International Office: Visiting Students

The International Office is in charge of mobility programmes and facilitates exchanges for students, lecturers and research staff from Switzerland, Europe and overseas, as well as developing countries. The programmes also include study trips and joint research projects.

General information for your stay in Lucerne

The International Office supports incoming students with creating their study plan, organizing Visa in Switzerland and finding suitable accommodation. A variety of student houses are located in the city of Lucerne or the surrounded communities. We offer a limited number of rooms reserved for incoming students at the student house Dreilinden, Luzern. For information on accommodation, insurance, visa regulations and public transport, please consider the following document or contact us. For further information you can also visit the following website:

Academic calendar and fact sheet

The academic year at Lucerne is divided into an autumn and a spring semester as well as in-between semesters in winter and summer.

Study programme

Visiting students complete one semester or one academic year at PH Luzern. Students from partner universities study completely free of charge. Students from universities, which are not partners of PH Luzern are able to study at PH Luzern as free movers. The courses offered at UTE Lucerne are held in German for the most part. Non-German-speaking students can choose their courses out of the International Programme:

Please be advised, that some courses are mandatory for all incoming students.

If desired, we can organise a school experience (half a day per week) within the framework of your semester at PH Luzern. Students will receive 4 to 6 ECTS for the practicum, depending on the amount of lessons they are attending.

Financial support 

Exchange students from all partner universities will receive a certain amount of financial aid. The scholarship will be paid through Movetia, a federal foundation, which promotes mobility and exchange programmes. See here your stipends at «IINCOMINGS»: 


The closing date for the submission of student applications for an exchange semester at UTE Lucerne for the autumn semester is 1 May and for the spring semester 15 November.



Responsible for Incoming Students (Semester and Practicum)
Gabi Kramer
Pfistergasse 20
6003 Luzern