Universität Basel


Universität Basel is a universitywide partner in Basel, Switzerland.

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General information for exchange students

Course information

Academic calendar

Semester I: mid-September - end of December
Semester II: early February - early June

Orientation generally commences mid-September for Semester I and early February for Semester II.

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The University of Basel - Where Science and Culture meet (YouTube)


GPA (Average Grade)

There is no GPA requirement for this destination.

Language Requirement

German B1 and/or English B2.

Knowledge of German language is required. There is no need to show evidence of a German exam, but taking an exam is always recommended.

Areas of study open to exchange students

See course catalogue

Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction

Mainly courses in German, limited courses in English.

Housing assistance

Housing is not guaranteed. There is a wide range of reasonably-priced flats and rooms in Basel. Information and assistance can be obtained from the university or the Student Housing Organisation.

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Estimated living costs per month

The cost of living vary greatly depending on personal circumstances and individual requirements. The following figures should therefore be regarded as guidelines:

- Housing: 450 CHF

- Food: 350 CHF

- Education costs (books, copies, scripts): 150 CHF

Average living costs per month are around 1000 CHF or €1,050.



Please note that students studying in Switzerland cannot apply for the Erasmus grant but can instead apply for the Swiss European Mobility Programme for financial support. The grant amount will be within the margins of the EU grant and equivalent to the Erasmus grant


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 (fail) to 6 (excellent), with passing grade 4.

It may be a challenge to reach 30 EC during an exchange at Universität Basel. Most courses are worth 3 EC each so students are advised to take 20 EC instead of 30.

Number of places available

2 places per year


Selection was not necessary in the past few years.



If you have any questions about this universitywide partner university, contact the universitywide International Office:

Asia & Latin America

Name: Ms. Clim Gorissen
E-mail: region1@uu.nl

North America & UK

Name: Ms. Cathelijne van Weelden
E-mail: region2@uu.nl

Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Spain*

Name: Ms. Tessel Arendsen
E-mail: region3@uu.nl

* Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Universitat de Barcelona

Europe & Middle East

Name: Ms. Mandy van den Houten
E-mail: region4@uu.nl

General exchange questions

Names: Tamar Oderwald and Patrick Chan
Email: exchange@uu.nl

Erasmus+ grant questions

The International Office can only help you with questions related to the content of your Learning Agreement and with signing documents on behalf of the Sending Institution.

For all other Erasmus+ grant related questions, please refer to the Erasmus+ grants for Studies page (scroll down to “Contact the Erasmus Office” to make an appointment) or send an e-mail to erasmus@uu.nl

For questions about faculty programmes and internships, contact the Faculty International Offices.

Phone availability

Phone: +31 (0)30-2531224
Office hours for calling: Monday and Thursday, 13:30-15:00

Make an appointment via Teams

We are available for appointments via Teams. If you have a question, use the calendar below to make an appointment.

If you are unable to make it to your appointment, please do not forget to cancel.