The Summer School programs reflect the spirit of the University of Bern; interdisciplinary courses in small groups at top level. The latter can be taken quite literally, since some of the programs offer excursions to dizzying heights like the Jungfraujoch at 3571 meters’ altitude. But first and foremost the Summer School stands for academic excellence. Thanks to the highly motivated scientists who teach and research here, the University of Bern regularly features high up in international rankings. Those who attend the Summer School programs derive real benefit from having direct access to the latest research findings. The programs are taught in English and attract students from around the world. Hence they not only provide participants with an insight into the University of Bern and life in Switzerland, but also offer them the opportunity for intercultural exchange.