Language Café

As a regular BaselConnect event, the first international Language Café in Basel brings locals and people from abroad together to practice conversation in a laid-back atmosphere. Being fluent in German and English, our team ensures conversation in these languages.



World Wide Women

This is a course designed for immigrant women who want to strengthen their professional, social and personal skills. It will increase their possibilities of entering the labour market in the German-speaking regions of Switzerland. .



A ‘Stamm’ is the traditional get-together of the villagers in Switzerland after work for a beer and a chat sitting around the ‘Stammtisch’.


olla común

Olla común: Lunch on Saturdays

Volunteers from different countries—representing cultures from around the world—prepare and serve a traditional meal. The proceeds are donated to a social project of their choosing.



Difficult To Find Friends?

BaselConnect’s president is interviewed about the reported challenges for expats in Basel. She responds to a recent expat survey conducted by HSBC and an article that was written about it.



BaselConnect Education Site

Thanks to the hard work of our Education working group volunteers, we have all of the official information on the public school system—translated into English—on our education site. This is a tremendous service to anyone considering putting their children into local schools.



Sinofonieorchester: Symphony Club

The Symphony Club is an open platform for Basel area expats who have an interest in classical music. They are interested in forming a core member team to help bring expats, locals and orchestra members together in order to share their love of classical music.


Green Home Chef

Introducing Ökozentrum

Ökozentrum is a non-profit-organisation and offers sustainable cooking classes every month in Basel. They offer courses in both English and German, making them an enjoyable and healthy chance for locals and internationals to work together.



skillharbour: the place to exchange your skills

Do what you love for people who love what you do! This Basel based project is the harbour where exchanging skills and talents becomes easy. Swap your skills, find what you are looking for. It’s all free, you just “pay” with your time.


What is an Expat?

An expatriate – or expat – is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and experiencing a culture other than that of their upbringing. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (“out of”) and patria(“country, fatherland”). Expats usually have a tertiary education and/or special skills that are sought after in other countries. Expats in the Basel region include musicians, dancers, dental hygienists and physicians as well as scientists and business managers. The overall perception of expats is that they have come here with something to contribute both in the workplace and the community.