Discovery Semester for Refugees

The Fall Semester 2017 sees the commencement of the project "discovery semester for refugees". Refugees with a good command of German (level B2), or English (level B2) 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 including Campus Sport. 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.

The programme starts with a "Welcome Day" on 15 September 2017.

Who can participate?

The program 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
  • Residence status B or F
  • Place of residence cantons Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Uri, Schwyz, Zug

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 and will be informed via e-mail whether they are accepted or not.

Term of application and application

Application is open from 1 July 2017 until 31 August 2017. Please note that the application form is only available in German.

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