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Old 31.10.2008, 08:33
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Adult English Studies - Basel

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I checked out the website for Basel University, but most of it was in German, which I don't speak (yet ), and what was available didn't help much. I am also bad at the internet surfing thing which could be causing my current frustration

Annyhoo, seeing as I am being promoted to the position of "home executive" (or housewife, depending on what I turn into when it happens), I was thinking that it might be a good idea to use the time to study towards being an occupational therapist. I am currently a production accountant in the local film industry, but would much rather do something more meaningful with my life when the baby grows up goes off to school.

Can anyone tell me if I can study in English at Basel, or do I have to try and find a correspondence course?
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Re: Adult English Studies - Basel

Dear Twinkletoes,

It's not really my area, but this might help. The German term for occupational therapy is 'Ergotherapie' and the main school for it,
which used to be in Zürich, now seems to have relocated to
Winterthur - a long commute from Basel. Training for this is
in specialist schools, not at one of the academic universities.
It doesn't look as though you would be able to do this in English
either, and if you think about the kind of clients you would have,
you would *have* to have a high degree of competence in
German - and even better, in Swiss dialect. So my advice is
that if you want to pursue this, in English, it will have to be by
correspondence -- but be prepared for not having whatever
certification you receive be recognized here. The Swiss (and
the Germans) are sticky about professional-type qualifications
that they themselves have not handed out through their own
training systems.

You'll probably do better, at least at first, in continuing your
work as a "production accountant" (whatever that actually
means!) and parlaying that skill into other areas. There are
a lot of Bollywood productions that have been filmed here -
maybe you can get yourself connected to one of them??

Best,
J.
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Re: Adult English Studies - Basel

Thanks J

I have resigned myself to the fact that this is not going to be an option for me for a while. In the meantime, I have chanced apon another idea to make ends meet with the help of the wonderful responses from people on the Forum. Thanks everyone!
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Re: Adult English Studies - Basel

Hi Twinkletoes.

I'm moving to Geneva in January (2012), and was actually thinking along the same lines as you: re-studying, to do occupational therapy, in English in Switzerland. Did you get any further with this thinking?

What was the other job that you found through this forum, if you don't mind me asking?

Hope you still check in on this website! I note the thread was from 2008.

Cheers!

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