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University of Basel

Information for refugees

Refugees who are interested in studying at the University of Basel or who would like to gain insight into student life at the University should get in touch with the Student Administration Office or the  Open Auditorium Project (Projekt Offener Hörsaal)  in good time.

Studying at the University of Basel

The usual application deadlines and admissions requirements apply to refugees who would like to complete a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate at the University of Basel.
Read the full information about application and admission.

Open Auditorium – lectures for refugees

The Open Auditorium project (visit website Offener Hörsaal) is aimed at asylum seekers and refugees with an academic background or interest who are resident in the Basel region (principally the Cantons of Basel-Stadt, Baselland, Solothurn and Aargau).

For a total of two semesters, up to 20 people will have the opportunity to attend lectures at the University as course auditors and get an insight into student life.

The aim is to give asylum seekers and refugees a better idea of the content and requirements of studies in Switzerland and thus to better prepare them to apply for a degree program. 
Since 2016, the project has also featured language courses that can be attended alongside classes and are designed to prepare participants for studies at the University of Basel. Lecture and language-course fees are borne by the independent student association Offener Hörsaal. .

For registration and cost transfer, please contact the association board: info@offener-hoersaal.ch

The student association is currently supported on a financial and organizational level by the President’s Office of the University of Basel, Stiftung Mercator, the Anne Frank Fonds and numerous private individuals.

Lectures for refugees

The main features of the lecture course for refugees are as follows:

  • Up to 20 asylum seekers and refugees per semester attend lectures free of charge.
  • They receive support from an experienced student (buddy system).
  • They have the opportunity to improve their language skills at the language center.

please note

  • Program participants do not acquire student status and will not receive a student ID.
  • They may not take exams nor receive credit points or a degree.
  • They will not be more easily admitted to a regular study program.
  • They may not attend courses at the Faculty of Medicine.

Terms and conditions for participation in the program

Residence in the Basel region, secondary school leaving certificate, commenced or completed university studies, good knowledge of the language of instruction (B1/B2 level in German and/or English).

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