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Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Università della Svizzera italiana
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2020  (Italian)
September 2021  (Italian)
September 2022  (Italian)

Program description

Rising above the rest- BS in Architecture

A Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Università della Svizzera italiana will establish the theoretical and practical foundations during their first year of the programme. Introductory lessons in the various subject areas in Architecture of the academy’s syllabus will be presented and students will gain practical drafting skills in the architectural design studios.

Bachelor of Science in Architecture students will develop their theoretical knowledge and practical skills by attending lectures on historical-humanistic and technical-scientific subjects, learning about structures as well as the design studios (ateliers). The courses covers the following subject areas:

  • Theory of Art and Architecture
  • Culture of the Territory
  • Philosophy
  • Construction and Technology
  • Structures, Ecology
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science

Architectural design has a constant central importance through the duration of the Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and is closely related to the teaching of the historical-humanistic and technical-scientific subjects.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for Bachelor programmes at Università della Svizzera italiana are for the following sections:

Swiss school-leaving certificates received in Switzerland and abroad

  • Federal or cantonal matriculation recognized by the Swiss Federal Matriculation Committee.
  • Maturità commercial cantonale;
  • Final diploma of a professional university institute or diploma of a higher technical school recognised by the competent federal authorities
  • School-leaving certificates given by Swiss schools abroad are accepted

Foreign school-leaving certificates

Applicants with a foreign secondary school (pre-university) diploma (and/or a foreign university diploma considered equivalent to it) are admitted. As a rule, reference is made to the guidelines of the University Admissions Commission of the Swiss University Rectors' Conference.Where equivalence is not clearly definable, candidates may given an interview or asked to take further examinations, and supplementary pre-university courses may be prescribed.

Admission "by portfolio"

Candidates over 25 years old lacking the above qualifications may be admitted if the Academy judges they have special training and experience revealing an aptitude for design work certified with the application for admission.

For more detailed information and to see if you qualify, fill out a Request Information form below.

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Tuition fees

Tuition fees for the Bachelor's degrees at Università della Svizzera italiana cost CHF 4,000/semester.

Applicants who were residence in Switzerland with C permit (including Liechtenstein) upon completion of highschool (Maturità) tuition costs CHF 2,000/semester.

For more information about tuition deadlines and fees, fill out a Request Information form below.


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Università della Svizzera italiana

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...

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Università della Svizzera italiana

Largo Bernasconi 2
6850 Mendrisio

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