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About

History

The university opened with a mass held at Basel Minster on 4 April 1460. It has undergone dynamic development ever since its inception. During the first year following its founding, the University Register in Basel listed 226 students and lecturers. Today, the seven faculties at the University of Basel have around 13,000 students and over 350 professors.

Education

As a comprehensive university offering a wide range of high-quality educational opportunities, the University of Basel attracts students from Switzerland and the entire world, offering them outstanding studying conditions as they work towards their bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degrees. Today, the University of Basel has around 13,000 students from over a hundred nations, including 2,700 PhD students.

Research

The University of Basel has established itself as a center of science and research with its modern infrastructure and reputation of academic excellence.The University of Basel is an international research university with strong roots in one of the world's most productive and innovative economic regions. Several renowned research institutions and international companies with which the university maintains strong partnerships are located in the immediate vicinity.As a historic cultural city on the border of Germany and France, Basel has an international flair. The spirit of openness is an important source of inspiration for Basel as a center of scientific research.

Career

The Career Service Center at the University of Basel (CSC) offers career counseling, workshops, events, information and services to simplify the transition to, planning of and orientation in working life for students, graduates and PhD students at the University of Basel.

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2017
95 6
2016
101 -14
2015
87
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2018
95 3
2017
98 3
2016
101
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2018
120
2017
-
2016
-
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2018
149 -8
2017
141 -2
2016
139
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

Services

Student services

The Student Services office at the University of Basel is the central provider of services for students, lecturers, staff working in the different faculties and the Rectorate.The Student Services office offers services for processes associated with studying and teaching: application and admission to study programs, academic courses, academic progress and completion. Support is also available for social matters and student career plans.

Housing services

  • Genossenschaft Studentenheim Basel: This student residence is on Mittlere Strasse 33 and provides 100 furnished rooms. 
  • The student residence Borromäum provides accommodation for young people in education. 
  • The Katholische Studentenhaus offers affordable accommodation for 70 students in a central location - regardless of religion and nationality. 
  • Behind the name of the theological student residence Alumneum stands a lot of history and a long tradition. Today, the residence at Hebelstrasse 17 is open to students from all faculties 
  • The Evangelische Studienhaus Meierhof specifically caters to students of the Faculty of Theology or students interested in theology in general. 

Library services

University Library Basel (UB) houses more than eight million print and handwritten manuscripts, maps and diagrams, pictorial documents and other media. In terms of its inventory, it is one of the largest libraries in Switzerland. The UB possesses many items of rare, historic, cultural and academic value. 

Medical services

The day care center at the University of Basel is a facility for students and staff and is located near the main building at Herbergsgasse 1. The day care facilities can also be used to supervise children on an hourly basis.

Student Life

Campus life

Various activities integrate sustainability as an interdisciplinary topic into all areas of the University of Basel. Alongside making it a topic in teaching and research, it is committed to sustainable action in campus life and makes every effort to constantly improve its own operations.

Sports facilities

From finding your inner balance through yoga, strong kicks in boot camp, to undergoing wildly romantic sea kayaking adventures and polishing your soccer skills, University Sports offers you a program of over 100 sports, movement and body awareness activities.Most training sessions are free of charge and do not require advance booking. For sessions that require booking, you can visit the University Sports office or the website where you will find the entire program on offer.In addition to weekly training sessions from Monday to Saturday, University Sports organizes camps, weekends, workshops, advisory services and tournaments.

Student clubs

The student body of the University of Basel (Skuba) officially represents the interests of students at the University of Basel. Skuba aims to ensure that the interests and opinions of the students are taken into account by university bodies.Alongside Skuba, numerous other student organizations are active at the University of Basel. They are committed to promoting culture, sports, environment, politics and religion, and thus contribute to the social life at the University of Basel.