Voices

What international mobility students have to say about studying and living in Bern.

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Juo Han Chen, Taiwan

“Being here is the remedy of my life”

I recommend a mobility semester at Berne University of Teacher Education because you will find many interesting courses, nice people and great environments. The teachers and classmates are very caring and helpful, I appreciate that. There is a lot of discussing during the classes, this is different in my home country, but it encourages me to keep exploring and always stay curious.

As for the foreign language: my advice is: just try and don’t be afraid!

Juo Han Chen, Taiwan

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Rachel Fromm, Deutschland

“New inspirations for my future teaching”

Studying at Bern University of Teacher Education for one semester is a great personal and professional enrichment: For one there is the possibility of taking courses for different age groups. Secondly, many of the lecturers are teachers themselves and therefore you will receive many practical tips and advice on everyday life as a teacher. 

On a personal level I enjoy the bilingualism of the canton of Berne, the proximity to the mountains and of course, Bern as a city itself. 

My advice to future Incoming students: Do not panic at the beginning of the semester, it can be overwhelming, but with the help of the International Office and the teachers, all will sort itself out. 

Rachel Fromm, Germany

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Maria Bustamente, eine Studentin aus Kolumbien, auf dem Hochschulareal vonRoll

Maria from Medellin, Colombia

“I’m studying education in Medellin, Colombia. I was able to come to Bern for a semester thanks to a cooperation project between my home university and Bern University of Teacher Education. In the ‘Mobility and Global Learning’ seminar I presented the subject of my Master’s thesis, and received some useful suggestions.

I really like the cultural diversity in Switzerland. But Bern also reminded me of Medellin a little, because of its mountain backdrop. The International Office of Bern University of Teacher Education took very good care of us. We went on a lot of trips with other foreign students. I like the people here – they are very friendly and helpful.”

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Sarah Cullen, eine Studentin aus Südafrika, die an der PHBern studiert hat. Sie sitzt im Zug, im Hintergrund sind Schnee und ein See zu sehen

Sarah, South Africa

“Europeans have many misconceptions about South Africa. At the same time, though, I also had misconceptions about Europe and Switzerland. During my time in Bern I taught English at Köniz upper secondary school. Unlike in South Africa, people are more relaxed about discipline here. In a school environment which does not employ disciplinary measures such as confiscation or target setting, students have to motivate themselves. This really turned everything I knew as a teacher on its head.

I’ll never forget my experiences in Switzerland. I have grown both professionally and personally here.”

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Benya und Moodley, zwei Studierende aus Südafrika vor dem Hochschulgebäude vonRoll

Cathryn and Olwethu, South Africa

Olwethu Benya:

“I’m learning a lot about myself during the internship. As a teacher, it’s good to know who you are. It’s important to me to get an insight into different teaching methods. This way, I can learn new things all the time, and it helps me to even better motivate and teach my pupils. A few group sequences that I’ve learnt or developed in Switzerland I can apply 1:1 in South Africa.”

Cathryn Moodley:

“We’re staying with host families. It’s nice to learn about Swiss family life. And it’s great to see that children can safely play outdoors here, even alone. At the same time, the comparison can make you feel sad. But it’s giving us a new perspective about what is possible. It’s also exciting to see what Swiss people do in their leisure time. They’re much more active than South Africans: they do a lot of hiking and biking.”