The Spring semester is nearing its end, and with it the academic year. There is a lot of activity in our university corridors, the last lectures and seminars are taking place and the exams are looming. It seems that in every corner, students are cramming for exams, finishing off their final papers, and very soon we will find ourselves in the non-lecture period, a time during which, the university seems to enter a supposed deep sleep. But only supposedly, because a university is not only a place of teaching, exams and final papers. A university is also a place where science is propelled forward, and is done so tirelessly by researchers who are obsessed with their thirst for knowledge.
Messages from the University Management
'Open Door' at the Rector’s Office
Prof. Dr. Bruno Staffelbach’s office door will be open, when not already engaged in a meeting – visitors are welcome. Once per semester, the rector will open his door at a specified time. The first opportunity will be Tuesday, 28th May from 9am-11am. The rector will be available for questions, and welcomes your concerns, wishes and suggestions. Prior registration is not necessary.
Sunday opening times for students
The library will have special opening times: 26th and 30th May and the 2nd/9th/10th/16th/20th and 23rd June – from 9am to 5pm.
University of Lucerne and PH students can gain access via the night entrance, and with a valid CampusCard. More Info (in German, pdf)
Workstations for students during the exam revision period
Looking for a quiet space to read and study? During the exam period spaces will be reserved for students on the basement floor of the Uni/PH-building.
Tutorium: reserved from the 15th May to the 30th June 2019.
Hörsaal 11, Hörsaal 12, Hörsaal 13, Hörsaal 14: reserved from the 1st to the 30th June 2019.
An information board near the door will inform users whether the room has been designated for group work or for quiet independent work.
Library (1st floor): A total of 670 individual workstations are available.
Lockers: Key return
Have you been renting a locker this semester? Please return your locker key by Friday 28th January 2019 (latest) to the Infodesk. Please note: your locker must be fully emptied; please leave the door open and close the lock.
Costs and further information
German course for non-natives in the autumn semester 2019
This semester course is particularly suitable for students from Italian- or French-speaking Switzerland, however other international students and exchange students are also very welcome to join. The course will run for 6 blocks, on Wednesdays from 4:15pm to 7:30pm. Registration is already open. Further information, course fee and registration
Workshops by students for students
Students are often expected to possess interdisciplinary competences: use of 'Office' software, presentation skills, good graphic design skills and many more. Visit our free of charge workshops run 'by students for students'. More Information (Teaching Development Centre)
Web video-competition for science
Fastforward Science 2019 is looking for the best science videos on the web. The deadline for entries is the 22nd July 2019. Everyone is welcome to participate: students, young researchers, communicators, YouTubers, and anyone interested in science.
Opening times and work stations in July and August
Building closed between 29th July and 11th August
From Monday, 29th July to Sunday 11th August 2019, the Uni/PH-building will be closed in order to allow the annual inspection and maintenance work to be carried out. The building can only be accessed by university staff via the night entrance point.
Workstations for students during the closure of the building
During the closure of the building, the following workstations with WLAN eduroam will be available for use and reserved for Uni Lucerne and PH Lucerne students on a first come, first served basis:
Monday to Friday (excluding the 1st August public holiday)
PH Lucerne, Altes Zeughaus, rooms E04, E10 and 110 (Mon-Fri 6:45 am - 8.15pm), approx. 50 workstations
Monday to Saturday (excluding the 1st August public holiday)
HSLU-Wirtschaft, Zentralstrasse 9, room 2.02 (Plenum), 2. OG (Mon-Fri 8am – 9:15pm, Sat 8am – 6:15pm), approx. 30 workstations
Flyer with map (pdf)
The Library’s summer opening times
From July to August, the library will close at 6:30pm (Mon-Fri). Normal opening hours apply on Saturdays (7:45am-3:30pm).
From 29th July to 10th August 2018 (building closed) no media can be viewed or taken from the library’s holdings.
Electronic media (magazines, e-books and research tools) are accessible via EZProxy and research.
The Mensa takes a summer break
The Mensa will close for three weeks: from Monday, 22nd July to Sunday, 12th August. The vending machines and the staff recreation rooms will be serviced during these weeks.
Application deadlines for student exchange for the spring semester 2020
If you are interested in taking part in an exchange, please take a look at the website of the International Relations Office (IRO) and contact the mobility coordinator within your home faculty in good time.
Deadlines for all exchange programmes
SEMP-Programme (exchange within Europe): 1st September 2019
Partnership-Programme (exchange outside of Europe): 1st September 2019
CH-Unimobil-Programme (exchange within Switzerland): 15th November 2019
HSCL: Sport offering
There’s no need to give up sport at the end of the semester. The holiday trainings for the summer start on Monday 3rd June. The exact dates and information to the sport offerings can be found on the Website.
Psychological Advisory Service Campus Lucerne
The psychological advisory centre advises students in cases of acute pressure and problems, e.g. in handling stress and being overworked, acute psychological problems, anxiety, crises and mental blocks, but also with personal difficulties. The service is free of charge and confidential. For more information please consult the Website.
horizonte – Hochschulseelsorge Luzern
PD Dr. theol. Lorenzo Scornaienchi, of the Evangelic-Reformed Church is the new university chaplain. Since the beginning of April, he has been taking care of the ecumenical university chaplaincy horizonte together with his Roman-Catholic and Jesuit Priest colleague Andreas Schalbetter. The university chaplaincy offers students support via personal talks and organises different events.
Student Administration Office information
Workshop series on career services
The University of Lucerne’s first series of career services’ workshops was met with a positive response: between 60-90 students took part. The topics were 'Writing applications' (1st April), 'Interviews' (16th April) and ‘Networking’(8th May). The students received concrete tips and got to know some proven strategies. The new career service offering is designed to support students in their transition from student to professional life. The series of workshops on career entry will be continued in the autumn semester 2019. www.unilu.ch/careerservices
U-Change: sustainable development call
Project proposals can be submitted up until the 31st August via www.u-change.ch. Students at all Swiss universities with a new project idea or an existing project in sustainable development can apply for support.
Call: Project ideas on the topic of family- and work-life balance
Do you have a great idea for a project on the topic of family- and work-life balance but no budget for it? Then this is your chance! The ‘Kita Campus’ day care centre that services all three Lucerne universities used to be run as an association, but for many years now, has been part of the PH Lucerne. There are funds left over from the dissolution of the association, which are to be used on a project on the aforementioned topic.
25’000 CHF can be invested in the best project idea. Please send your suggestions to chancengleichheit by the 14th June 2019. @ unilu.ch
Guidelines (pdf, in German).The Office of Equal Opportunity is at your disposal should you have any questions.
Women’s strike action at the University of Lucerne
Students, staff and student groups have come together to form a women’s strike action group at the University of Lucerne. Together with the Office of Equal Opportunity they are raising awareness of the urgency of the women’s strike action on the 14th June 2019.
For more details see the German version
News from the ZHB Lucerne Library
Swissdox database: Wasn’t there something in the newspaper...
The database Swissdox facilitates the research of articles in the Swiss media landscape and offers access to a current total of 280 newspapers and magazines such as the ‘Republik’, the ‘NZZ’ and the ‘Willisauer Bote’. Also accessible are the most recent editions of the day. The database greatly supports the research of current events and is a great help when creating a media digest or press review.
Swissdox is accessible via the ZHB/Uni/PH net, and via the database directory DBIS ZHB
The ZHB tests the use of artifical intelligence: Lucebro
The ZHB Lucerne is testing the intelligent question-answer-tool 'Lucebro', a tool that could help to optimise the library’s services. Up until the beginning of July, library users are invited to register themselves and test out this 'knowledge network'. The platform offers round the clock answers to frequently asked questions relating to the use of the library. For more complex questions, e.g relating to scientific research on specific topic areas, the system is able to quickly and efficiently contact the appropriate expert within the ZHB, who can then answer the question directly.
ZHB News | Registering for Lucebro | Feedback on the test
Semester Info in German or English
Distribution of the Semester Info is done in either German or English.
If necessary, you can change your language within UniPortal (German or English). The language you opt for will then apply to all of the bilingual communication that is sent out by the University of Lucerne.
Next edition: 17th September 2019
The Semester Info provides you with official announcements and information from the Executive Board of the university at the beginning and end of each semester. The faculties will contact you directly with information about lectures and your course of study.