Discovery Semester for Refugees

The Spring Semester 2017 sees the commencement of the project "discovery semester for refugees". Refugees with a good command of German (level B2), or  English for English-taught lectures, can register free of charge for one semester of classes that are open for audit students in the fields of theology, humanities and social sciences, law and economics.

As audit students, refugees can visit certain classes without taking exams and without the possibility to earn credit points. The offer is limited to 10 places per semester. Interested refugees can register for a maximum of four classes per week. There will be a buddy system organized by the student organization Lucerne (SOL), participants can use all information and consulting services available at the University of Lucerne. Participants are obliged to attend all classes they are registered for and have to deregister in case they are not able to attend. At the end of the semester, a course attendance certificate will be issued. It is not possible to earn a final degree.

Who can participate?

In a first phase, the program is open to refugees that are being supervised by the SAH Zentralschweiz, Schweizerisches Arbeitshilfswerk (only in German) in Lucerne and who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Minimum age of 21 years
  • German level B2 or alternatively English B2 for English-taught lectures
  • Residence status B or F
  • Place of residence canton Lucerne

What is the objective of this initiative?

The main objective of this initiative is to give refugees interested in studying in Switzerland an insight into the Swiss tertiary education system, to foster their knowledge of German and to bring them into contact with persons from the academic sector.

What is the selection process?

Refugees can register via the website "discovery semester" at the University of Lucerne. The selection process is handled by the SAH Zentralschweiz.

  • Refugees with the residence status B or F that are registered with the SAH Zentralschweiz are given first priority
  • Remaining places will be filled on a first come first served basis

Term of application and application

The application deadline for the spring semester has expired. Late applications cannot be accepted.