How does a timetable make sense?

Put together a timetable

Here are a few notes on this. If you have any further questions about planning your studies, the subject advisory service for your subject is responsible. You can find the contact persons on the website of your institute.

Find events

The first step is to find out which events you are required to attend and which you can choose to attend. The official curriculum for your subject and the annotated course catalog are usually available on the institute's website. The structure of the course is described in the curriculum. The annotated course directory provides information about the content of all courses at the University of Bern, the exact times and the credits that you can earn. In some subjects there are additional guidelines or study guides, sometimes even special pages for first-semester students.

At many institutes there are notice boards where details on teaching and exercise events for the coming or current semester are listed. If you have any questions, it is advisable to take a look at the FAQs on your institute website.

Make a selection from the list of possible events. Some freshmen are wondering how much they should take. As a rule, these are events with a maximum volume of 30 ECTS per semester. Do not forget the preparation and follow-up times and the time for learning, writing texts and preparing presentations!

Check whether and how the major and minor events can be combined in time.


Unfortunately, it is quite possible that there will be overlaps at the events that you want to / have to attend. In such cases, it is advisable to give preference to the major and to take the minor course in one of the following semesters. It's not that you have to visit everything right from the start. This applies above all to lectures, as these are usually offered repeatedly and without admission restrictions. You can also attend two courses at the same time if at least one of them is not compulsory, which should be the case for lectures. Make sure that you have good learning materials (script or literature) in the event that is not or only rarely attended and that you are allowed to copy the notes of a colleague. Also reserve time for the preparation and follow-up of this event.

In some study programs you have to expect that due to lack of space you will not be able to attend all courses as desired. Here it is advisable to put together several timetable variants.

In many study programs, it makes sense to plan the content of the course for several semesters at the same time.

If you get stuck with your planning, wait for the day of the start of your studies or the introductory event at your institute. Ask questions there, speak to colleagues or members of the student council and, if you have any remaining questions, contact the academic advisory service at your institute.