As far as is possible the University of Lucerne is continuing with its exchange programmes. In this currently uncertain and ever-changing situation, all those involved are doing their utmost and ensuring flexibility in order to enable students to have a successful exchange experience. After consultation with the International Realtions Office, faculty based study advisors and our partner universities, study abroad arrangements may be changed or postponed due to the pandemic.
Should you have any further questions or concerns please get in touch with your mobility advisors.
Current, autumn 2020 University of Lucerne outgoing students provide the following answers to this question:
"A mobility semester is an unique opportunity for a great adventure, bringing with it an enormous enrichment for your professional and private life. Although the experience is different due to the pandemic, it is no less interesting - on the contrary, it brings many other special experiences and I have gotten to know myself in a completely new way. After all, the pandemic is also a part of our lives, and despite having to observe safety measures, it is not an insurmountable obstacle - you just have to be sensible about it." Patrizia, Master student, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna
"When I planned my exchange semester in Madrid, Corona was still a long way off. But when it became clear what problems this semester might bring with it, I didn't hesitate for a second to start the semester here, because a study-related stay in a foreign country is always an enormous enrichment, no matter what the conditions. Moreover, the Covid crisis is a global phenomenon, so Switzerland is also affected by it. In the end, I am even able to live more freely here in Spain today than in Switzerland, since, for example, all lectures are still taking place 'in person'. Furthermore, however, it must also be said that in my situation it would not have been possible to postpone the exchange semester." Dominik, Master student, Faculty of Theology, Universidad Pontifica Comillas Madrid
"A semester abroad is always associated with many challenges - which means that now, due to the worldwide pandemic, there are a few more difficulties to overcome. Nevertheless, in my opinion, a semester abroad is still worthwhile, because the immersion in an emic perspective, the international friendships as well as the academic perspectives offer a unique opportunity that should be taken advantage of." Milan, Master student, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tel Aviv University
"Wanderlust and the longing to broaden my cultural and academic horizons are of course only two of the many reasons that moved me to take part in an exchange semester. The intertwining of politics and religions in particular makes it very appealing for me to learn more about the interesting culture in Israel and especially in Tel Aviv. The worldwide situation of a pandemic has of course not made this step easier and has set up a number of hurdles. But it became evidentthat through the helpfulness and great support of the University of Lucerne and the University of Tel Aviv, the impossible can be made possible." Noah, Master student, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tel Aviv University
"I decided on an exchange semester to break out of my "comfort zone" and broaden my horizon. The COVID-19 pandemic does not stop me, it teaches me even more to deal with uncertainty and to make the best of situations that do not meet expectations. " Vera, Master student, Faculty of Law, University of Edinburgh
"At first I had doubts whether I should really do my semester abroad because the corona situation in Spain was not particularly good. In the end, however, I decided to do it because I believe that you can benefit from the experience of studying abroad even under extraordinary circumstances. I do not regret this decision. Of course, a semester abroad is a bit different at the moment, but I would say different, but certainly just as enriching." Noémi, Bachelor student, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Universidad de Granada
"An exchange semester is - regardless of external circumstances - a unique and in every respect enriching life experience. For me personally: the perfect conclusion to my studies." Florian, Master student, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
Erasmus Student Network (ESN): Follow the relevant ESN section of your prospective (European) host country for the most up-to-date information on the situation for students.
Further information on the situation in your host country can be found on the website of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)