The University of Basel extends a warm welcome to students coming to study in Basel under the ERASMUS programme for a semester or year. Many of you will be some distance from home and we will do our best to ensure that your stay with us will be academically rewarding and socially enjoyable. We have almost 3000 international students studying at the University during a typical academic year. They come from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures and do much to enhance and enrich life at the University.
We hope you will find the information in this website informative and helpful. It covers such matters as application and registration procedures, the choice of courses, campus services, accommodation costs, visa matters and social life.
The University of Basel has taken a number of steps to ensure that ERASMUS students coming here receive all the necessary attention and assistance they need. The Mobility Office is responsible for the overall co-ordination of the exchange programmes in which we are partners and can assist with the various practical and personal.
In order to study at the University of Basel as an Erasmus student, your home university must have an Erasmus bilateral agreement with University of Basel for the subject area you wish to study while here.
You must be first nominated by your home university - your International Office will send your nomination to the Mobility Office at the University of Basel to confirm your nomination. You will then receive an email from us explaining how to apply and what documents you need.
The application procedure for autumn semester 2014 will be published in April 2014.
Autumn Semester/Full Academic Year: 30th May
Spring Semester: 15th November
The decision and the letter of acceptance will be issued within 6-8 weeks after deadline.
Autumn Semester: mid September – end of December
Spring Semester: mid February – end of May
Semester Dates: Current Calendar
Access to the Course Directory: Course Catalogue
Transcipt of Records
The Transcript of Records will be issued no later than 5 weeks after the assessment period has finished. The assement period finishes at the end of July.
ECTS and Grading System
The Credit Points awarded at the University of Basel are equivalent to ECTS, based on student workload (workload).
The marking scale of the grading system used at the University of Basel ranges from 1-6. The following marking system is used.
||summa cum laude
||insigni cum laude
||magna cum laude
Please note that for a number of courses no numerical grade will be given; the courses will be validated on a fail/pass basis only.
Visa and Entry Requirements
Once you have been accepted as an exchange student in Basel, you will have to prepare to enter and live in Switzerland as a foreigner.
EU-citizens and students coming from EFTA-members do not need to apply for visa. They will have to register at the immigration office and get their residency permit once they are in Basel.
Non-EU-citizens will need to check the requirements at the Swiss embassy.
Requirements: Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
According to Swiss law the Immigration Office requires proof that you are sufficiently covered for health care and accidents during your stay in Switzerland. EU-citizens and students coming from EFTA-members will need to hand in a copy of their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Housing and Accommodation
Information and assistance can be obtained from the following persons and institutions.
German Language Courses
Information about the German language courses offered at the University Language Centre.
Disability Support Service
If you are a student with a physical, sensory or medical disability or have specific learning difficulty, please contact the Student Welfare Office who will provide information and support.