CAS - Practical Information

Target audience

The CAS in African Affairs and Intercultural Competence is designed for professionals in private enterprises, public agencies and NGOs who work in an African context or aim to do so. It is ideal for professionals who work in Africa or engage with African partners, staff or clients.

Structure and format

The study programme is divided into six thematic and one concluding sessions of two or three days each. These seven sessions comprise 17 course days in total and include lectures, class discussions, working groups and presentations. In addition to the teaching in class, the participants carry out independent study and implement a project according to their individual interests and professional requirements. The total workload of the study programme is approximately 300 hours, which is equivalent to 10 credit points according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).


Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) issued by the Advanced Study Centre of the University of Basel.


Courses are taught in English. Project reports and summaries may also be written in German or French.


Drawing on the academic staff of the Centre for African Studies Basel and its partner institutions, we ensure high quality teaching in a broad range of topics. In order to provide further expertise we entrust distinguished academic and professional experts with teaching in selected fields.

See the faculty list for details.

Time schedule

The CAS course 2018/19 starts in May 2018. The duration is one year (part-time). See the calendar for details.

Course fee

CHF 6200 incl. course documentation, coffee and snacks; travel expenses, accommodation and meals are not included

Early bird fee: CHF 5600 if registered by 15 December 2017