The Basel Bachelor Program in Physics consists of two semesters (one year) of introductory physics courses, mathematics lectures and the introductory laboratory course (total of 60 credit points (CP)) followed by four semesters (two years) of courses on experimental and theoretical physics, advanced laboratory courses, a proseminar plus a number of elective courses (total of 120 CP).
The minimum time required to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Physics is three years. To complete all the requirements in three years, students usually feel that a full time commitment to working on courses and exercises is necessary, including a significant amount of time spent preparing for the comprehensive examinations. Admission as a part time student is possible but will of course prolong the time to obtain the Bachelor degree.
More detailed information about the Physics Bachelors Degree Program in Basel you will find here.
Many physics students start the Bachelor degree program after having obtained the Swiss Maturity Diploma upon completing high school (click here to find out how to apply). However, other paths to be admitted to our Bachelors degree program exist. Please visit the webpage of the admissions office of the University of Basel for detailed information. There is an application fee of CHF 100. An additional fee of CHF 150 will be charged in case of a late application, i.e. when the application deadline was missed.
In general the language of instruction of Bachelors courses is German. Proficiency of the German language most likely will be very important for successful completion of studies at the Bachelor level. The scientific language used at our department in the research groups is generally English, and participation in research projects will probably not require knowledge of German language.
Currently, foreign Bachelor students staying in Switzerland on a student VISA need to be enrolled and are not usually allowed to work, except for a very limited time. Further, University rules do not allow to employ Bachelor students at the Departments. Therefore, Bachelors students need to bring the financial means to support themselves while studying towards a Bachelor degree. Part-time employment, for example as a student-aid, may in some cases be possible. However, funds earned in this way will not at all be sufficient to pay for the cost of living.
Tuition fee at the University of Basel is currently CHF 850 per semester, click here for details.
More information for international students is available here.
For particularly talented and motivated students, the Department of Physics offers an “Honors Track” for Bachelor students. More information is available here.
Dr. Thilo Glatzel
Coordinator & Study Advisor
Physics Degree Program
Department of Physics
4056 Basel, Switzerland
T +41 (0)61 207 37 30