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Universitšt Basel

Universitšt Basel, Postfach, Petersplatz 1, CH-4003 Basel, Switzerland
4.01 / 5 based on 18 reviews.

Programmes
Accreditations
66% of students recommend
18 reviews
Housing
4.2/5
All experiences (18)
Student life
3.8/5
5 stars (6)
Academic
4.6/5
4 stars (12)
Languages
4.2/5
3 stars (0)
Expenses
3.3/5
2 stars (0)
Overall
4.4/5
1 star (0)
Basel is a small town, but one you'll fall in love with. Read Review
dwtam, Canada

18 reviews of Universitšt Basel

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HOUSING    
by Denise, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
Philology, University Agreement
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: A student home by the university
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? Basel is a small, university town where people from all over come to study or complete internships. At the student house you get to meet this people whom you get to share your culture with and whose differences you get to learn from. It's just a wonderful melting pot where people, like you, come and go, kind of like a condensed globe.
Personal comments:
From my student home, it took 2 minutes to walk to the university's English seminar, and 5-10 minutes to the French one. My room was spacious and clean, and I share the kitchen and washrooms with the other 17 or so people on my floor. In the basement were an entertainment room, a television room, rooms for musical practice and two laundry rooms with coin-operated machines. There are also study areas and large sitting areas on the ground floor. It's a great place that's accessible to the Rhine, the grocery stores and popular streets for hanging out.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by Juan Carlos, Universidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain
Pharmacy, Erasmus
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
The bar rouge is a very special bar on the top of the highest building of basel. A bit posh but you can't miss it at least once. The Herbstmesse as well as the art fair are just a couple of the many remarkable events in the city. Basel is full of museums you need to visit. In the tourist information point they can provide you with a leaflet of around 30 museums in Basel. I love the Beyeler Foundation and the Tinguely museum. Swimming in the Rhein river is a must.
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ACADEMIC    
by Juan Carlos, Universidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain
Pharmacy, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
I studied Pharmacy. I loved the practical course about Drug design. Molecular modeling and Molekularwirkstoffmechanismen are 2 very speial courses in thin Faculty. The teacher are very good.



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
There are really few exchange students.

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by Juan Carlos, Universidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain
Pharmacy, Erasmus
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: German
Was learning German a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my German
How much did you improve your German?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
I experienced difficulties in the situations descrived above at the begining as I could speak just a bit of german. But I managed to learn the language pretty good and after some months I had no problem. The dialect in the german switzerland is really hard to understand but fortunatelly the academic language is the normal german and every german swiss can speak "high german" without any problem.
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EXPENSES    
by Juan Carlos, Universidad de Sevilla, Seville, Spain
Pharmacy, Erasmus
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
A private grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits:
I spent more in food because it's more expensive in switzerland than in spain. Telephone was cheaper. In spain I live with my family so I don't spend anything in housing. Nightlife is more expensive in switzerland. And I travelled more in switzerland than I usually do in spain.
Housing, Overall, Nightlife, Food, Travel: was more expensive than at home.
Telephone: was less expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
The best is to ask other students where they usually go out at nights to save some money. The chepest supermarkets are the migros ones. They even have a really cheap mobile phone company.
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OVERALL    
by Rachel, University of Oklahoma, Norman, United States
European Studies, University Agreement
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
Prepare a list of important phone numbers in case of emergeny (ex. doctors, dentists, banks, university advisor)
In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
This University offers a great variety of courses and great professors



FINAL COMMENTS

Make sure you have insurance set up and a good budget before you go because it can get pretty costly in Switzerland. Get involved in the Language Center because you will be around individuals facing the same communication struggles as you and this can be very encouraging.
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