Founded in 1460, the University of Basel (De: Universitat Basel, Schweiz) is the oldest university in Switzerland. A rather small university with a long-standing tradition of excellence, it is a distinguished center of teaching and research. Situated on the three-nation border of Switzerland, Germany, and France, Basel is at the very core of central Europe. The University, located attractively near the medieval city center, benefits from the international and open-minded flair which characterizes the city. With its several world-famous museums, Basel has a rich cultural life. The University of Basel has a warm and personal atmosphere. Even with some 10,000 students, it is still easy to make friends. The historic and modern buildings are inspiring sites for learning, equipped to meet the educational and professional challenges of the modern knowledge economy. The students can choose from a wide range of quality programs offered by seven faculties which excel at teaching and research. Known for its outstanding competence and innovation in emerging fields of science, the University of Basel considers life sciences and culture as its core research areas.