Before commencing your studies in Switzerland, some preparation is necessary. First of all, you need to take care of the Swiss entry formalities for students from abroad, especially from non-EU countries.
The links below provide detailed information on the following topics:
• Residence permit
• Proof of financial support
• Insurance coverage
As a student at one of our partner universities, you can spend an exchange semester at HKB. As a HKB student you have the opportunity to complete part of your studies abroad or to do an internship in a foreign country.
Incoming students – exchange semester at HKB
Please obtain detailed information about the HKB degree programme you are interested in and contact the International Office at your home university at an early stage to plan an exchange semester. Discuss your study plans with the International Office and the head of the degree programme at your home university and record these plans in your Learning Agreement. This should guarantee that your academic achievements will be recognised by your home university after your studies abroad.
As soon as we have received your application, we will decide on your admission. You will then be informed about the decision and the next steps. As a rule, HKB makes admission decisions within one month. Commitments are only given for the coming semester. Please note that HKB always receives many more applications than there are available places, and therefore only a small number of applicants have the opportunity to complete a SEMP exchange semester at HKB. An application therefore does not automatically lead to an exchange study placement at HKB.
The Swiss European Mobility Programme (SEMP)
The Erasmus+ programme does not apply in the case of Switzerland. Instead, the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) is available to Swiss universities. This allows students of European partner universities the possibility of studying at Bern University of the Arts for a period of 1 – 2 semesters. Exchange students are exempted from all course fees at HKB. The SEMP scholarship is paid per semester and amounts to 1900 CHF or 2200 CHF depending on the country of origin (see below). There are additional funds for people with special needs for the organisation of their SEMP exchange stay.
SEMP scholarships by country of origin:
DK, FI, IS, IE, LI, LU, NO, SE, UK = CHF 1900 / Semester
Our undergraduate (Bachelor) courses are taught in German or French. We recommend a German or French level B2. Our graduate (Master) courses are taught in English or German (basic German knowledge favorable).
Please find more information the language of instruction on the individual degree programme’s website under «Study language».
The student must complete the online application form. (Note: You must first register on the website by choosing a login and password. The password must include lower and upper case letters, numbers and special characters and must be at least 8 characters long.)
The following documents must be submitted with the online application:
Letter of motivation in the language of instruction for the degree programme (see website)
Transcript of Records
Portfolio/audio recordings (Please send this directly by email or, if the data volume is too large, via WeTransfer to the International Office at HKB)
Application deadlines for an exchange semester at HKB
Application deadline for the following autumn semester: 15 April
Application deadline for the following spring semester: 15 November
Please note that music students can only apply once a year (deadline: 15 April) for the coming autumn semester.
The International Office at your own university will help you to prepare for an exchange semester and to establish contact with HKB. Exchange students remain enrolled at their home university and pay tuition fees there. At the end of the exchange semester, the students receive confirmation of their academic achievements at HKB in the form of a Transcript of Records.
You will find all the information you need to prepare for your exchange semester at HKB (e.g. on Swiss entry requirements, insurance, accommodation and costs) under the following links:
We recommend that you register with the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) before you leave for Switzerland. The ESN is a Europe-wide student organisation that helps exchange students integrate socially and personally. This includes welcome parties, events, excursions and personal support during your stay. Upon request, exchange students can also be picked up at the airport upon arrival. As a SEMP exchange student, you also have the option of being assigned a mentor (a student from Bern). The mentor will be available to you during your stay to answer your questions or help clear up any issues that might arise. ESN supports exchange students in all matters and can help make your arrival easier and your stay more pleasant and fun.
The portfolio can be submitted in digital or analogue form. It must provide a detailed overview of your artistic work and document your development to date. We attach great importance to work that has been produced on your own initiative. The portfolio must include a text explaining your reasons and goals for studying at HKB and outlining your artistic interests.
It is not possible to apply for an exchange semester as part of the Bachelor Multimedia Production at the HKB. Students interested in doing an exchange semester should ask the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons whether an application in Chur is possible.
The portfolio should be written in German and can be submitted in digital or analogue form. It should include work from all areas of your academic and, if applicable, extracurricular activities. Since the bachelor programme focuses on a broad spectrum of applications and media, including a wide-ranging field of applications in your portfolio works to your advantage. It is also important to us that you present the entire process for some works, and not just the end product. We would like to see a clear declaration of the working conditions involved, such as a brief description of the project, its duration and its scope.
The portfolio should give an overview of your artistic and creative work and should clearly demonstrate your interest in art education. It can be submitted in digital or analogue form. The letter of motivation should state the reasons why you wish to do an exchange semester in the Art Education programme at HKB.
The portfolio can be submitted in digital or analogue form. It should contain the following elements:
- Results and documentation of selected projects from your bachelor thesis, commissioned projects (freelance or as an employee) and research projects
- Information on the development of your projects
- Comments on your projects.
- Letter of motivation: Indicate which field of study you wish to pursue – Design Entrepreneurship or Design Research – and why you are interested in doing a master in Design at HKB (max. 500 words).
- Short description of the design project or design research project you wish to develop during your exchange (max. 500 words).
The portfolio can be submitted digitally by email or via internet platforms such as YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo or WeTransfer.
- For composers from all areas, the portfolio should include a representative selection of your own musical-artistic works.
- For performers, it should include audio recordings of works from the contemporary repertoire and videos (if available).