University of Lucerne – Switzerland

The University of Lucerne is the youngest university in Switzerland. Its roots stretch back as far as 1600, but it has only existed as a modern university since 2000. In the decades since it was founded, the number of students has grown from approximately 250 to around 3500 today.

The University of Lucerne is located in the very centre of Lucerne right next to the railway station and a stone’s throw from Lake Lucerne. Its central location, short links and the fact that the entire university can be found under one roof is perfect for both studies and university life.

Programmes of study

DMU’s exchange agreement with the University of Lucerne allows students enrolled on the following programmes to study abroad:

  • Business and Law – Law LLB

Modules will be available in English and and further information about the study options can be found here. Please note that a number of modules on offer are at Masters Level and students should expect to follow a mix of undergraduate and postgraduate modules as part of the exchange.

Exchange students will be required to follow a full programme of study for the academic year based at The University of Lucerne.

DMU student stories

Rumbie’s exchange year in Switzerland

Final year Law student Rumbie Makonise, spent a year studying Law at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland, and shared her story with DMU Global. Switzerland is really advanced, everything is really clean, people are well organised and the public transport is good. I always knew I was going to go on exchange even before…

Travel & accommodation

  • Travel – the nearest major airport Zurich International Airport. There are regular trains from Zurich Airport to Lucerne that take just over an hour, the university is next to the train station.
  • Accommodation – The University of Lucerne has an allocation of furnished rooms at Student Mentor Foundation Lucerne, that are exclusively reserved for mobility students. Students will receive the relevant application form together with their exchange application package. Further information can be found here.

Visas & insurance

  • Visas – To take part in this exchange you are responsible for ensuring that you meet Swiss immigration requirements.
  • Insurance – All students are recommended to purchase travel insurance for the duration of their time in Europe to cover personal possessions and healthcare. British citizens cannot use the European or Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) in Switzerland.


Living costs in Switzerland are higher than those in the UK. We recommend that you do further independent research to gain a better understanding of the cost of your year abroad. To help you, we have a created a simple cost comparison between the UK and Switzerland: