International Office

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.

Visiting students

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.

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 December.


Visiting staff

Lecturer exchanges

UTE Lucerne promotes academic visitor programmes and endeavours to increase the number of exchange activities. Lecturers from partner universities are most welcome to arrange a research visit or academic stay at UTE Lucerne.

UTE Lucerne lecturers have the opportunity, through the Swiss Solution to Erasmus+, to receive funding for a teaching activity at one of our European partner universities.

A teaching assignment may range from a minimum of two days to a maximum of 60 days (excluding travel time). A minimum of eight teaching hours must be given in order to qualify for a subsidy.

Staff mobility

The staff mobility for training (STT) is designed to offer further education to all university staff (lecturers, scientific assistants and administrative staff).

A visit should last a minimum of two days, but not more than 60 days (excluding travel time). STT visits may be completed at a university or enterprise in Europe.

Shorter visits, attendance of conferences or workshops, and exchange with non-partner universities do not qualify for Swiss Solution to Erasmus+ funding. The UTE Lucerne International Office, however, may be able review and support such activities on a case-by-case basis.

UTE Lucerne staff and lecturers are invited to contact the International Office of UTE Lucerne for more information.

Guest lecturers and staff from our partner universities are requested to first contact their home International Offices for application forms and subsidies, who will then liaise with the UTE Lucerne International Office.