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Grad student & wife moving to Bern

Hi folks,

My name is Pete, and I'll be starting as a graduate student at the University of Bern (Masters in Experimental Physics) in the fall of this year. I've got a bachelor's degree in physics (minor in mathematics) from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona in the US. Over the years, I've worked a variety of IT/tech positions, both at the university and at private industry.

Eventually, I'm looking at pursuing a PhD -- whether in Switzerland or elsewhere -- and hopefully doing research at the university level.

At present, my wife is a high school math teacher here in the US, and is looking for employment in either education or business in Switzerland.

Neither of us speak any more than "tourbook" German, but are looking to start classes as soon as practical after we arrive. During our previous visits, the Swiss have been exceptionally understanding of our not speaking German, and for that we're enormously grateful.

My wife and I both have a love for travel and science, so Switzerland was a natural choice for us -- the country has a great deal of wonderful places to visit, is centrally located in Europe making travel to other places relatively easy and cheap (as opposed to flying from the US), and there's some top-notch scientific research going on there.

Other than the cost of living, it sounds like heaven to us.

We've been reading EF for a few months, and it's proven to be a valuable resource. Hopefully we can meet up with some other EFers in Switzerland sometime and get a drink or two!
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Welcome to Bern...

....centrally located in Switzerland !
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Re: Grad student & wife moving to Bern

Welcome heypete, to the EF forum and eventually to Bern! I've been living here since March, and the people are nice and welcoming. Learning and practicing German with the locals definitely helps with this, as everyone I've met is happy to see that I'm trying to speak German.
Hope your move goes smoothly!
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