September 11-15, 2023: Orientation (Required)
September 18, 2023: Classes Begin
December 22, 2023: End of Semester & Exam Period
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
Introduction to Swiss and International Taxation
International Trade Regulation
European Data Protection Law
Comparative US & Swiss Civil Procedure
International Investment Law
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, plus 30 hours out of class preparation and studying, per one credit hour.) Students may be asked to verify the number of hours 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.
Visa information will be made available to admitted students.