What is the situation with Covid-19 in Switzerland?
The Federal Council is planning to ease further measures from 11 May. Classroom teaching at primary and lower secondary schools will again be permitted. Shops, markets, museums, libraries and restaurants will be able to reopen under strict compliance with precautionary measures.
The Federal Council still categorises the situation in Switzerland as extraordinary under the terms of the Epidemics Act. It issued a series of measures aimed at protecting the population, which are now gradually being eased: further details can be found on the page on federal government measures. Information on the current situation, recommendations for the public, people at high risk, the workplace, and health professionals can be found here.
Continue to follow the rules on hygiene and social distancing. The new coronavirus must not be allowed to spread again.
Please be aware that the situation on COVID-19 and its restrictions can change very frequently. Therefore, the most accurate information you receive from the official links that we quote in this FAQ Section.
Source: website FOPH
Should I still follow the application process even if I do not know whether I can come to Lucerne because of COVID-19?
Yes, please do so. We will stay in contact with you to discuss the next steps. We are hoping to start the autumn semester 2020 on 14 September regularly.
Do the lessons still take place online in autumn?
We are monitoring the situation constantly. The universities are allowed to open again on 8 June. However, distance and hygiene rules must be followed. At the moment we are planning to start the autumn semester 2020 on 14 September regularly.
Can I still apply for an exchange semester after the application deadline?
Please contact the International Office of the school you wish to study at. Some schools accept late nominations. You can find the contact persons hereafter.
What happens if I am late with my application because of Covid-19?
If your home university has not yet been able to give you the permission to study abroad due to the current COVID-19 situation, please contact the International Office of the school you wish to study at. Some schools accept late nominations. You can find the contact persons hereafter.
I am unsure whether it is a good idea to travel in the autumn semester, but still wish to come to Lucerne. What are my options?
If you think it may not be the best time to travel, you have the possibility to postpone your stay to 2021 (even if you have already been accepted for the autumn semester). Most important is that you get in touch with us as soon as possible to find the best solution for you.
Entry restrictions Switzerland
All persons with the exception of Swiss Citizens those from the Principality of Liechtenstein will be refused entry to Switzerland.
Exceptions are possible, for example for persons who have a residence or a cross-border permit or work in Switzerland. Anyone wishing to enter Switzerland despite the ban on entry must be able to prove that they meet the necessary requirements.
As of 11 May, gradual easing is envisaged: applications submitted before 25 March by workers from the EU/EFTA area and from third countries will be processed. For Swiss and EU citizens, family reunification in Switzerland will become possible again from 11 May. Border controls will however remain in place.
FAQ on refusal of entry and the exceptions, free movement of persons and suspension of visas
Source: website FOPH
Visa situation in Switzerland
The Federal Council has decided that no Schengen visas and national visas will be issued for any third countries until 15 June 2020. Please prepare your documents as soon as you receive the Letter of Acceptance to make sure to be ready by the date mentioned.
Source: Website State Secretariat of Migration SEM
I am unable to take an English test to prove my English level because all the testing facilities are closed. What shall I do?
A possible solution might be a letter of your home university confirming your English level. Please check that option with the international offices of your home and host school.
What if I cannot travel for the start of my course?
If you expect travel restrictions, please contact the International Office of your host school.
What are the safety measures when entering Switzerland?
At the moment we are not aware of any specific safety measures as the borders are still controlled very strictly. As soon as the border situation will change, we will mention the measures to be taken here. This measures may could include a quarantine period when entering Switzerland.
What happens if I get infected with the COVID-19 at the time of the semester start in Lucerne?
Please get in contact with your home and host coordinator to discuss the situation. If you contract the virus, please stay at home until you have recovered. Your stay in Lucerne might be postponed to the following semester.
Student Housing provided by Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
If you are accepted for an exchange semester at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, you are eligible to book a room provided by the University Housing service over the Mobility Online tool. A reservation fee of CHF 150.- will be invoiced to you at the time of your reservation. If you have to cancel your exchange semester due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions or health issues, the renting contract can be terminated by mid of July at the latest. The rent for the semester is due by mid of July.