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Studying at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)

USI Università della Svizzera italiana is a member of the Swiss university system and the only Italian-speaking university in Switzerland. It is a multi-lingual university with courses taught in Italian and English and it has a strong international orientation. USI’s faculty and students come from more than 100 different countries and was also among the first universities in Switzerland to adopt the new European university structure that encourages students’ mobility across European campuses.

USI comprises 5 Faculties: Architecture, Economics, Communication Sciences, Medicine and Informatics. With its geographical, political and cultural background USI has grown into a multilingual academic institution with a wide international atmosphere. USI’s small size, its positive teacher-to-students ratio, the integration of different disciplines and top-quality technical and IT infrastructure make up the ideal conditions for study and research.  

Life at the USI

The University offers students an ideal set up for university life, with state of the art infrastructure, top quality study-rooms, computer labs accessible day and night, advanced technologies for teaching, parks, canteen, and cafeteria which all ads to a friendly, familiar and safe environment.

Students who graduate from the Università della Svizzera italiana have no difficulty finding jobs and positions adequate to their title and expectations thanks to the university’s cross-disciplinary education and diverse curriculum. Courses at USI are increasingly focused as the course of study takes a specific direction, and this creates highly specialized professionals in their distinctive areas of expertise.


The Università della Svizzera italiana in Switzerland has two campuses located in Lugano and Mendrisio. The Lugano campus is located in the heart of Lugano and hosts the USI Faculties of Biomedical Sciences, Communication Sciences, Economics and Informatics, as well as the USI central administrative offices and library. 


Bachelor's degree
Art & Design
Architecture Length Location
Bachelor of Science in Architecture 3 years Mendrisio
Computer Science & IT
Information Technology
Bachelor of Science in Informatics 3 years Lugano
Humanities & Culture
Bachelor of Arts in Economics 3 years Lugano
Bachelor of Arts in Lingua, letteratura e civiltà italiana 3 years Lugano
Media & Communications
Bachelor in Communication 3 years Lugano
Master's degree
Art & Design
MSc in Architecture 2 years Mendrisio
Art History
Master in History and Theory of Art and Architecture 2 years Multiple (2)
Business Administration
MSc in Economics 2 years Lugano
MSc in Digital Fashion Communication 2 years Lugano
Computer Science & IT
MSc in Computational Science 2 years Lugano
Information Technology
MSc in Informatics 2 years Lugano
MSc in Informatics & Economics: Financial Technology and Computing 2 years Lugano
Software Engineering
MSc in Artificial Intelligence 2 years Lugano
Msc in Software and Data Engineering 4 semesters Lugano
Humanities & Culture
MA in Economics & Communication: International Tourism 2 years Lugano
MA in Economics & Communication: Public Management and Policy 2 years Lugano
MSc in Economics & Communication: Financial Communication 2 years Lugano
MSc in Economics: Finance 2 years Lugano
MSc in Economics: Management 2 years Lugano
MSc in Informatics & Economics: Management and Informatics 2 years Lugano
MA in Philosophy Lugano
MA in Italian Language, Literature and Culture 2 years Lugano
Media & Communications
MSc in Communication & Economics: Corporate Communication 2 years Lugano
MSc in Communication & Economics: Marketing and Transformative Economy 2 years Lugano
MSc in Communication: Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication 2 years Lugano
MSc in Communication: Communication, Management and Health 2 years Lugano
MSc in Communication: Media Management 2 years Lugano

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Università della Svizzera italiana

Via Giuseppe Buffi 13,
6900 Lugano

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