Intermediate Staff Association

Coaching / Career Development

The Counselling Center provides informational services and professional counselling for current students and faculty at Bern’s institutions of higher education: the University of Bern, Bern University of Applied Sciences, and the PHBern (teacher education). All services are confidential and free of charge.

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The Human Resources Office refers to a range of different counselling options on offer for employees and executives at the University of Bern.

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The University of Bern is aware that the professional and academic paths of its students and staff are influenced by family, private and job-related circumstances. They are involved not only in their professional field of activity but also, for example, in caring for children, in their partnerships, in caring for relatives and in voluntary work.

As an instrument of specific promotion of early career researchers, mentoring motivates female academics to plan, and resolutely pursue, their academic career. At the University of Bern, mentoring programs are on offer at individual faculties.

The University's career services support BA, MA and PhD students in their transition from studies to professional life.

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The Coordination Office for the promotion of early career researchers supports young academics in their effort to produce outstanding work during their academic career.

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The Language Centre of the University of Bern offers language courses in German as a Foreign Language (DaF) and Academic English (AE). 

As a service the ISW offers general and subject-specific language courses (subject to charge) for multiple languages. It is advisable to register early.


The Welcome Center of the University of Bern provides a selection of language schools in Bern: