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Open Auditorium

The project Open Auditorium (German: Offener Hörsaal) promotes refugee participation in the existing student auditing program at the University of Basel. The student auditing program is open to everyone and includes around 500 courses in German, French and English. In addition, participants can take part in a language course.

Currently, we are looking for participants for the coming semester (February to June 2017). Please note the deadline for application is on January 8.

In addition, there will be an information event on January 3rd for refugees interested in participating.

> Why this project?
> Who is this program meant for?
> What is the student auditing program?
> Information event for interested refugees
> What is the buddy program?
> Do you have any questions?
> Supporters
> Project team

Why this project?

The number of people applying for asylum in Switzerland has grown by almost 30% in the year 2015. (source) Eidgenössisches Justiz- und Polizeidepartement EJPD, Staatssekretariat für Migration SEM. 2015. Kommentierte Asylstatistik 3. Quartal 2015. Among the refugees, there are many with an academic background. Their participation in the student auditing program could pave the way for full-time enrollment at universities.

The University of Basel is the oldest institution of higher education in Switzerland and can look back at a long humanitarian tradition, for example supporting refugees during the Hungarian uprising of 1956. Our project aims to build further on this tradition and to contribute towards a successful integration of current and new refugees. Through their participation in the student auditing program, these refugees have the opportunity to expand their academic skills and language proficiency. Furthermore, the program enables and encourages cross-cultural exchange between the participating refugees and students, as well as university staff. This strengthens educational equality and fosters the refugees’ potential.

Who is this program meant for?

The program is directed at current and new asylum seekers and refugees who possess an academic background or interest and who have their residence in the greater Basel area. The covering of the fees of the student auditing program is limited to 20 people. The allocation of these twenty places occurs after talking to refugees and asylum seekers who are interested in participating.

What is the student auditing program?

The existing student auditing program is open to all interested persons and consists of around 500 selected courses in German, French, and English. The registration fees of the student auditing program for participating refugees or asylum seekers are covered by the project. Course auditors may participate in the courses, though it is not be possible to obtain any academic degree or certificate through the student auditing program.

Information event for interested refugees

What's it about: Information about the project for refugees who are interested in participating.
When: Tuesday, January 3rd, 4 PM
Where: Universitätsbibliothek (main library of the university) Basel, Vortragssaal
Address: Schönbeinstrasse 18-20, 4056 Basel (Google Maps)

What is the buddy program?

A central aspect of the Open Auditorium will be the buddy program, which will be organized by the project team. Student volunteers, or “buddies”, will meet with the participating refugees before the start of the semester and will continue to so on a regular basis throughout the semester. The goal is to pass along information about the services and facilities of the university, as well as to offer help in case of questions or difficulties. The buddy program also connects people socially, and may include other activities such as language learning groups or social gatherings.

Do you have any questions or would like to participate?

Then don’t hesitate to write us an e-mail to and we will get in touch with you!

Important: Please send your application before January 8, 2017 in order to participate as auditor in the coming spring semester 2017 (February to June).


The Open Auditorium has partnered with Amnesty International Students Basel. The idea of the project is supported by the following people and groups at the University of Basel:

Unterstützer und Unterstützerinnen
em. Prof. Peter Albrecht, em. Professor für Strafrecht
Dr. iur. Tilmann Altwicker, Lehrbeauftragter im Fachbereich Öffentliches Recht
Prof. Dr. Bilgin Ayata, Assistenzprofessorin für Politische Soziologie
Dr. Klaus Birnstiel, Wissenschaftlicher Assistent für Neuere deutsche Literaturwissenschaft
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Bailer, Professorin Politikwissenschaft
Prof. Dr. Thomas Grob, Ordinarius Slavische und Allgemeine Literaturwissenschaft
PD Dr. theol. Alexander Heit, Privatdozent Systematische Theologie/Ethik
Prof. Dr. Gunnar Hindrichs, Professor für Geschichte der Philosophie
Prof. Dr. Elisio Macamo, Associate Professor African Studies, Vorsteher Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Prof. Dr. Ueli Mäder, Ordinarius Soziologie
Prof. Dr. Andrea Maihofer, Professur für Geschlechterforschung & Leiterin des Zentrum Gender Studies
PD Dr. Katrin Meyer, Privatdozentin für Philosophie und Koordinatorin SUK-Teilprogramm Gender Studies
Prof. Dr. Axel Paul, Ordinarius für Allgemeine Soziologie
Prof. Dr. Teresa Pullano, Assistant Professor of European Global Studies
Prof. Dr. Maurus Reinkowski, Professor für Islamwissenschaft
Dr. iur. Vanessa Rüegger, Lehrbeauftragte im Fachbereich Öffentliches Recht
Dr. Sarah Schilliger, Oberassistentin Soziologie/Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Dr. iur. Evelyne Schmid, Lehrbeauftragte im Fachbereich Öffentliches Recht
Dr. iur. Tanja Soland, Lehrbeauftragte im Fachbereich Strafrecht
Prof. Dr. Markus Wild, Professor für Theoretische Philosophie
Dr. Katja Windisch, Geschäftsleiterin des Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Dr. Roland Zaugg, Gastdozent Geographie

Unterstützende Organisationen und Gruppierungen
Fachgruppe Deutsch
Fachgruppe Ethnologie
Fachgruppe Gender Studies
Fachgruppe Geographie
Fachgruppe Geschichte
Fachgruppe Hispanistik
Fachgruppe Ius
Fachgruppe Kunstgeschichte
Fachgruppe Medienwissenschaften
Fachgruppe Philosophie
Fachgruppe Psychologie
Fachgruppe Soziologie
Fachgruppe Wirtschaft
Fachschaft Medizin
Fachschaft Sport
Fachstelle für Nachhaltigkeit der Universität Basel
Muslim Students Association University of Basel
SKUBA, Studentische Körperschaft der Universität Basel
Sprachenzentrum der Universität Basel
Verein Studierender der Biologie
Zentrum für Entwicklungs- und Persönlichkeitspsychologie

Project team

The project is organized by several students at the University of Basel: Livia Büchler, Stefan Donati, Catherine Egli, Seamus Forde, Lisa Frese, Elisa Guggisberg, Tim Harder, Sara Hensler, Aylin Laubscher, Jakob Merane, Lea Mohler, Corinne Reutimann, Jana Schiendorfer, Darius Savelsberg (formerly), Olga Thiel as well as Lara Gorski and Thanushiyah Tharmadevan.

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Last change: December 4, 2016