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Hello,

I am currently in USA working on a H1-B visa with 15 years of experience in IT ERP Project Management. My partner got a job in Switzerland - Permit B and is moving. I am planning to move but learnt that finding a job in in Basel is difficult. I am considering pursuing a Master's in Computer Science in Uni of Basel, any recommendations and review would be greatly appreciated.

I am specifically looking for tuition cost, job prospects after completing the degree?

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Re: Master's in Computer Science - Uni of Basel

Welcome to the Forum.

When you say partner, do you mean spouse or same-sex partner or just girlfriend/boyfriend? If you wish to come as a dependent, your partnership situation is relevant in terms of what permit you can request/receive.

If you wish to come on your own as a student, I believe you can't work during the first 6 months of your studies and you'll need prove you have sufficient funds for living and study costs. You'll have to explain to the authorities why you need to study a Master of Computer Science in Switzerland as opposed to somewhere else in order for them to approve a study permit. If you already have a master's degree that could be a tough sell. If you're over age 30 I think there are also limits on study permits.

As a non-EU on your own (i.e. not dependent), you'll sign a document saying you agree leave after your studies are over. You do get 6 months to find a job, but again on your own as a non-EU that's not always easy even with a Swiss degree. It's not impossible though.

As for tuition and fees, I'm going to be cheeky and ask if your Google-fu is broken, especially since you say you have 15 years of IT experience. First hit for tuition University Basel: https://www.unibas.ch/en/Studies/App...ion-Fees-.html

In terms of living expenses, do a search here on EF. There are many threads about cost of living that can help you figure out what will and won't work for you and/or your partner.

Lastly, depending on how long your partner's contract is, you may want to consider whether this move is worth giving up the H1-B. It would seem visas of all kinds are getting more and more restricted, and the opportunity to go back is less certain than it was before this president.
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