The University of Basel and its Centre for African Studies offer numerous options to focus on Africa during your studies:

Since 2002 the Centre for African Studies Basel has offered an MA in interdisciplinary African Studies. The programme integrates the specific competencies in African Studies at the University of Basel into interdisciplinary training that combines natural and social sciences and humanities.

Africa-related courses are also offered within the framework of other BA and MA study programmes and several subject areas provide the option of choosing Africa as a regional focus.

Around 40 students are currently registered for the MA African Studies programme, and many students from other programmes participate in courses and engage with themes related to African studies.

Degree programmes with focus on Africa


Most Africa-related courses are linked to the MA African Studies in the university's online course directory. The detailed directory includes additional relevant courses offered by the University of Basel and other universities.

Student Projects

Participants of the second european students conference on african studies held in Basel in 2022

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Call: 3rd European Students' Conference on African Studies

Are you a Master's student or recent graduate? Have you researched or worked on academic projects relating to Africa? Then, join the 3rdEuropean Students' Conference in African Studies at the University of Basel from the 29-30 August 2024!
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Interactive Map of Colonial Entanglements in Basel

An interactive map shows how the history of Basel is interwoven with the history of colonialism. The map is a coproduction of the Visionscarto collective in coproduction with students at the University of Basel in the framework of the…
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SESCAS 2022: Detailed program now online

The Second European Students' Conference on African Studies takes place from 31 August to 2 September 2022 in Basel. The detailed program is now available on the conference website. Online registration is open.

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Visual History Lab 2021: Quilombo - Sharing Perspectives with Artists from DRC, Brazil and Switzerland

The focus of the Visual History Lab 2021 was on “Quilombo”, a collaboration of artists from Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Switzerland. A group of four students produced a video reflecting on the artistic project and on the…
Impressions from student's field trip to Guangzhou, China, January 2020. Photo: O. Omodunbi

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"African Worlds in China": Website on students' field trip to Guangzhou

In January 2020, twelve social anthropology students from the University of Basel embarked on a field research trip to explore African communities in Guangzhou, China. Now, they created a website that offers some impressions from this…

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During this year’s Visual History Lab, a group of students created a website that helps the Namibian public to access text documents, sound recordings and photos in the "Ernst & Ruth Dammann Collection" at the Basler Afrika Bibliographien…