What is the program?

The WEstern Switzerland International Semester (WESIS) is a 12-week program (comprising both classwork and an internship) that allows you to obtain 30 ECTS credits.

During the semester, you will:

  • Get personalised instruction thanks to the small class size (20 students max)
  • Dig into key topics for your future teaching career (such as intercultural environments, inclusive schooling, multilingualism, new technology and teaching innovation), based on the programme instructors’ own research and experience
  • Learn through a variety of methods, such as interactive discussions, role play and discussions with other students
  • Get on-site experience at a Swiss or international school
  • Choose between our language options – to enhance your own language skills or to start learning French.

You can get financial support (paid monthly) from the Swiss government. Reasonably priced housing may be available in a student dormitory near the programme site.


  • Have completed at least two semesters of a university-level teacher degree programme
  • Have at least a B2 level of English
  • Have obtained approval (through a learning agreement) from your home university