If you’re looking for a place to do your Erasmus, why not consider the city of Basel, in Switzerland? Basel is in the northwest of Switzerland, on the border with Germany and France, and is the third largest city in the country. Crossed by the Rhine, Basel is well known for its higher education, with its prestigious universities and varied range of university courses.

Welcoming, easy to adapt to, and home to renowned educational institutions, Basel is becoming an increasingly big name in the world of international academic mobility. The University of Basel has been consistently ranked one of the top 100 universities in the world. The oldest in the country, the University of Basel was founded in 1459 and welcomes more than 12,000 international students from over 100 different countries.

Also known as Switzerland’s cultural and artistic capital, Basel has approximately 40 museums (many of them free-entry) and numerous day-time and night-time attractions. Blending history with the modern day, this small yet vibrant city has a lot to offer. The city’s location is also unique: since Basel is so close to both Germany and France, you can easily spend a day or a weekend in these countries.

Ready to welcome you with open arms, Basel offers a wide variety of activities and low-cost or free attractions, and a way of life that makes it easy to balance your leisure activities with your studies.

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Basel Cathedral, which houses Erasmus of Rotterdam’s tomb


Kunstmuseum, Antikenmuseum Basel, Museum für Gegenwartskunst


Sandoase, Hinz und Kunz Bar, Bar Les Trois Rois

Dancing spots

Club 59, Sud, Cafe Singer: Bar & Club

Outdoor activities

Tierpark Lange Erlen, Merian Garten, Botanischer Garten der Universität

Cheap eats

Sapori Del Sud, The Kitchen, Manora

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