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Lucerne Summer University - Ethics in a Global Context LSUE under the patronage of UNESCO

University of Lucerne

5 days
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"Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context" under the patronage of UNESCO enables young scientists and researchers to examine ethical questions of today and tomorrow – beyond the boundaries of academic fields, cultures and religion – and to search together for solutions in a global context.


The LSUE at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland focus on areas such as human rights ethics, gender justice and intersectionality, economic, financial and corporate ethics, ethics of digitisation, automation, robotization and the use of artificial intelligence, bioethics, medical ethics and environmental ethics.

"In particular, LSUE offers students and junior researchers, who normally cannot deal with ethical topics in their everyday study and research life, the opportunity to engage in an in-depth examination of current ethical issues", explains Prof. Dr. Peter G. Kirchschlaeger, founder and director of the LSUE.

Enrichment through interreligious and transcultural dialogue

The interreligious and transcultural dialogue gives the 20 doctoral and 10 master's students the opportunity to enrich each other. They are supported by mentoring and targeted support.

The interdisciplinary and international circle of the faculty from academia, international organizations, and business ensures a practical connection. 

Bringing together and combine different points of view

The combination of various perspectives not only enriches the LSUE participants and thus science and research, but also civil societies, business and politics in a broader sense.

Through the exchange, consultation and interaction in such a collective, responsible decision-makers emerge. In addition, research and cooperation in ethics promote scientific work with socially relevant considerations that is oriented towards practice and the future. Since the emergence of LSUE, the guiding principle "Know how, act now" has shaped the programme and its implementation.


Certificate and 6 ECTS

Programme Structure

  • Global justice and human rights

  • Climate change

  • Global inequality and poverty
  • Escape and migration
  • Finance and economy
  • Digitalization and robotization
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Biomedicine

  • Relation between ethics and law


Master and PhD students


The list of the LSUE Faculty 2023 will be communicated soon.

For an overview of the faculty 2018-2022 visit our website.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 5 days

Start dates & application deadlines





Certificate and 6 ECTS after the positive evaluation of the final papers.


On Campus, Online
  • Semi-structured
  • Regular mandatory meetings
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • PhD and Doctoral students as well as MA students from around the world and from a variety of disciplines can apply to take part in building a global network for sustainable responsibility by participating in the Lucerne Summer University: Ethics in a Global Context LSUE. 
  • They do this by demonstrating their interest in present and future ethical issues in a global context and by having specific plans on how they can achieve a positive effect by implementing the skills learned at the Summer University in their individual situation and academic work, not to mention what they would bring to the global and interdisciplinary network of people involved in the fields of science and research.

Tuition Fee

There are no tuition fees. You can apply for a scholarship to cover expenses for travel and accommodation.

Living costs for Lucerne

1500 - 2100 CHF /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Grant/ financing travel, housing, and meals: There are no tuition fees. Please note that we are only able to grant a very limited number of grants that will cover travel expenses, housing, and meals to candidates with financial restrictions. Please also consider exploring other sources of financial aid. Your home university might be able to advise you on financial aid possibilities.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Lucerne Summer University - Ethics in a Global Context LSUE under the patronage of UNESCO
University of Lucerne


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