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USI - Università della Svizzera italiana

Via G. Buffi 13 Lugano,
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Undergraduate Overview

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.


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.

Programs available

Undergraduate - Faculties/Departments and Programs

University Highlights

USI - Università della Svizzera italiana is one of the top universities in Lugano, Switzerland. It is ranked #=273 in QS Global World Rankings 2021.

Total students - 2,695


International students - 1,864


Total faculty staff - 403


Total students - 2,695


International students - 1,864


Total faculty staff - 403



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