The Fall Semester 2019 sees the commencement of the project "discovery semester ". You are invited to get to know the University of Lucerne not only as an academic institution but also as a place of intercultural exchange with the possibility to meet Swiss students and professors and to learn more about the Swiss Higher Education System. The various information and counselling services offered by the University of Lucerne can help you with a personal assessment and reorientation. Furthermore you can improve your language skills. 

What the programme offers

  • Attendance of up to four courses as an audit student in the fields of Theology, Humanities and Cultural Sciences, Law and Economics and Management. Please note that as audit students you don't have the possibility to earn credits or to take an exam.
  • Option to borrow a laptop free of charge for the duration of the programme, to participate in all course offerings of the Campus Sport and to access the University library (ZHB). At the end of the semester a certificate of attendance will be issued. 
  • Buddy system organized by Lucerne students and participation in events and excursions, e.g. cooking evening. 
  • Welcome Day Friday before the start of the semester with official welcome and introduction to the "Discovery semester"

Who can participate?

The programme is open to refugees who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Minimum age of 21 years
  • German level B2 or alternatively English B2 for English-taught lectures (no language certificate required, language skills will be assessed in a personal meeting)
  • Residence status B, F or N
  • Place of residence in cantons Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Uri, Schwyz, Zug


Please note that the following deadlines apply:

Application for the fall semester 2019 possible until 31.07.2019

Application for the spring semester 2020 possible until 31.12.2019

Please do not hesitate to contact us via phone at 041 229 5390 or via e-mail at

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the programme!

Application form only available in German; please go to the German website to apply.

General information on studying in Switzerland

Website only available in German