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USI Bachelors's degrees are 3-year (6 semesters) full-time study programs that comply with the principles set out by the Bologna Declaration. The first year of the curricula consists in foundation courses, providing students with solid bases that are then applied through exercises, seminars, ateliers and workshops. During the second and third year, students are given the possibility to choose a more specific field of study, which is defined through several elective courses. The USI Bachelor's diploma enables students to continue at the graduate level (Master's degree). 

Our programmes

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) offers 6 Bachelor's programmes: 

  • Architecture
  • Italian Language, Literature and Culture
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Informatics
  • Medicine


The Bachelor in Medicine is organised at the University of Basel, a partner institution of the USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences. 

The Bachelor in Architecture is organised at the Academy of Architecture, on the Mendrisio campus. All other Bachelor programs are organised on the Lugano campus. USI Bachelor curricula provide levels of specialisation and, at the same time, a multidisplinary approach, combining quality education with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, offering many opportunities for informal dialogue between faculty and students.


Credits

All courses are awarded with ECTS points. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) guarantees that credits are compatible and transferable within all European universities. A full time academic year consists of 60 ECTS (30 credits each semester). Full Bachelor studies correspond to 180 ECTS. The second level of university studies (graduate, or Master's degree), which completes the "3 + 2" system (Bologna system), consists in three or four semesters, equivalent to 90 or 120 ECTS.


Educational model

International faculty teach students with an interdisciplinary, engaging and interactive approach. The USI educational model is enhanced by a system that closely accompanies students in their learning path, with small classes enabling group exercises and direct dialogue with professors. 


Teaching language

The official teaching language of the Bachelors in Architecture, Economics, Communication Sciences and Italian Language, Literature and Civilisation is Italian. Interested students can attend intensive Italian courses before the beginning of the autumn semester and the extensive courses throughout the academic year.

The Bachelor of Science in Informatics is taught entirely in English. Interested students are offered an intensive English language course before the beginning of the academic year and a technical English course during the first semester.

The Bachelor in Medicine is taught in German, at the University of Basel, a partner institution of the USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences.

Why USI

Seven reasons for choosing USI:

  • Quality of the Swiss university system
  • International faculty
  • Leading interdisciplinary education
  • Teacher/student radio 1 to 9
  • Strong ties with the business world
  • Flexible structure, open to the exchange of ideas
  • International, dynamic and welcoming environment

USI is a young and agile university that offers to its students a quality education and an enhancing study experience. International faculty teach students with an interdisciplinary, engaging and interactive approach, leaving room to practical application.

The quality of the study curricula is complemented by USI small size, by its cosmopolitan environment and its informal and dynamic culture.

These elements make USI a hub of opportunity open to the world, where students can engage in direct dialogue with their professors and define their educational path, discover unexpected horizons, and embrace international careers.

Applicants must be in possession of one of the following qualifications:

a) Swiss diplomas, awarded in Switzerland:

Maturità federale and Maturità cantonale recognised by the appropriate Federal Commission;

Maturità commerciale cantonale (Scuola cantonale di commercio, Bellinzona);

Final diploma from a university of applied sciences or diploma of a technical college recognised by the appropriate federal authorities: in these cases, where the field of study selected is the same as the previous one, the single Faculties may recommend admitting candidates to an advanced level of the programme and exempt them from particular examinations or from the internship period.

School-leaving certificates issued by Swiss schools abroad are equally accepted.

b) Overseas certificates

Applicants in possession of a foreign secondary education and/or of a foreign university diploma considered to be equivalent are admitted to the undergraduate programme. As a rule, reference is made to the guidelines of the University Admissions Commission of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities. Should there be doubt about the equivalence of a foreign qualification, this can be resolved by means of an interview or exam; language requirements and/or supplementary courses may also be required.

Italian diplomas

Secondary education (or high school) diplomas conferred by the following types of schools are considered equivalent and therefore acknowledged for admission to the Bachelor programmes:

Classical Gymnasium (or Lyceum);

Scientific Lyceum;

Language Lyceum;

Social sciences (or Humanities) Lyceum.

The following secondary education diplomas are also considered equivalent:

Arts Lyceum, limited to the Bachelor programmes in Architecture and in Italian language, literature and culture;

High school degree in Administration, Finance and Marketing, conferred by a vocational high school (or trade school in economics), limited to the Bachelor programmes in Economics, Communication Sciences and Informatics;

High school degree in Informatics and Telecommunications, conferred by a vocational technical high school, limited to the Bachelor in Informatics.

All other secondary education diplomas conferred by high schools or vocational high schools are not deemed equivalent. Exceptions can be taken into consideration for similar subject areas of study and upon fulfilment of the guidelines of the Admissions' Commission at swissuniversities (formerly CRUS, or Rector's Conference of the Swiss Universities).


With concerns to degrees conferred prior to the implementation of the current set of rules and regulations, the convergence tables for secondary education programmes, as foreseen by the previous regulatory system for the high school and vocational high school system, shall apply. However, diplomas conferred by teacher training schools, professional art schools and all other four-year secondary education schools will not be acknowledged.


The University, through the Career Service, offers to its students a series of activities and contact services with the job market.

In particular, the Service:

  • promotes and develops internship opportunities, coordinating curricular internships;
  • helps students who are seeking their first jobs, providing counselling and career-oriented services;
  • organises information sessions on a variety of companies and organisations, in the private and public sector, nationally and internationally.

More in detail:

  • The internship: Find an internship / job, Internship stories / Info stage
  • Application dossier
  • Career grants
  • Meet the companies
  • USI Career Forum
  • Long Night of the Careers
  • USI & Careers Guide

About

USI Bachelors's degrees are 3-year (6 semesters) full-time study programs that comply with the principles set out by the Bologna Declaration. The first year of the curricula consists in foundation courses, providing students with solid bases that are then applied through exercises, seminars, ateliers and workshops. During the second and third year, students are given the possibility to choose a more specific field of study, which is defined through several elective courses. The USI Bachelor's diploma enables students to continue at the graduate level (Master's degree). 

Our programmes

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) offers 6 Bachelor's programmes: 

  • Architecture
  • Italian Language, Literature and Culture
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Informatics
  • Medicine


The Bachelor in Medicine is organised at the University of Basel, a partner institution of the USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences. 

The Bachelor in Architecture is organised at the Academy of Architecture, on the Mendrisio campus. All other Bachelor programs are organised on the Lugano campus. USI Bachelor curricula provide levels of specialisation and, at the same time, a multidisplinary approach, combining quality education with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, offering many opportunities for informal dialogue between faculty and students.


Credits

All courses are awarded with ECTS points. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) guarantees that credits are compatible and transferable within all European universities. A full time academic year consists of 60 ECTS (30 credits each semester). Full Bachelor studies correspond to 180 ECTS. The second level of university studies (graduate, or Master's degree), which completes the "3 + 2" system (Bologna system), consists in three or four semesters, equivalent to 90 or 120 ECTS.


Educational model

International faculty teach students with an interdisciplinary, engaging and interactive approach. The USI educational model is enhanced by a system that closely accompanies students in their learning path, with small classes enabling group exercises and direct dialogue with professors. 


Teaching language

The official teaching language of the Bachelors in Architecture, Economics, Communication Sciences and Italian Language, Literature and Civilisation is Italian. Interested students can attend intensive Italian courses before the beginning of the autumn semester and the extensive courses throughout the academic year.

The Bachelor of Science in Informatics is taught entirely in English. Interested students are offered an intensive English language course before the beginning of the academic year and a technical English course during the first semester.

The Bachelor in Medicine is taught in German, at the University of Basel, a partner institution of the USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences.

Why USI

Seven reasons for choosing USI:

  • Quality of the Swiss university system
  • International faculty
  • Leading interdisciplinary education
  • Teacher/student radio 1 to 9
  • Strong ties with the business world
  • Flexible structure, open to the exchange of ideas
  • International, dynamic and welcoming environment

USI is a young and agile university that offers to its students a quality education and an enhancing study experience. International faculty teach students with an interdisciplinary, engaging and interactive approach, leaving room to practical application.

The quality of the study curricula is complemented by USI small size, by its cosmopolitan environment and its informal and dynamic culture.

These elements make USI a hub of opportunity open to the world, where students can engage in direct dialogue with their professors and define their educational path, discover unexpected horizons, and embrace international careers.

Applicants must be in possession of one of the following qualifications:

a) Swiss diplomas, awarded in Switzerland:

Maturità federale and Maturità cantonale recognised by the appropriate Federal Commission;

Maturità commerciale cantonale (Scuola cantonale di commercio, Bellinzona);

Final diploma from a university of applied sciences or diploma of a technical college recognised by the appropriate federal authorities: in these cases, where the field of study selected is the same as the previous one, the single Faculties may recommend admitting candidates to an advanced level of the programme and exempt them from particular examinations or from the internship period.

School-leaving certificates issued by Swiss schools abroad are equally accepted.

b) Overseas certificates

Applicants in possession of a foreign secondary education and/or of a foreign university diploma considered to be equivalent are admitted to the undergraduate programme. As a rule, reference is made to the guidelines of the University Admissions Commission of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities. Should there be doubt about the equivalence of a foreign qualification, this can be resolved by means of an interview or exam; language requirements and/or supplementary courses may also be required.

Italian diplomas

Secondary education (or high school) diplomas conferred by the following types of schools are considered equivalent and therefore acknowledged for admission to the Bachelor programmes:

Classical Gymnasium (or Lyceum);

Scientific Lyceum;

Language Lyceum;

Social sciences (or Humanities) Lyceum.

The following secondary education diplomas are also considered equivalent:

Arts Lyceum, limited to the Bachelor programmes in Architecture and in Italian language, literature and culture;

High school degree in Administration, Finance and Marketing, conferred by a vocational high school (or trade school in economics), limited to the Bachelor programmes in Economics, Communication Sciences and Informatics;

High school degree in Informatics and Telecommunications, conferred by a vocational technical high school, limited to the Bachelor in Informatics.

All other secondary education diplomas conferred by high schools or vocational high schools are not deemed equivalent. Exceptions can be taken into consideration for similar subject areas of study and upon fulfilment of the guidelines of the Admissions' Commission at swissuniversities (formerly CRUS, or Rector's Conference of the Swiss Universities).


With concerns to degrees conferred prior to the implementation of the current set of rules and regulations, the convergence tables for secondary education programmes, as foreseen by the previous regulatory system for the high school and vocational high school system, shall apply. However, diplomas conferred by teacher training schools, professional art schools and all other four-year secondary education schools will not be acknowledged.


The University, through the Career Service, offers to its students a series of activities and contact services with the job market.

In particular, the Service:

  • promotes and develops internship opportunities, coordinating curricular internships;
  • helps students who are seeking their first jobs, providing counselling and career-oriented services;
  • organises information sessions on a variety of companies and organisations, in the private and public sector, nationally and internationally.

More in detail:

  • The internship: Find an internship / job, Internship stories / Info stage
  • Application dossier
  • Career grants
  • Meet the companies
  • USI Career Forum
  • Long Night of the Careers
  • USI & Careers Guide

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