Acquiring complementary knowledge and skills while you are studying abroad will add to your overall graduate profile. An exchange or study-abroad semester abroad is also an excellent opportunity to learn about other cultures and improve your language skills. Having international experience is important if you are planning to work in an international company or in a local company which does business abroad. Being linguistically and culturally competent will also help to improve your employability.
If you are currently enrolled at the Lucerne School of Business, please refer to the detailed documents and process described on the internal IT platform ILIAS. Here you will also find the link to the online application tool.
It is important that you inform yourself fully about all aspects of your semester abroad. This includes the entire application process, drawing up a learning agreement, finance, accommodation, visas and insurance. Students receive more detailed information at the FAQ Information Session held every autumn for anyone considering an exchange or study-abroad semester in the following year. Further questions can also be addressed by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and in person.
Flyer Exchange semester
Where to go?
National and international networking has assumed a major role in the globalised economy, which is why the Lucerne School of Business fosters close relations with universities and institutions in Europe, Asia and North America. Students at the Lucerne School of Business have the possibility of studying for one or two semesters at a partner institution. There is also the possibility of arranging an independent study-abroad semester.
Ideally exchange students should be as far on in their studies as possible. Grades, motivation and language skills in the target language of your exchange or study-abroad semester are among the main selection criteria.
An exchange or study-abroad semester from the Lucerne School of Business is possible in the following semesters:
BSc in Business Administration, BSc in International Business Administration
MSc in Business Administration, MSc in Banking and Finance, MSc in Real Estate
MSc in International Financial Management
MSc in Applied Information and Data Science
Tuition fees for outgoing students may be waived depending on the agreement between the Lucerne School of Business and the host institution. Your coordinator will provide you with more information. If the fee at the host institution is waived then you will technically be doing an «exchange». If the fee is not waived, then you will be doing a «study-abroad» semester.
You may be eligible for a Swiss-European Mobility (Erasmus) financial grant which is available to students and lecturers going on an exchange to participating partner universities in the EU. You may also be able to organise funding through your local business association or local government authorities. The Living in Lucerne webpage has useful information about possible contacts for financial support and grants.
Depending on your destination, your transportation costs could be a sizeable expense. Further costs you will need to consider while abroad are those of acquiring a visa (if required), board and lodging, insurance, books, any field trips and entertainment. The cost of your exchange will clearly also depend on your own lifestyle. The webpages of our partner universities are a good starting point to get an idea of the cost of living you can expect.