University of Basel

University of Basel

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The University of Basel, established in 1460, is the oldest university in Switzerland and one of the oldest in the world. Today it is ranked among the Top 100 universities worldwide. The student population number around 13,000 drawn from over 100 nations. The university offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs. There are 7 faculties: Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Business and Economics and Faculty of Psychology, with 374 professors. The university focuses on 5 strategic areas; Life Sciences, Visual Studies, Nano Sciences, Sustainability & Energy Research and European & Global Studies. There are 6200 employees of whom 4500 are researchers.


CHF 24,000

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CHF 24,000

Average Living Expenses (Masters)



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The university is located in Basel.  It is very easy and convenient to use public transport, bus 30, from the train stations. From the airport the airport shuttle bus to the train station should be taken to connect bus 30 thereafter.

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There are numerous student accommodations in the City in different districts such as; Gundeli, Grossbasel,Kleinbasel, Breite and Wettsein. The Association for Housing, known as WoVe, is a charitable organization established in 1970 engaged in renting and finding good value accommodation for students. There are various online platforms for students to post their requests free of charge including the University of Basel marketplace.


The Master of Science in Business and Economics is the traditional degree program offered at Basel. It takes 3 semester for the completion of the course of studies and ends with the submission of a Master’s thesis. Broadly it is based on theory, research and methodology. The vocationally oriented focus is promoted through structured in-depth modules or majors. Seven majors are offered during the program. There are provisions to undertake the program without a major. The course of studies is undertaken in German and English and it is a pre0condition that the student have a solid understanding of German and English languages.

The Mater of Science in International and Monetary Economics is a full time course taken over 3 semesters, conducted in English. It is suited for those aspiring for jobs in banks, monetary and fiscal authorities, general government, international companies and organizations and research institutes. The course aims to provide knowledge and skills to acquire a strong background and analytical expertise in monetary economics, macroeconomics and international macroeconomics.

Master of Arts in European Global Studies, Master of Science in Actuarial Science and Master of Science in Sustainable Development are interdisciplinary degrees undertaken at the Faculty of Business and Economics in collaboration with other faculties at Basel

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The Career Service Center of the University of Basel is there to help the students get their career off the ground. Personalized careers advice, workshops, events and information are provided to plan and commence a professional career. Application and CV preparation, reviews of the application and assessments of individual prospects are supplementary activities to guide the student on their path towards a career. The career events termed “meet&connect” are organized as a series of events.

Some of the companies in the region often support Masters theses, whereby the students directly get involved with the workings of the company. The Long Night of Careers usually scheduled for November each year at the 13 Swiss Institution for Higher Education features everything from interviews to style coaching.

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