Education in Switzerland: the University of Basel

Situated near the borders of Switzerland, Germany, and France, Basel is a cosmopolitan city located at the very core of central Europe. Basel is Switzerland’s 3rd most populous city after Zurich and Geneva, and is known for its many internationally acclaimed museums and rich cultural heritage.

With over 30% of its population from other nations, Basel accounts for a significant number of international students and tourists, who make this their destination throughout the year. It also offers a large number of study and work opportunities. The city is home to the University of Basel, the oldest university in Switzerland, where many of the world’s notable individuals lived and studied, such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Carl Gustav Jung, Hermann Muller, and Herman Hesse. In addition to having the largest library in Switzerland, the university has several cafeterias, educational, research, and engineering buildings, specialized classrooms and laboratories, a local computer network, sports facilities, and language centers on its campus.

The University of Basel has a fascinating history that goes back over 550 years. Founded upon the initiative of its local citizens in 1460, the University of Basel is a modern and attractive center of teaching, learning, and research. At first, the university consisted of four faculties – arts, medicine, theology and jurisprudence. Over the centuries, the university expanded to become an internationally respected university, and is now host to seven faculties: Theology, Law, Humanities, Science, Business and Economics, Psychology.

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This prestigious university attracts students from all over the world, offering a wide array of courses of the highest quality, and ideal study conditions for individuals wanting to obtain a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, or a PhD. While the majority of academic disciplines are part of a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program, you will also only find a few PhD programs, focusing on life sciences and mathematics.  Today, the university has around 13,000 students from over 100 nations, including 2,700 PhD students, and over 350 professors.

Thanks to its exceptional and international reputation in research and teaching, the University of Basel is regularly ranked among the 150 top universities worldwide. The university works closely with various national and international organizations that are associated with new scientific and social developments, and maintains strong partnerships with other internationally recognized universities and institutions.

Since 1989, the University of Basel has been part of Eucor – The European Campus, a cross-border network of five universities in the Upper Rhine region. This allows students at the University of Basel to attend classes and utilize the libraries and other facilities at the other four universities. The university is connected with various interdisciplinary institutions, including the Centre for African Studies Basel, Europainstitut, Jewish Studies, Kulturmanagement, Mensch-Gesellschaft-Umwelt (MGU), and the Swiss Tropical Institute. The university also encourages various student associations, which include Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, History, Medicine, Pharmacy, Psychology, and Sociology.

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