Who can take part?
The courses are aimed at all students enrolled at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Staff and external participants may also take part subject to availability.
When can I register for the Language Centre modules?
The respective registration dates are published on the centre’s website. Registration opens in the second week of January for the spring semester and in the first/second week of August for the autumn semester.
How do I register?
As soon as registration opens, students and staff register online via the website.
External participants should email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrations or withdrawals cannot be undertaken by the Language Centre’s lecturers or management.
The language course I am interested in has already begun. Can I still register for it?
Registration is possible until the end of week two of the semester. Registrations or withdrawals are not possible after this. If a particular module proves to be very popular, registration for it may close early – even shortly after it has started.
Can I attend a module a second time, even after passing it successfully the first time?
No, students who have passed a module cannot attend it for a second time: no extra ECTS credits are awarded for attending again, it would prevent other students from attending this module, and it would cause the department unnecessary costs.
A module may be attended for a second time if it was failed the first time.
I am a member of the HSLU teaching or support staff. Can I attend the Language Centre modules?
Yes. Provided there is availability, registration is open to all members of the HSLU’s staff.
How much does a course cost?
The cost of the language courses (semester and intensive courses) for students are included in the HSLU’s tuition fees.
The courses are free for staff.
The fee payable by external persons and students of the University of Lucerne and the University of Teacher Education Lucerne is CHF 960 per course. Alumni pay CHF 620 per course.
I am neither a student nor a member of staff of the HSLU. Can I attend its Language Centre courses?
External persons may attend on a fee-paying basis provided that places are available. Not all courses are available to external attendees. Information to that effect may be found under “Eligibility” in the relevant module descriptions.The Secretariat can provide information as to availability.
Do the ECTS credits shown apply to all students?
Most of the module descriptions give details of the Schools that honour modules with ECTS credits.
We recommend checking with your head of programme whether credits are awarded: not all Schools award ECTS credits for all modules. Further information is available in the course overview or the individual module descriptions.
Who decides on the award of ECTS credits?
The award of ECTS credits for the successful completion of a module is decided by the Schools or heads of programme.
Is there a difference in scope between semester courses and the intensive courses offered during the block study weeks?
No, all the modules are endowed with three ECTS credits, corresponding to a workload of 90 hours. This encompasses the contact tuition time and the time required for self-study.
I do not require any further ECTS credits for my studies, but would still like to attend a Language Centre course. Is this possible?
Provided you are still enrolled at the HSLU, you may attend the course: it is permitted to attend excess numbers of elective modules.
What happens if too few registrations are received for a particular course?
Courses require a minimum number of registrations to go ahead. If this number is not reached, the participants will be informed and, if possible and desired, allocated to a different course of their choice.
What happens if too many registrations are received for a particular course?
The maximum number of participants per language course is usually 25. Once this figure is reached, we start a waiting list. If a place on the course becomes available, the next person in line is contacted via email. That is why it is vital that you deregister from a module as soon as you realise you cannot attend it.
I have registered for a language module that I cannot now attend. Do I have to deregister?
Yes, as quickly as possible. We need to have accurate data on the number of participants for our language course planning. Someone may be waiting for a place to become free. Withdrawals are not possible after the end of week two of the semester, and we expect participants then to remain until the completion of the module and to sit the assessed assignment. Withdrawals should be notified directly to the relevant Secretariat. Registrations or withdrawals cannot be undertaken by the Language Centre’s lecturers or management.
Withdrawals in respect of the intensive courses during the block study-weeks should be avoided: withdrawals are no longer possible after the Friday immediately preceding the first study-week.
Is it possible not to have to sit the assessed assignment?
My School is not awarding me ECTS credits.
No, by registering for a module you are committing yourself to attend the course to the very end and to sit the assessed assignment. Non attendance of the assessed assignment will result in the award of a ‘1’ grade.
Exception: business students are permitted to withdraw from elective Language Centre/Interdisciplinary Learning Programme modules without penalty, even after the official withdrawal deadline. In other words, Business students (Master und Bachelor BB) may withdraw at any time without incurring a ‘1’ grade. This also applies to Bachelor VZ students who have already passed the two required-elective modules or elective modules.
Do I always have to take a grading test?
If you have prior knowledge of the language – even if it is minimal – we recommend you take the grading test. Under the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), you can self-assess your own language level or take one of the many free online language tests.
Grading tests for Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish are also available on our website.
When does the academic year start and when does it end?
Tuition in the autumn semester starts in calendar week 38 and continues until calendar week 51; the spring semester starts in CW8 and ends in CW22.
The intensive courses take place during block study weeks 36 and 37 before the autumn semester, and during block study weeks 6 and 7 before the spring semester.
Can I attend two modules or levels of the same language in the same semester?
We recommend you do not do this and only attend the course level for which you are suited. If you attend two modules or levels of the same language in the same semester, no ECTS credits will be awarded for the lower of the two levels.
May Art and Design students enrolled into a foundation course also attend Language Centre courses?
Yes, but foundation course students are deemed as “external persons”, so they must bear the costs themselves.
Can assessed assignments be deferred?
No, attendees are informed of the assessed assignment dates before they start a course and are expected to comply.