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University of Basel

4.4 out of 5 (11 ratings / 8 reviews) Basel, Switzerland
The University of Basel has an international reputation of outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland and has a history of success going back over 550 years.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Education & Training (1)



The university opened with a mass held at Basel Minster on 4 April 1460. It has undergone dynamic development ever since its inception. During the first year following its founding, the University Register in Basel listed 226 students and lecturers. Today, the seven faculties at the University of Basel have around 13,000 students and over 350 professors.


The University professes the principle of achievement on all levels and places quality above quantity. It has the flexible structure necessary for achieving this and provides the requirements for developing creativity and idealism, thereby ensuring superior achievements that do not go unrewarded.


The University of Basel is an international research university with strong roots in one of the world's most productive and innovative economic regions. Several renowned research institutions and international companies with which the university maintains strong partnerships are located in the immediate vicinity.


The University of Basel’s part-time Advanced Studies programs for professionals are suitable for people with a university degree or equivalent qualification, who are currently in work and seeking new opportunities.

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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151 9
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

An efficiently functioning administration allows the academic units to focus on their areas of expertise. The administration offers professional services to make an important contribution to providing an attractive environment for studying, teaching and research at the University of Basel.

Housing services

At larger conferences the overnight accommodation of participants generates, after travel, the most carbon emissions. On the other hand, local Basel hospitality businesses profit from these visitors.

Library services

Basel University Library (UB) houses more than eight million print and handwritten manuscripts, maps and diagrams, pictorial documents and other media. In terms of its inventory, it is one of the largest libraries in Switzerland.

ICT services

Today, the University Library and the Computing Center exist alongside one another, but in future it will be about just one thing: IVIT – Information Supply & Information Technology. The aim of IVIT is to provide teachers, researchers and the administration with the infrastructure required to perform their duties within the university.

Medical services

Personalized Health Basel (PHB) aims to develop and promote Personalized Health for the benefit of patients, research and society.

Student Life

Campus life

Various activities integrate sustainability as an interdisciplinary topic into all areas of the University of Basel. Alongside making it a topic in teaching and research, it is committed to sustainable action in campus life and makes every effort to constantly improve its own operations.

Sports facilities

From finding your inner balance through yoga, strong kicks in boot camp, to undergoing wildly romantic sea kayaking adventures and polishing your soccer skills, University Sports offers you a program of over 100 sports, movement and body awareness activities.

Student clubs

The student body of the University of Basel (Skuba) officially represents the interests of students at the University of Basel. Skuba aims to ensure that the interests and opinions of the students are taken into account by university bodies.


If its recognition is stated in an agreement, a contract or a binding arrangement with the Swiss Confederation or the University of Basel

Student Reviews

Ranked as #3 in Switzerland, #80 Worldwide
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The master's program at the University of Basel is mathematically challenging and well recognized in Switzerland and Europe. The program provides different majors: you can either choose a business or an economics major. Economics majors tend to be more difficult compared to business majors. The faculty of business and economics offers various interesting networking...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The first semester of the program was intense classroom learning. The second semester took place in and around Cape Town, South Africa and was more of an alternative type of learning in the field mixed with classic classroom learning. Between the first and second year was the ideal time for the collection of individual field work and the third semester with the second...

Medical journey
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I have spent 6 years in medical school. It was a great experience and I have no regrets. I have learned so much and already started with my career. I have had to run miles to go to practical classes in hospital, I think the university should have its own hospital for training.

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