The University of Lucerne (UNILU) is a non-profit, public, higher educational institution located on the shores of Lake Lucerne. Founded in 2000 after a referendum, UNILU became one of the youngest universities in Switzerland. However, today it is well-known internationally for its work in research and education.
The system of study at the University of Lucerne conforms to a pan-European standard in accordance with the Bologna Process. The university is accredited by the European University Association (EUA) and is officially recognized by the State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation of Switzerland.
History of the University of Lucerne
The origins of the University of Lucerne trace back to 1547, when the City Council established a higher educational institution in Lucerne. This was soon divided into a gymnasium (higher secondary school) and a lyceum at the university level.
In the beginning, UNILU operated as a lyceum with an obligation for learning theology. Later, the Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences and Faculty of Law were founded. Years after, in 2000 the Lucerne Lyceum was reorganized into a full-fledged university, creating the current University of Lucerne.
Education and campus
Today, UNILU is divided into 4 faculties: Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Faculty of Economics and Management. The Faculty of Theology specializes on ethics and inter-religious discourse. The Faculty of Law focuses on studies pertaining to Fundamental Rights, Commercial Law, and Cultural Law. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences covers programs on Religious Sciences and Jewish Studies, Communication Sciences, or Cultural Sciences. The Faculty of Economics and Management, the youngest faculty at UNILU, offers academic training in Political Economics, Entrepreneurial Leadership, and Integrated Health Management and Economics.
The University of Lucerne has an attractive range of Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees. Approximately 3,000 students attend UNILU. German and English are the 2 official languages spoken here. UNILU has very modern infrastructure. It includes new campus buildings, spacious lecture theaters, a cozy student canteen, and the largest library in Central Switzerland with more than 1,000,000 items.
The University of Lucerne does not have any on-campus accommodations. However, the International Office assists exchange students with finding suitable housing. UNILU also coordinates the Buddy Programme ESN Lucerne, which pairs incoming exchange students with local students, and helps these students integrate into Swiss life and promote intercultural relations.
So, if you want to spend your days attending a small university in the picturesque city of Lucerne and surrounded by impressive views of the Pilatus and Rigi Mountains of the Swiss Alps, then check out the University of Lucerne.
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