University of Bern Internationals

International researchers


Sports science and integration of Eritrean and Ethiopian women

This is Betty Alemu, an international PhD student at the University of Bern, who is originally from Ethiopia. This is her life as an international researcher in sports sociology on location at the Institute of Sports Science. Betty's project is focused on how sports can foster the social integration of women from Ethiopia and Eritrea in Switzerland.

Silas on Coronavirus Downtime

Hebrew Bible scholar

This is Silas Klein Cardoso, a Brazilian researcher on life during the coronavirus shutdown in Bern, Switzerland. Silas arrived in January 2020 as a new postdoc at the University of Bern. Two short months later, the country went into shutdown because of Covid-19.

WATCH: Study abroad

The University of Bern has partnership agreements with 600 universities worldwide that enable students to study abroad for part of their studies.

Get inspired by stories from Alessia and Pirintha, former exchange students from Bern, who did semesters abroad at Anna University, Chennai, India, and University of Ulster, Belfast, UK.


Exoplanets and astrophysics

Chloe Fisher is an international PhD student at the University, exploring exoplanets at the Centre for Space and Habitability. Find out more about the life and research from this graduate from the University of Cambridge (Magdalene College).


Plant biology and biological control of pests

Xi Zhang is an international PhD student at the University of Bern. Learn more about this Chinese scientist's life and work in biological pest control at the Institute of Plant Sciences.