Education & training in Basel
There are plenty of adult education options in Basel, but many are offered in German. However, numerous language schools provide support in learning German. Networking with fellow expats or friendly locals will provide insider information and inspiration for new ideas and activities.
Universities in Basel
CRUS created a very useful and comprehensive list of all degree programmes in Switzerland that are offered in English.
The Bologna Reform is a system to recognise foreign qualifications. It was created to facilitate mobility in the tertiary education sector. Switzerland was amongst the first countries to sign and implement this declaration.
Many universities offer flexible study options for mature students, with evening and Saturday classes allowing for work and family commitments. Post-graduate degree courses can be taken when certain requirements are met, such as a recognised tertiary education or work experience.
University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland. It has a long tradition in the sciences and research. It has seven faculties and offers over 30 postgraduate programmes. The Advanced Study Centre focuses on business and international development and in scientific education. It offers more than 100 short courses. The university also houses the Europa Institut, which concentrates on European integration in law, economics and humanities.
The Spouse Career Centre in Basel supports spouses wishing to continue professional careers in Switzerland. It offers career counselling and assesses professional qualifications and experience in relation to the local job market.
Special interest courses
Whether you want to learn a language, take up a hobby, or acquire new skills, there are special interest courses available for all needs and interests. For language learning, see the article Language courses in Basel. The Basel Migros Klubschule offers courses on topics including IT, art, bookkeeping, health and much more. Most, but not all, courses in Basel are taught in German.