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University of Basel

Open Auditorium

Since early 2016, the student association «Open Auditorium» (Offener Hörsaal) has enabled refugees with an academic background who live in the region to attend lectures and language courses.

The auditor program encompasses almost 500 courses, for which the fees are covered. Volunteers are on hand to help with any questions or problems the guests may have regarding their studies. The project, which currently has around 20 participants, aims to encourage social and cultural exchange with students and lecturers.

The photographs are portraits of refugees and asylum seekers matriculated at the University of Basel as guest auditors, taken by the photographer Christian Flierl.

60 years ago, the University of Basel assisted refugees during the Hungarian uprising: Students collected clothes, food, medicines, and money, which they transported through Hungary in trucks. Many Hungarians – including students – were taken in by the university and are commemorated on a plaque in the Kollegienhaus. Today, the «Open Auditorium» project aims to draw on this humanitarian tradition and contribute to the integration of academics.


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