General information

EUC Number (Charta): 259340 (awarded in 2011)
Erasmus Code: CH LUGANO01
Founded in 1996, the Università della Svizzera italiana, USI, is a
member of the Swiss university system, together with the nine other
cantonal universities and the Federal Institutes of Technology in
Zurich and Lausanne. It is the only Italian-speaking university outside
Italy and comprises four Faculties: Architecture on the Mendrisio
campus and Communication Sciences, Economics and Informatics,
on the Lugano campus. All the Faculties follow the European study
plan which awards a Bachelor degree after the first three years of
study and a Master Degree after the following two years.
Its geographical, political and cultural background has enabled USI
to grow into a multilingual academic institution with great international
openness. More than half of the students and professors
come from abroad and the majority of the Master programmes
offered are taught in English, thus creating a cosmopolitan and
multicultural environment. USI is active in many innovative fields
of research and participates in numerous national and international
networks of research.
Thanks to the collaboration of USI and its Alumni in the working
world, students have great opportunities to discover future
job possibilities. A period of work experience with a company
or institution in Switzerland or abroad is either recommended or
integrated in the study curriculum. The USI Career Service assists
students in their choice of internship and in their job search.
Its small size, close relationships between students and professors,
the integration of different disciplines, the generous space and the
top-quality technical infrastructure allows USI to offer ideal conditions for study and research.

Network memberships

Association of European Conservatories of Music (AEC)
European Association for International Education (EAIE)
European Distance E-Learning Network (EDEN)
European University Continuing Education Network (EUCEN)


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