Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Program Details

Program Location Lucerne, Switzerland
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20275
Duration Spring Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Spring 2024 02/05/24 to 07/06/24
Past Dates
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts consists of six schools.  Programs in building technology, computer science, and electrical engineering technology are of particular interest to Purdue Polytechnic Institute students.

The University is rooted in the lively cultural environment of Lucerne, a city celebrated for its appreciation of music and arts. Lucerne is called the "Heart of the Country", thanks to its location and picturesque views. The city is best-known for the wooden bridge spanning the river, connecting to the city. The landmark, known as the Chapel Bridge, is the most famous and world's oldest bridge, dating back to the 14th century.

Watch Purdue Industrial Engineering Technology major Laura Kuhn talk about her experience as an exchange student at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [Polytechnic Institute]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Language of Instruction: English & German

Semester Course Load: 12 Purdue credit hour minimum 

This academically rigorous institution is intellectually demanding and requires an independent approach to course work. Link here for more information on courses.


On-campus housing, although not guaranteed, is offered to exchange students. More information about housing can be found here.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2021

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee $0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Program Specific Insurance $600.00
Round-trip Airfare $1,000.00
Housing $3,500.00
Local Transportation $300.00
Visa $250.00
Books and Supplies $300.00
Meals $2,500.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $3,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email