In 1997, seven regional, public-funded universities of applied sciences were created in Switzerland. Their degree programmes are approved by the Federal Department of Economic Affairs.
More than 4000 students are now enrolled in Bachelor and Master programmes at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. It comprises several campuses, all of them centrally located in, or close to, the city of Lucerne.
Our five schools, which specialize in engineering and architecture, business, social work, art and design, as well as in music, are powerful drivers of business and cultural life in central Switzerland. Innovative curricula and a state-of-the art infrastructure are geared to the needs of our students and their future employers. The University also offers postgraduate courses that confer a Certificate, Diploma or Master of Advanced Studies upon completion. Research and close co-operation with local industry, business, and cultural institutions are part of our success.
All the Schools of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts are situated in the immediate area. This makes it possible to offer shared services across several locations, such as the Campus day-care and the school-wide sports programme, and to schedule lectures and seminars for the benefit of several schools. Thanks to «Campus Luzern», an active exchange now exists between students and teachers across university boundaries. Libraries The main library is the "Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern". Many newspapers and periodicals can be consulted free-of-charge online. The libraries also offer working areas for students, including internet access and copy machines. You can purchase a library card and a copy machine card in one of the libraries of the Lucerne library network. Please be aware that during holidays, the libraries may have reduced opening hours or be closed. Student Shop STUshop.ch is the first webshop created especially for students, where they can find notebooks, calculators, TVs and other electronic products at special student discounts. Furthermore, students can also find a wide range of products for their household such as irons, vacuum cleaners and small fridges. Here is your chance to save money! Childcare We offer day-care services for children of staff, faculty and students. The "Kita Campus" is a joint operation of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the PHZ Lucerne and the University of Lucerne and is centrally located at Museggstrasse 21 in the Old Town of Lucerne.
Age: toddler to pre-school.
Lucerne has a large number of sports facilities and activities ranging from a swim in the lake or indoor/outdoor swimming pools, to roller-skating, ice skating, curling, tennis, squash, rowing, sailing, mountaineering and much more. Many ski resorts and hiking trails are just around the corner. For inspiration, see the website Lucerne Tourism. The Campus of Lucerne also offers all kinds of sports. Look for information in the leaflet at your school or on the homepage of Campus Luzern. Cinema UNILUX offers selected movies for CHF 5.to university students. Each semester, a series of art films are aired and accompanied by special activities. Location: Stattkino. Tickets are available 30 minutes before the show begins; no reservations in advance. Details and contact for the mailing list: www.unilux.li Lucerne has movie theatres for all tastes: From the large IMAX complex to the arthouse movie. Students with valid identity receive reduced prices.
Museums, Concerts, Theatre Lucerne offers a number of museums: Sammlung Rosengart, the Picasso Museum, Kunstmuseum Luzern, the Richard Wagner Museum and many others. The Luzerner Theater shows modern and classical plays, operas and dance performances. Students under the age of 30 can buy tickets for performances of the upcoming week at a reduced rate of CHF 15 every Thursday from 12:30 to 14:30 at the Zentral-Hochschulbibliothek (ZHB the University library). Last-minute tickets are often available at the theatre box office 15 minutes prior to the show! The Luzerner Theater also offers a ticket for 8 shows (4 plays, 2 operas, 2 dance performances) for CHF 80; in addition, you receive a pass for the Jugend-Theater-Club, offering a reduction of 50% for some other theatres. Check out the link on this page and have a look at "UG" - the underground venue with a special programme! There are smaller concert halls and clubs such as the Jazzkantine, Schüür, the Luzerner Kleintheater, etc. Please consult the daily ads in the Neue Luzerner Zeitung or "Das Kulturmagazin" (available at a special student rate of CHF 45 for a yearly subscription). Also, the Lucerne Tourism website has a section informing most events and exhibitions.
Everyday life in Lucerne
Lucernes well-preserved medieval centre dates back to the 8th century and is an attractive area for shopping, strolling and dining.
The two largest Swiss supermarket chains are Migros and Coop, the latter a bit more expensive than the former. Both chains have low-price products: M-Budget (green and white packaging, Migros) and Prix Garantie (pink packaging, Coop). The opening hours in Switzerland are mainly from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm, at Lucerne main station longer and even on Sundays and public holidays.
The history and the geographical situation are reflected in the Swiss food influenced by Italian, French and many other international traditions. Some Swiss gastronomic specialities are chocolate and cheese fondue. The latter one is a very sociable way of eating with friends and family. Rösti are hash browns traditionally accompanied by a Bratwurst, Zürcher Geschnetzeltes (chopped veal on a mushroom cream sauce), fried eggs or melted alp cheese. Very popular is also the Bircher Müesli, a mix of cereals, small pieces of fresh fruit, milk and yoghurt. It is a healthy Swiss version of breakfast or eaten as a snack.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts!