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Location: Basel, Switzerland, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program through the MAUI-Utrecht Network Exchange Consortium open to undergraduate and graduate students

Language of Instruction: German. Some graduate level subjects may be available in English.

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall Semester: Mid September - Mid December
Spring Semester: Late February - Late May

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so.

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (priority), March 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (priority), October 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements. The main language of instruction at the University of Basel is German, therefore a good command of German is necessary to study in Basel, especially at the undergraduate level. There is a limited but growing selection of undergraduate courses taught in English. Foreign languages and literatures are generally taught in the language of the subject. The colloquial language is a German dialect.


Subjects Available:

  • Business - Accounting (graduate level only)
  • Business - Business Administration (graduate level only)
  • Business - Economics (graduate level only)
  • Business - Finance (graduate level only)
  • Business - International Business (graduate level only)
  • Business - Management (graduate level only)
  • Business - Marketing (graduate level only)
  • Chemistry (graduate level only)
  • Computer Science (graduate level only)
  • Economics (graduate level only)
  • English
  • English - Literature (graduate level only)
  • English - Writing Studies (graduate level only)
  • Mathematics (graduate level only)
  • Physics (graduate level only)
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Biology (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Accounting (graduate level only)
  • Business - Business Administration (graduate level only)
  • Business - Economics (graduate level only)
  • Business - Finance (graduate level only)
  • Business - International Business (graduate level only)
  • Business - Management (graduate level only)
  • Business - Marketing (graduate level only)
  • Chemistry (also available at graduate level)
  • Computer Science (also available at graduate level)
  • Economics (also available at graduate level)
  • Education - Adult and Higher Education (graduate level only)
  • Education - Secondary Education (graduate level only)
  • English (also available at graduate level)
  • History (also available at graduate level)
  • Journalism
  • Languages - Ancient Greek
  • Languages - Arabic
  • Languages - French
  • Languages - German
  • Languages - Latin
  • Languages - Spanish
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Music - Education (also available at graduate level)
  • Music - Performance
  • Nursing (also available at graduate level)
  • Philosophy (also available at graduate level)
  • Physics (also available at graduate level)
  • Pre-Law or Law
  • Psychology (also available at graduate level)
  • Sociology
  • Women and Gender Studies

The University: The University of Basel was founded in 1459 and first opened its doors to students in 1460. It is the oldest university in Switzerland and has strongly been influenced by the rich humanist heritage of the city. Today there are more than 8,000 students in the 6 faculties of the university, taught by 850 senior and about 400 junior teaching staff in 55 main subjects.

Academics: All studies are basically divided into a Grundstudium (basic studies) and a Hauptstudium (advanced studies). Usually, there are examinations at the end of each period. The duration of these periods varies: the Grundstudium usually lasts about two years, the Hauptstudium an additional two or three years.

Many departments produce their own detailed list of courses. Exchange students should contact the departments they are planning to study with directly so that a list of courses can be sent to them before their arrival in Basel. 

Housing: All student halls and a selection of private rooms and flats are available for exchange students. 

Activities and Programs:

Location: Basel, the third largest city of Switzerland, is located in the Northwest of the country, on the Rhine. Germany and France are just a tramride away. The city has a population of approximately 200,000 and the greater area, called the Regio, has around 500,000 inhabitants. Apart from its many historical sights of the Celtic, Roman and Enlightenment periods, the city offers a rich cultural life: about 30 museums, art galleries, and a theatre of international reputation.

International Office Website: http://www.unibas.ch/index.cfm?B1FCBF08C09F28B634E2B522870323C3

Course Offerings: http://www.unibas.ch/index.cfm?uuid=5EF9BC34908CD5F181C9A03FFA8AA673&&IRACER_AUTOLINK&&&o_lang_id=2

Course Offerings in English: http://globalaffairs.unibas.ch/programmes-in-english/

Housing Website: http://www.unibas.ch/index.cfm?5F1C3557F6800139B2C84A1609122FF2 

Cost Estimates for 2014-15*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3,789.60
HTH mandatory insurance $140.00
Books and course materials $150.00
Accommodations $2,200.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,400.00
Airfare $1,650.00
Local Transportation $300.00
Other $650.00
TOTAL $10,279.60

Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014/15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply.
* Costs are based off a four month semester. 
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes budget for Swiss health insurance and everyday/personal expenses.

Some photos and text courtesy of University of Basel