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Life in Lucerne

Lucerne – In the Heart of Switzerland

Lucerne is located in the German-speaking region of Central Switzerland. It is the capital of the canton of Lucerne and the largest city in Central Switzerland with around 76 000 inhabitants.
Lucerne has long been a destination for tourists due to its location on the shores of Lake Lucerne, within sight of the Pilatus and Rigi mountains and the panorama of the Swiss Alps. Lucerne was voted one of the top 12 travel destinations in the world by TripAdvisor. Despite its many visitors, the city of Lucerne remains intimate, whilst its cultural life is on a par with other world cities and includes innovative theatres, exhibitions in renowned museums, the international Lucerne Festival, concerts covering the whole musical spectrum, and the “Fasnacht” (carnival).

Lucerne - In the Centre of Europe

Lucerne is a gateway to many exciting cities such as Milan, Paris or Munich, which can all be reached within a few hours by car, train or plane. Zurich Airport, the largest airport in Switzerland with intercontinental services, is only a one-hour train ride from Lucerne. The city’s central geographical location, countless tourists from Europe and overseas, and its mix of international researchers and students lend the city an international atmosphere, while preserving the aspects that are uniquely Swiss.

Living Expenses

The Swiss Immigration Office requires international students to furnish proof of sufficient financial means to finance their stay in Switzerland (an average amount of CHF 30.- per day according to the Federal Office of Migration).

General living expenses range between CHF 21'000.- and 31'000.- per year (depending on personal demands), Source: www.crus.ch (Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities, as of: 25.01.2013).

Visa Application - Immigration

Students from countries outside the EU/EFTA need to apply for a visa at Swiss embassy consulate of their home country in order to enter Switzerland. Foreign nationals who are not EU/EFTA citizens and who do not require a visa should consult the Swiss embassy or consulate in their country for the current entry and residence requirements and formalities: Swiss Representations. For more information please visit the Crus website (Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities).

Health Insurance Coverage

All persons living in Switzerland for more than three months, including also international students, must have basic health insurance coverage. Students from countries that provide international mutual health coverage may be exempted from the compulsory health insurance. Other students may be exempted if they have equivalent health insurance coverage in their home country. For more information please visit the Crus website (Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities).