Studying in Basel, Switzerland

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Basel at a glance

Home to the oldest university in Switzerland among other higher educational institutions, Basel offers an incredible and vast palette of study opportunities. Innovative and fundamental research with results directly transformed into practice and Nobel laurates that studied in the local universities are the main reasons why international students from over 100 countries are drawn to Basel. Teaching students how to develop their own ideas and to achieve on all levels is one of the main focuses within Basel universities, as it is within all Swiss universities. Basel is the place where many of the world’s ground breaking philosophical theories and acknowledged literary works were born, since Herman Hesse, Gustav Jung, Nietzsche and Erasmus were all residents of the city. Basel is Switzerland's third most populous city after Zürich and Geneva, located in the North-Western side of the country, along the Rhine River. Basel is the city where the Swiss, French and German borders meet.


Studying in Basel

Universities in Basel provide a wide range of accredited programmes, most of them cover Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. You will only find a few PhD programmes, focusing on life science, ecology, biology and mathematics, but one university in particular offers you the chance to compose your own PhD course.

German and English are the languages of instruction used in universities, with the following tests accepted as evidence of language proficiency:

  • German: Goethe certificate, TestDaF, OSD, DSH
  • English: IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge

Choose from the following specialisations: architecture, engineering, natural sciences, management, education, public policy, robotics, technology, computer science, languages, art, communications, music, pharmacy, law and more.


Career opportunities in Basel

Basel has a thriving and diverse economy, with the following major industries: chemical industry, (specifically pharmaceutical industry), research, agriculture, manufacturing, mining, construction and banking.

The main big employers of Basel are: UBS AG, Novartis, Hoffmann-LaRoche, Swiss Air Lines, DHL, Infosys, Abbott Lbs, Wipro, BASF Group, Holcim, Ernst & Young.

All international students will be greatly encouraged to take on internship opportunities, specifically since local universities have partnerships with some of the largest companies in Basel.


Basel city life

As one of the most important cultural centres of Switzerland, Basel has over twenty museums and a lovely old town with interesting architecture. There is plenty to see and do in Basel, not to mention you can enjoy a boat trip along the Rhine any time you like and have splendid views of the city.

Some of the numerous attractions in Basel:
  • Rathaus (Town Hall)
  • Muenster Cathedral
  • Spalentor City Gate
  • Vitra Design Museum
  • The Museum of Fine Arts
  • Jewish Museum of Switzerland
  • Jean Tinguely Museum
  • Old Catholic Prediger Kirche (church)
  • Mittlere Rhein Brücke (Central Rhine Bridge)
  • Augusta Raurica Roman open-air museum

You can wander around Botanical Garden Basel, or see the Zoo in Basel – stated as one of the loveliest zoos in Europe. Whenever you want to see a play, go to Theatre Basel and if you are a sports fan you can enjoy matches of football and ice hockey.

The number of bars, clubs and entertainment venues has been continually increasing, so night life is pretty vibrant in Basel. One event that is worth attending is the carnival of the city of Basel (Basler Fasnacht), a major cultural show that is very entertaining.

The incredible position of Basel allows you to easily see other cities in Switzerland, as you are only around an hour away by train or by car to Zurich and Lucerne. In addition, you can always cross the border and get to France or Germany in just a few minutes.

International atmosphere in Basel

Basel is quite a cosmopolitan city, having over 30 % of the population as foreign residents. The largest ethnic communities are: Germans, Italians, Turkish, Serbians and Spanish people. As a university city, Basel also counts for numerous international students and a significant number of tourists come here throughout the whole year.

In terms of international business, Basel is noted as a friendly and welcoming place for entrepreneurs and due to low taxes, economic and political stability and highly skilled labour force, many people from around the world are always interested in investing in the area.

Weather Basel

Basel has four seasons and covers amounts of precipitations (rain or snow) for over 100 days per year. The wettest month in terms of precipitations is May and snow occurs each winter. The average high temperatures in July – August are 24 – 25 °C (76 – 77 °F), while in December – January they range at about 4 – 5 °C (40 – 41 °F).


Accommodation costs in Basel

The most common housing choices in Basel are:

1. Student residence – between 360 and 500 EUR/month.

2. Rent an apartment – average price of 650 EUR/month for a one-bedroom apartment.

3. Hostel – rates start at 33 EUR/night for a studio.

Living costs in Basel

Surprisingly enough, Basel is not such an expensive city to live in. With at least 900 – 950 EUR/month you can fairly cover all expenses, including: accommodation, social activities, food bills, public transportation and learning materials.

The bills from the local supermarket should cost around 180 EUR/month. A monthly pass on the public transportation is around 50 EUR. Use the ISIC in every place they accept it (museums, libraries, stores, restaurants) and you will benefit from substantial discounts.

Universities in Basel

The University of Basel offers a range of programs for continuing education that combine academic learning with professional experience in best way possible and further one's career.

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The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW is a state-accredited university of applied sciences: this unique concept in Swiss tertiary education is designed to meet professional needs in education, research and consulting.

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ETH Zurich is the study, research and work place of 18,000 people from 80 nations. About 370 professors in 16 departments teach mainly in the engineering sciences and architecture, system-oriented sciences, mathematics and natural sciences areas and carry out research that is highly valued worldwide.

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