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University of Berne
The University of Berne is a university in the Swiss capital of Berne. It was founded in 1834. As one of the German-speaking universities in Switzerland, its official name is Universität Bern, although it is frequently referred to in the French form, Université de Berne.
At the moment, the University has an enrollment of roughly 13,000 students, studying in seven different departments (Fakultäten):
- Christian Theology
- Veterinary Medicine
- Teacher Education
The Philosophisch-historische department is similar to the Arts & Sciences departments at American universities, with majors (Hauptfächer) in a variety of languages, history, linguistics, economics, philosophy, psychology, etc. The Philosopisch-naturwissenschaftliche department is restricted to the "hard" sciences, like chemistry or physics.
The Christian Theology department has the least number of students, while the Philosophisch-historische has the most.
The University buildings are distributed throughout Bern, but most center around Länggass street, an area immediately northwest of the city center. An elevator from the main train station provides access to the terrace directly in front of the main administration building.
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