As part of the European education program Erasmus-Sokrates, students of Swiss universities are offered the chance of studying in another European country for one to two semesters and receive credit for their provided performances at their home university. Likewise, students of European partnering universities may spend one to two semesters at a Swiss university. Erasmus-Sokrates also allows for exchange of lecturers who give courses at the partnering institutes.
The Institute of Musicology at the University of Bern shares partnerships with the institutes of musicology in Austria, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, the Czech Republic and England. Preparations to expand the offer to institutes in France are currently being made.