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Hello Everyone!

I have just moved to Basel from Seattle to live with my boyfriend who works here. I do not know anyone in the area and would love to meet english speaking people as my German is nonexistent at this point If you would like to meet up for a drink/coffee, please let me know! I'm up for any social event to meet people!

Also, I do not speak any German and wanted to take some German classes, could anyone recommend some good language courses in the area? Also, I'm looking for work at the present time (I'm a physical therapist) but it seems to be more difficult than I thought, could anyone give me some insight into extending the tourist visa past the 90 days by enrolling in language courses to get student visa, which will at least allow me more time to find work while studying the language?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks,
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Old 05.10.2011, 12:54
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Welcome to Basel, itīs quite a nice, albeit a tad on the expensive side, place to be.
Check out the events section and donīt forget the curry night next week, now THAT is a good place to meet the Basel gang.
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Hi Kat, welcome to Basel! There is a curry planned for Tuesday, if your interested you can see/rsvp here Basel Curry - October 2011 .
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Old 05.10.2011, 13:31
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Thank you so much for the warm welcome! I will definitely check out the curry event and if able, would love to attend!
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Re: Moved to Basel from US

Hello Kat and welcome to Basel and the EF! You can also meet Basel peeps at the following links:

Meetup (variety of groups)
http://www.meetup.com/find/?keywords...5727&op=search

Centrepoint (they have some German conversation classes)
http://www.centrepoint.ch/

Fun & Active Women of Basel:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/180473954436/

Cat's Club:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/thecatsclublist/

Basel Flouncers:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/136413529723148/

And definitely check the events calendar on this site frequently.
Enjoy your life here and good luck on the job search!
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Thanks so much for such useful info!!!
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Hi Kat. Welcome to Basel!
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Thanks Kanna!
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Welcome to Basel!
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Re: Moved to Basel from US

Good choice with this forum if you're new to Switzerland. I might end up at one of these events with my boyfriend moving to Basel shortly as well!

Good luck with the job hunting - it's near impossible for my line of work and mostly being in Australia to find work in Switzerland (haven't looked that hard however) but you need to prepare yourself for employers not waiting for you to get a work permit - however if you're really lucky you might find a job you're suitable for, apply to the Basel canton and receive it while you're there on your allowed 90 days!! On the other hand you might have to leave again to get another visa to re-enter - it's hard for us non EU people! I think you're best bet is to look into language schools, see what would interest you (and in your budget) then apply for a student visa. You're supposed to apply in your own country (US) but I've heard about people getting approved for permits inc. student permit from a canton while on their 90 tourist days in.

One of the EF members wrote this blog a few years ago re jobs www.onebigyodel.com

On this site - just search any key words for what you're after and even if it's an old post - it's very helpful.

Good luck.
Might PM you in a few months when I'll be back there (I'm on the 90 days out of the Schengen right now).
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Old 05.10.2011, 15:22
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Re: Moved to Basel from US

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Welcome to Basel. Hope to see you at the curry-event.

I have family in Seattle and I am visiting them in March next year Love it there
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Thank you QODK! I love Seattle, I think it's as close to Switzerland as it can get in the US
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Good choice with this forum if you're new to Switzerland. I might end up at one of these events with my boyfriend moving to Basel shortly as well!

Good luck with the job hunting - it's near impossible for my line of work and mostly being in Australia to find work in Switzerland (haven't looked that hard however) but you need to prepare yourself for employers not waiting for you to get a work permit - however if you're really lucky you might find a job you're suitable for, apply to the Basel canton and receive it while you're there on your allowed 90 days!! On the other hand you might have to leave again to get another visa to re-enter - it's hard for us non EU people! I think you're best bet is to look into language schools, see what would interest you (and in your budget) then apply for a student visa. You're supposed to apply in your own country (US) but I've heard about people getting approved for permits inc. student permit from a canton while on their 90 tourist days in.

One of the EF members wrote this blog a few years ago re jobs www.onebigyodel.com

On this site - just search any key words for what you're after and even if it's an old post - it's very helpful.

Good luck.
Might PM you in a few months when I'll be back there (I'm on the 90 days out of the Schengen right now).
Thanks for the helpful website link re: jobs, I've been in Basel for a month now and coming to realize how difficult it is indeed to find a job here...I've sent out so many resumes, but I don't speak German and of course being a non-EU citizen is a huge disadvantage in this small country.. I'm afraid I may end up doing what you are doing and having to leave for 3 months if nothing turns up. I will look into the language courses to apply for a student visa, it is probably my best option in the short term.. But thanks for all of your help and we (me and my boyfriend) would love to meet up with you guys when you are back to Basel!
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Welcome to Basel and regarding the job search, remain hopeful but yes it is very difficult in your situation!

In the meantime, no reason not to enjoy the many things Basel and Switzerland has to offer in general, if you are looking to climb indoors we have a group of people doing that too! You don't even need any experience, as we can show you the "ropes", no pun intended
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Welcome here!!!
The 'herbstmesse' is coming up!!! watch out for it, Great fun!!
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You are right, there are so many things to explore around this area! Indoor climbing sounds fun, I've done that a couple of times in the US, I may take you up on it in a little while when my knee heals up after a surgery

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Welcome to Basel and regarding the job search, remain hopeful but yes it is very difficult in your situation!

In the meantime, no reason not to enjoy the many things Basel and Switzerland has to offer in general, if you are looking to climb indoors we have a group of people doing that too! You don't even need any experience, as we can show you the "ropes", no pun intended
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Re: Moved to Basel from US

Heya, welcome to the forum.
I have recently moved to Basel as well and would also like to meet English speaking people as my German is non-existent too. I have just started German classes at the University in Basel, I am a student so it was quite a good price but these lessons have started so I don’t know if you can still join in or if you have to be a student to attend them but if you are interested I can send you their e-mail address if you want to ask about them? I was recommended by people I work with that the Migros Klubschule is good for lessons because they went there to learn English and their English is quite good; I know there is one near where I work in Gundeldingen (it is on the tramline 16. The tramline 15 and busline 36 also stop close by too)but I don’t know if there are others in Basel, here is the link to their website.
http://www.klubschule.ch/de/english/Seiten/BeginnerLevelA2.aspx
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You are right, there are so many things to explore around this area! Indoor climbing sounds fun, I've done that a couple of times in the US, I may take you up on it in a little while when my knee heals up after a surgery
Oh dear, my Mom is also going into surgery on her foot tomorrow, hope it goes smoothly for you! Will be glad to welcome you to our climbing group when you are fit again
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Hi Kat

I'm moving from the UK to Basel in about 3 weeks with my boyfriend. He'll be working full time so I'll be looking for people to meet up with in the day time to try and keep busy and explore the city. I'll also be looking for work but understand this may take a while as I also speak very little German .

I'll update you when we actually arrive if you wanted to meet up.

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Hi Kat

I'm moving from the UK to Basel in about 3 weeks with my boyfriend. He'll be working full time so I'll be looking for people to meet up with in the day time to try and keep busy and explore the city. I'll also be looking for work but understand this may take a while as I also speak very little German .

I'll update you when we actually arrive if you wanted to meet up.

Kind regards

Laura
Hi Laura,

Definitely please let me know when you arrive here so that we could meet up for drinks and explore the city together!
Safe travels!
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