FAQ

On this page you find basic information about your study program as well as answers to various questions that may arise during the time at the GIUB. Documents and forms concerning various topics are also located on this page. Due to the high amount of work associated with translating all information, only selected topics are available in English. An alternative source of information, however, in German and not official, is the homepage of the student representatives for geography.

The plan of studies is the most important document for successfully studying geography and minimising administrative challenges. All students are strongly advised to read it carefully and consult it from time to time. Handling of important topics, such as insufficient marks and grades or the enrollment are subject to mandatory regulations. You can find the English version on the faculty web page, however, only the German formulations are legally binding!

The campus account is your individual login for accessing the core teaching system, ILIAS and your email account; it is assigned upon admission.

The Core Teaching System (in German: KSL) is the official electronic information platform of the university of Bern. It contains Information and administers registration to courses and exams as well as obtaining your final degree. Instructional videos about the usage of CTS can be found on www.vsl.unibe.ch.

In order to login, you need the campus account, which is assigned by the admissions office. In case of technical difficulties please contact the CTS-Support (support(at)vsl.unibe.ch).

Registration to courses is regulated by the CTS. Please search for the courses of your choice using the "list of courses" and add them to the planning view, from where you can register yourself.

Please note:

  • Registration for courses (LV) and exams (LK) is done separately.
  • There are deadlines for registration to all courses and exams (viewable in the CTS) that must be met under all circumstances. No registration is possible beyond these deadlines. The same applies for cancelling of registrations.

Examinations at the GIUB take place during calendar weeks 2, 7, 23 and 37. Specific exam dates and location are announced in the courses or can be found in the core teaching system.

You have the following possibilities to find topics for your thesis:

  • Information boards in the corridors of the research units or in the GIUB foyer.
  • On the homepage of the research units
  • By asking professors/lecturers directly
  • During the information event taking place on Friday before the fall semester starts

Completion of Studies in Fall Semester 2015

  • Students who have completed all coursework before the beginning of the new semester (by Friday, February 19, 2016) do not need to register for the next semester in order to formally obtain their degrees.
  • Students who submit the final version of their Bachelor thesis to their advisors as their final piece of coursework by Friday, February 19, 2016 do not need to register for the next semester in order to formally obtain their degrees.
  • Students who submit the final, graded version of their master thesis to the Dean's Office as their final piece of coursework by Friday, February 19, 2016 do not need to register for the next semester in order to formally obtain their degrees.
  • Students whose final piece of coursework is an exam that takes place at the latest on Friday, February 19, 2016 do not need to register for the next semester in order to formally obtain their degrees.
  • Master presentations can also take place on the final Thursday before the beginning of the semester (February 18, 2016).

Transition Bachelor > Master

  • Students who have completed their Bachelor degree and who wish to continue with their Master program in Geography can transfer to their master studies until February 29, 2016 provided that, by February 26, 2016, all Bachelor level grades are entered in the CTS and that completion of the minor is confirmed by the relevant directorate of Studies ("requirements fulfilled").
  •  No pre-registration for the Master programme  is necessary.
  •  The Admissions Office provides information about the direct transition into master studies.

Every student who requires more than eight semesters for the BSc-program (or six semesters for the MSc-program, respectively), needs to apply for an extension. The application needs to be handed in at the Major. The first two semesters of the extension are granted by the study administration of the Major. Further semesters are granted by the deanery of the Phil.-Nat. faculty. Semesters are counted separately for the BSc- and MSc-program, i.e. the number of semesters needed for the Bachelor don't have any influence on the number of available semesters for the Master.

The failing of exams does not entitle to an extension of period of study.

In lectures, attendance is not compulsory. During exercises, proseminars, seminars and block courses it is.