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.

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Student Projects

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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…

/ Research, Studies An online portal enables access to text, sound and photos at the BAB archives

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…
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Online exhibition: Kaboom! – Focus on African Comics

This online exhibition examines the rolse of graphic novels from Africa and on Africa as a source for research into the recent history.

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Podcast: Afrikabilder in der Schweiz

Sechs Studentinnen des Masterstudiengangs African Studies an der Universität Basel wollten wissen, was es mit den in der Schweiz vorherrschenden – oft negativen – Bildern über Afrika auf sich hat und sich selbstständig Kompetenzen im…