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Fact Sheet:
Program Type:: Cal Poly International Exchange Class Eligibilty:: 3rd year
Minimum GPA:: 2.5 Language GPA:: 2.5
Language of Instruction:: English Language Pre-requisite:: None
Language Courses Offered:: Yes: German Areas of Study:: BioResource and Agricultural Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Housing Options:: Apartment, Dormitory Internship & Service Learning Opportunities:: No
Program Description:


Cal Poly International Exchange Programs offer students opportunities to study their academic disciplines at partner universities for up to one year.
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences offers students in Engineering the ability to take Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil Engineering courses while studying in Lucerne, Switzerland, for a semester (two quarters). *PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR FALL SEMESTER, STUDENTS ARE SOMETIMES ABLE TO COMPLETE THEIR EXAMS EARLY AND BE BACK IN TIME FOR WINTER QUARTER. PLEASE SPEAK TO ERICA JORGENSON AT FOR FURTHER DETAILS.


Alumni Contacts
Name: Louis Tran
Major: Industrial Engineering

Name: Steven Waal
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Name: Jessica Wilmoth
Major: Civil Engineering

Name: Andrew Rudnick
Major: Materials Engineering

Name: Kenji Anzai
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Term: Academic Year 2017


Lucerne, Switzerland
(Check out our Switzerland_InfoGraphic.pdf!)
Lucerne resonates as a center of education, tourism, and culture. Benefiting from their proximity to Central Switzerland’s thriving economy, students in Lucerne, Horw, and Zug also have direct access to the economic powerhouse of the nearby Zurich region. The lake, the mountains, and the delightful town of Lucerne itself ensure an ideal backdrop for learning, teaching, and research. 

Host Institution

The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts is one of seven universities of applied sciences in Switzerland. It was founded in 1997 under the Intercantonal Council of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Central Switzerland (FHZ). It is comprised of the Lucerne Schools of Engineering and Architecture, Business, Social Work, Art and Design and Music.  For more information on Lucerne visit


On exchange at Lucerne, students are able to study subjects within the College of Engineering and Architecture School. You will earn transfer credit on this program.
Students are highly encouraged to get their Major, Minor, and GE courses pre-approved prior to applying to the Exchange program.
Major Courses: Provide course descriptions to your Academic Advising Center/Faculty Contact to determine course equivalencies and how credits will transfer back.  Students are highly encouraged to consult an Academic/Faculty Advisor about completing any necessary course approval paperwork prior to studying abroad.  Engineering students are highly encouraged to complete a Substitution for Major form with the Engineering Advising Center located in Building 40, Room 111. 

Minor Courses:  Consult the Minor Department Advisor about course pre-approvals. 
GE Courses: Pick up the GE Course Substitution for Study Abroad form at the International Center (Bldg 52, Rm E-32). Attach course descriptions of the GE courses you wish to have approved.  Allow four to six weeks to hear back about your substitution approvals.  You will hear back about your GE substitutions via an email from
To review the available course offerings on this program, visit


This program is open to students in the College of Engineering and the College of Architecture & Environmental Design.

- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- Not actively on academic probation
- Good disciplinary standing 

How to Apply

The Cal Poly application will ask you to submit the following supplemental materials:

- Letter of Recommendation from a Cal Poly faculty member
- Personal Statement
- Official Transcript
- Copy of your Passport 

The advisors for this program will review all applications after the application date has passed. Students will then be contacted to participate in an in-person group interview. Upon completion of the interview and full application review, students will be notified if they have been approved by Cal Poly to participate in the Lucerne exchange program.

Program Details


Housing is arranged separately from the university and students are expected to arrange their own housing. For more information about  housing options, visit the Lucerne website:

Students can study for either a semester or a year on exchange. Lucerne’s Fall Semester runs from September to January and its Spring Semester runs from February to June.  To review program dates for specific terms, visit the Lucerne website:

Student Life at Lucerne will offer you a unique, diverse, and enriching environment where you will be encouraged to seize opportunities that will challenge you to explore your limits, find new interests, and make unforgettable friendships.
For more information on student services, please visit the Lucerne website:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission, where applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.