The University of Lucerne is a young one. Although its roots reach back as far as 1600, it has only been one of Switzerland's twelve universities since 2000.
The University of Lucerne has just three faculties and is distinguished by a streamlined and clearly identifiable profile. The three faculties (theology, law, humanities and social sciences) allow the university to focus on three core areas, thereby grouping together its competence in humanities and training law students.
The system of study at the University of Lucerne conforms to a pan-European standard in accordance with the Bologna Process model. Studies are arranged according to a three-step system. The bachelor's degree is awarded after 6 semesters. Students can then acquire a master's degree after another 3-4 semesters. Subject to achieving the necessary qualification, students can then take up doctoral studies. This system of study has been implemented in all three faculties.
The convenient size of the University of Lucerne provides students with a great degree of freedom and permits innovative subject combinations. Study courses are offered in traditional subjects as well as in overlapping integrated subjects. Students can also combine elements from different faculties. The excellent student support system is a special feature of the University of Lucerne.
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 (in German only).
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).
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