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University of Basel

Swiss European Mobility Program

The University of Basel extends a warm welcome to students coming to study in Basel under the Swiss-European Mobility Program (Sub. Erasmus+) 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 3,000 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.

Information about the new coronavirus

Due to COVID-19 the Student Exchange team is currently working from home and we cannot offer regular walk in consultation hours. However, we are available through e-mail: mobility@unibas.ch

Autumn Semester 2020

At the moment, the University of Basel cannot yet make any definitive statements about how the lectures will take place in the autumn semester.  In order to enable students to prepare themselves adequately for the autumn semester, students and lecturers will be taking part in a survey in the coming weeks to share their experiences and suggestions for the current semester. On the basis of their feedback and taking into account current developments, the University Management will quickly decide in which framework the autumn semester will take place.

The university management is also working on possibilities of "blended learning". Large lectures might also be offered digitally in autumn. However, if the aim is to achieve a deeper understanding, to discuss in seminars or to conduct experiments in laboratories, it will probably be possible to teach in smaller groups. We will keep you informed.

The guidelines currently applicable to the University of Basel  spread of the new Coronavirus 2019-nCoV as well as the Federal Office of Public Health.


We hope you will find the information on 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 program students coming here receive all the necessary attention and assistance they need. The Student Exchange is responsible for the overall coordination of the exchange programs 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 exchange program student, your home university must have a bilateral agreement with University of Basel for the subject area you wish to study while here.


Following the Swiss referendum “on mass immigration” in February 2014, the European Union suspended negotiations on Switzerland’s full participation in the EU education program Erasmus+.

The Swiss government decided to prepare an interim solution of indirect participation in Erasmus+ for the next academic year.

Students from Erasmus partner universities of the University of Basel can apply for an exchange in Basel if their home university agrees to continue cooperation under this interim regime. The Swiss federation will fund the respective scholarships.


You must be first nominated by your home university – your International Office will send your nomination to the Student Exchange at the University of Basel to confirm your nomination.

  • Additionally, prospective candidates should register through the online application system. Please carefully follow the instructions:
  1. Frist time registration: Before you can apply, you need to register first whereupon you will get personal accessto the system. you need to log on once only. The log in through the application section.
  2. After loggin in please follow the instructions carefully
  3. Registration for 2020/2021 through MoveOn

Nomination deadline

  • Fall semester / full academic year: 30 May
  • Spring semester: 15 November

The decision and the letter of acceptance will be issued within 6–8 weeks after deadline.

Academic calendar

Fall semester: mid-September – end of December
Spring semester: mid-February – end of May
Semester dates: Current calendar

Departmental coordinators

Via database: Bilateral agreements

Course catalogue

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 assessment period finishes at the end of January (fall semester) and at the end of July (spring semester).

ECTS and grading system

The credit points awarded at the University of Basel are equivalent to ECTS, based on student workload. The marking scale of the grading system used at the University of Basel ranges from 1 to 6. The following marking system is used.

summa cum laude
very good
insigni cum laude
magna cum laude
quite good
cum laude
below 4

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.

Internships and traineeship

Within the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) students may apply for an internship/traineeship at the Universityt of Basel if the following resuirements are met:

  1. The internship position and a supervisor at the University of Basel must be organised before handing in the application;
  2. The durations of the internship is between 2 and 12  months;
  3. Students must be immatriculated at a university with an Erasmus Charter during the period of the internship;
  4. The Internship must be approved and recognised at the home university.

Provided these conditions are met, you are invited to submit the following form to us, fully completed and signed, at the latest two months before the start of your traineeship.

  • Copy of the passport;
  • Confirmation of immatriculation at the home university.

Late application cannot be considered. Application documents see below at Downloads Internship.

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


Your application for an exchange in the frame of the Swiss-European Mobility Programme is also an application for a grant financed by the Swiss Confederation.

As a precondition to receive a grant you must sign a declaration of obligations and submit it to us within due time. Accepted exchange students will receive this document and further information in Sepetember (begin of the exchange in the fall semester) or February (begin of the exchange in the spring semester) during the orientation meeting in the first week of the semester. The invitation to the orientation meeting will be sent by mail in August.

The grants for the academic year 2019/20 amount to between 1900.- and 2200.- Swiss Francs per semester.


Health insurance

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 Language Center of the University of Basel.

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.

Further information
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