Study international at HKB

The Bern University of the Arts (HKB) is an international, multilingual university with students and teachers from over 30 different countries. It is connected with a number of universities abroad, has productions touring in other countries and engages in numerous collaborative projects with international partners. The HKB participates in the Swiss-European Mobility Programme SEMP and, thus, promotes its students` and staff members` mobility.

International Office at HKB

The International Office is the office and support centre for the HKB`s international matters. It secures the university`s participation in international education and research programmes, supports the various divisions in realising their internationalisation and takes care of foreign guests and students.

Incoming Students / ERASMUS

In order to prepare an exchange semester, contact the responsible persons for international concerns at your home university well in advance. Discuss your study plans with the ERASMUS coordinator of your home university and write them down in the Learning Agreement. This is to guarantee that your study achievements will be accredited by your home university after a stay abroad. 

At HKB many of the classes offered are conducted in German. If you undertake courses conducted in German and don't have a reasonable knowledge of German, you could have a problem studying here. Even if you will be attending lectures in English at HKB, a basic knowledge of the German language is recommended to make the most out of your stay and will make daily life in Bern a smoother and more enjoyable experience. 
 
Therefore we always recommend German courses to the exchange students.

As soon as the application is received we immediately process and review it for admission. You will then be informed about our decision and on the further proceedings. The HKB usually makes the admission decision within one month. Admission offers are only made for each upcoming semester. Please do consider that the HKB receives far more applications than spaces available, therefore only a small proportion of the applicants can be offered the opportunity to study an ERASMUS semester at the HKB. An application does not automatically lead to an ERASMUS study place at the HKB. 

  1. The student fills out the online registration form of the BFH

(Note: you must first register and create a login with password. Define a new password in lowercase letters, uppercase letters, numbers and special characters; it has to be at least 8 characters long.)

  1. For the online registration the following documents are required: 
    • letter of motivation in the language of the selected course (see website)
    • Transcript of Records
    • Photo copy of your Passport / ID
    • Passport size photo
    • CV
  2. We kindly ask you to send additional documents directly by e-mail (if amount of data is not too large), by postal mail, or via web-transfer to the HKB International Office:

Address

Bern University of the Arts
International Office
Fellerstrasse 11
CH-3027 Bern

PORTFOLIO

BA Fine Arts

Das Portfolio kann digital oder analog eingereicht werden. 

Es muss einen ausführlichen Überblick geben über die künstlerische Arbeit der Bewerberinnen und Bewerber und die bis jetzt gemachten Entwicklung dokumentieren. 

Wir legen Wert auf Arbeiten, die aus eigener Initiative entstanden sind. 

Das Portfolio muss einen Text enthalten, welcher die Gründe und Wünsche für einen Aufenthalt an der HKB erläutert und die künstlerischen Interessen umreisst.

BA Visual Communication

The portfolio should be in German and can be submitted either electronically or by post. 

It should include school work and if available also work from extra-curricular activities. At Bachelor level a broad range of applications and media are important, therefore a portfolio with a broad application field is of an advantage. 

It is also important to us, that at least in some of the works the whole process is mapped and not just the end product presented. 

A clear declaration of the working conditions, such as a brief project description, project duration and size of the products is desirable. 

MA Art Education

The portfolio should be in German and include about 10 artistic-creative pieces of work. Please submit electronically. 

MA Communication Design

The portfolio can be submitted either electronically or by post. It should contain the following elements: 

  • Results and documentation of selected undergraduate projects, contract projects (freelance or as an employee) and research projects.
  • Information on the development of your projects.
  • Comments on your projects.

Further information / tips:

  • Cover letter: Tell us which specialisation you want to pursue - "Design Entrepreneurship" or "Design Research" - and why you are interested to study MA Communication Design at the HKB (max. 500 words).
  • Short description of the design or design research project, which you want to develop during your exchange (max. 500 words).

BA Literary Writing

The portfolio should include approximately 15 pages of text that give an insight into your current literary work. The portfolio can be submitted either electronically or by post. 

Conservation & Restoration

Documentation of one or more projects with text and images. The portfolio may be submitted electronically via email or posted to us. 

MUSIC RECORDINGS 

BA Music Jazz

MA Music Pedagogy Jazz

Sound recordings of one’s music can be submitted via links or files, favourably in a video format. 

BA Music Classical

MA Music Pedagogy Classical

Sound recordings can be submitted in the form of videos (youtube, soundcloud or vimeo) or sent in on CD's. 

Additional information / tips:

  • Please submit an outline of your artistic activities.
  • The cover letter should state why you have chosen the HKB and its educational programmes.

MA Music Performance Classical 

MA Specialized Music Performance Classical

Sound recordings can be submitted in the form of videos (youtube, soundcloud or vimeo) or sent in on CD's. 

Additional information / tips:

  • Please submit an outline of your artistic activities.
  • The cover letter should state why you have chosen the HKB and its educational programmes.

BA Music and Movement/ Rhythmics

MA Music Pedagogy Music and Movement / Rhythmics

A short video (about 5 minutes) of one or more projects may be submitted via a link or document electronically or sent in on CD’s. 

BA Music and Media Art

The portfolio should contain a representative sample of one’s own musical and artistic works and details on the previous musical education. The portfolio may be submitted electronically via email or posted to us. 

MA Composition and Theory

Please contact the International Office. 

MA Specialized Music Performance Classical

Please contact the International Office. 

MA Contemporary Arts Practice (CAP)

The portfolio with the self-selected artistic works can be submitted electronically or by post. The cover letter should emphasise your interest in interdisciplinary work. 

BA Theatre

MA Theatre

Portfolio can only be submitted after a phone call or face to face conversation. 

Additional information: 

Bachelor (BA)Theatre

1st Step 

  • Short cover letter
  • CV incl. previous education and artistic activities

2nd Step 

  • Transcript of Records
  • Phone call or face to face conversation 

Master (MA)Expanded Theatre

1st Step 

  • Short cover letter
  • CV incl. previous education and artistic activities

2nd Step 

  • Transcript of Records
  • Documentation of previous works

3rd Step

  • Phone call or face to face conversation 

Application deadline for the upcoming autumn semester: 15th of April

Application deadline for the upcoming spring semester: 15th of November

The HKB will usually make its decision on admission within a month.
Students can only be admitted for the upcoming semester. 

The International Office of your home university will support you in preparing an exchange semester and will help you to contact the HKB. Exchange students remain matriculated at their home university and pay their tuition fees there. At the end of the exchange semester, the exchange students receive a confirmation of their study achievements at the HKB (Transcript of Records).

You can find more general information for international students here.

We recommend that you register with the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) before departing. 

The ESN is a European student organisation, promoting the social and personal integration of exchange students. This includes welcome parties, events, excursions and personal support during the stay. In addition, exchange students can also request to be picked up from the airport. As an Erasmus student, you also have the opportunity to connect with a mentor (a student from Bern). The mentor will accompany you for the time of your stay and will be available to answer questions and clarify various issues that may arise. 

ESN offers support to exchange students with all kinds of concerns and can contribute to making your arrival easier and your stay more fun. 

Contact and information for exchange students at the Bern University of Applied Sciences: ESN Section Bern