulation

European Data Protection Law

Comparative US & Swiss Civil Procedure

International Investment Law

Comparative Election Law

International Courts

Participants in this program who wish to enroll in any course not listed above must contact the Office of Transnational Programs by email to request approval. Participants should not expect to receive credit for courses that are not expressly approved by OTP.

Credits at the University of Bern are awarded using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS.) Credit earned at Bern is calculated in accordance with the ABA’s standard class formula (12.5 hours of class time including exam time, plus 30 hours out of class preparation and studying, per one credit hour.) Students may be asked to verify the number of minutes each course meets in order to confirm the number of Georgetown credits they will receive upon completion of their study abroad program. See the Study Abroad Policy for details.

Courses are assessed by a variety of methods including written exams and papers. Grades are posted based on Bern’s 6 point numeric scale.

Housing & Facilities

The law school is located in the Langgasse area. Although the university itself does not own or provide student housing, it does provide some information about commercial housing options for students.

Students at Bern also have access to the university library facilities.

Most university facilities are wheelchair friendly, with either elevators or stair lifts. The city of Bern, in general, including public transport is also generally accessible.

Estimated Budget

Please reference the below budget which is from a previous year and that will be updated when necessary.

Expense Estimated Budget
Tuition $31,122
Health Insurance $2816
Student Visa $75
Airfare $1200
Room and Board $5000
Books $400
Food $1800
Local Travel & Misc. $1200
Abroad Insurance $60
TOTAL $41,523

Visa information will be made available to admitted students.

Contact for Admitted Students

April Stockfleet