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The city of Basel is home to the oldest university in Switzerland. Founded upon the initiative of local citizens in 1460, Basel University is a modern and attractive centre of teaching, learning, and research situated in the heart of the historic old town.
Since 1996 Basel University has been selfmanaged whilst remaining under the jurisdiction of the Cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Land. It provides committed individuals from all over the world with a strong academic community and an inspiring work environment. It is home to 3,500 staff. Its annual budget is approximately 500 million Swiss francs, of which one fourth each is borne by the two sponsoring cantons. The remaining costs are covered through federal contributions, third-party funding, other cantons, and tuition fees.
Full University Status
Basel University has full university status. It offers degree programmes across the arts and sciences, ranging from Archaeology to Zoology. One of our distinctive strengths is the focus on «Culture» and «Life Sciences».
Comprising 7600 undergraduate and 3700 postgraduate and doctoral students, Basel University is comparatively small by European standards. Our 320 professors and 1300 academic staff are dedicated to advancing knowledge and fostering independent thinking and socially responsible action.
We are proud of our high female student roll (56%) – tending upwards – and an increasing number of international students (20%).
Our mission is to accomplish first-class research, teaching, and public service. We rank among the world’s one hundred best universities and boast top-ten place among German-speaking universities.
Basel University is committed to offering degree programmes designed to meet present-day needs and concerns. All programmes have been reviewed in accordance with official Bologna guidelines and the University has successfully introduced the new, two-tier Bachelor and Master system across all faculties.
Basel University is a founding member of EUCOR, a transnational network of the five Upper Rhine universities established twenty years ago. A joint student card facilitates easy access to all partner universities, thereby promoting first-hand cross-cultural experience and learning.
Information on all EUCOR joint programmes is available at http://www.eucor-uni.org.
Basel University comprises the following seven faculties (percentages indicate the share of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students):
The city of Basel has much to offer its visitors. Its remarkable location on the Rhine bend where Switzerland, France, and Germany meet at the heart of western Europe make Basel a bustling, diverse, and open-minded city. It is an important economic hub and prides itself on a unique range of culture and outstanding quality of life.
The close relation of Uni Basel with its local industry – among them well known global players like Roche, Novartis and Syngenta – as well as with international organisations and banking institutes like the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) open excellent opportunities for Basel graduates. Furthermore, the Uni Basel Career Service Centre assists young graduates by bridging the way to the dynamic job market of Switzerland.
Uni Basel Alumni
Joining one of the Alumni associations links graduates to the extensive network of academic professionals in their respective discipline.
Basel University and its departments are located right in the City Centre linking the picturesque medieval Old Town of Basel to the top-notch research facilities of the Novartis Campus. In the coming years, Uni Basel will invest 1.5 Bn $US in order to revamp its facilities and to confirm its position as one of the most attractive and up-to-date research universities in Europe.
Number of Nobel Laureates: 1
Number of students: 11200
Female students: 52%
Foreign students: 19%
Semester tuition: EUR 500 (CHF 700)
(Swiss and Non Swiss)
Faculties and number of students
Human & Social Sciences: 3136
Natural sciences: 2464
Business and Economics: 1120
University of Basel
Petersplatz 1, 4003 Basel
Phone: +41 61 267 31 11