The University of Lucerne is the youngest university in Switzerland. Its roots stretch back as far as 1600, but it has only existed as a modern university since 2000. In the decade since it was founded, the number of students has grown from approximately 250 to around 2700 today. Link: University of Lucerne: www.unilu.ch
Campus and Infrastructure
The new campus building, which was inaugurated in 2011, provides a surface area of 23 000 m2, a modern infrastructure with spacious lecture theatres, and areas for working and socializing.
The new campus is located in the heart of Lucerne, right on the shores of Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) and directly adjacent to the famous Culture and Convention Centre (KKL) and Lucerne central station. The building’s modern architecture has quickly made it into an emblem of the city. Please click here for more information on the University’s building.
All faculty libraries are now located under one roof in the main campus building. The Main & University Library of Lucerne (ZHB) is the largest library in Central Switzerland with more than one million items. Members of the university and the general public have access to 300 000 reference volumes. The library also contains 670 modern workstations equipped with the latest technology. Members of the university also have electronic access to a large number of academic journals and articles. Please click here for more information on the University’s library.
International Relations Office
The International Relations Office of the University of Lucerne supports international students with well-directed information, advice and services. Please click here to be directed to the International Relations Office website.
The University of Lucerne does not offer on-campus accommodation. However, the International Relations Office assists exchange and international students in finding suitable accommodation.
For more information on accommodation please click here (in German only).
Download: Guide for International Students
This step-by-step Guide for International Students will take you through all the information you need to plan and organise what will hopefully be an exciting and enriching stay at the University of Lucerne.
Download: The University of Lucerne
This brochure introduces you to a variety of stimulating and empowering study and research opportunities in an international and inspiring university environment.
Social Life on Campus
The University orchestra, the choir, the amateur dramatics society and University Sports are all good places to meet other students, as are the on-campus foyer, cafeteria and café bar, which form the social hub of the university. The departments and student organisations actively help in all student matters, either as representatives on university committees, of the university itself, or as organisers of the numerous semester parties.
There is plenty of information available on the Internet - here is a selection of useful links:
The official website of the Rector’s Conference of the Swiss Universities offers more general information, please click here Study in Switzerland.
More practical information on living in Switzerland (e.g. transportation system, points of interest etc.) can be found on this website: Swiss University.
On the Study in Lucerne website you will find useful background information for a successful study time in Lucerne as well as information on Swiss visa regulations and other topics that might be of interest for you.
Some information on student life can also be found on our university’s website: Universität Luzern Schnellinfo Studentisches Leben.