USI Università Della Svizzera Italiana / University of Lugano

Motto: International / Interdisciplinary / Innovative

Lugano, Switzerland

No. Students: 3,017 (2,027 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 794
Funding type: Public
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Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons to study at USI Università Della Svizzera Italiana / University of Lugano

  • Swiss public University. USI Università della Svizzera italiana (also known as University of Lugano) is a member of the Swiss university system.
  • Internationally renowned professors. 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.
  • Various and interesting job opportunities. USI maintains close relationships with the working world. Internships in companies and institutions in Switzerland as well as abroad are an integral part of the curriculum.
  • International setting. USI is a multilingual university with an international atmosphere. Lectures are given in Italian and English, but on the two USI campuses many other languages are spoken. With foreign students making up 60% of the student body, USIs international environment comes to life with the beginning of each class. USI opens opportunities beyond the national borders having its Bachelor in Informatics and 16 Master programmes taught in English.
  • Interdisciplinary approach. The interdisciplinary approach allows students to broaden their horizons by taking courses offered in other USI departments and at partner universities, thus customising their own education.
  • Innovative. Thanks to the combination of continuous research and advanced teaching methods, courses are constantly reviewed and improved upon to keep up with the times.

USI's small size, its high 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 in a cosmopolitan and multicultural environment.


Founded in 1996, the Università della Svizzera italiana 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 in Switzerland 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.

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.


Administrative services

The administrative services include the USI secretariat, the faculties secretariats and the human resources department.

University Library Services

The University of Lugano offers library services for students, teachers and collaborators, but also open to the public, with headquarters in the Lugano and Mendrisio campuses.

Study Advisory Service

The Study Advisory Service aims at supporting and accompanying students in the choice of a study programme. The Service provides detailed information and is available through the entire academic year to discuss students educational options via email, phone, or personal appointment.

International Relations and Study-abroad Office

This office exists to facilitate the participation of the USIs students and academic staff in different student exchange initiatives.

Sport Service USI/SUPSI

Created to raise the awareness of faculty, staff, and students to the importance of sport, this service promotes and organises various sporting activities and events.

USI Career Service

USI's Career Service aims at fostering exchange and contacts with the professional world, and at acquainting students with the working environment, thus making the transition from the academic world to the workplace easier and more successful.


The offices main task is to overlook relations with former students of the University of Lugano, aiming at creating a successful network between former students and the university.

Equal Opportunities Service

The service organises concrete projects and campaigns aimed at generating awareness for gender issues and fostering equal opportunities.

Quality Assurance

Responsible for a sound administration of quality assurance within the University of Lugano, focused mainly on teaching, research, and services to the academic community.

Research Service USI/SUPSI

A joint service of the University of Lugano and of the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), aiming to provide support to researchers of both institutions.

Start-up Promotion Centre

The Start-up Promotion Centre has been created with the purpose of providing assistance to Swiss and foreign graduates and, in particular, to those who intend starting up a business in the Canton Ticino.

Student life

The University of Lugano (USI) has 2 campuses: one in Lugano, for the faculties of Economics, Communication Sciences, and Informatics, and the other in Mendrisio (15 km south, closer to the Italian border), for the Academy of Architecture.

In both cities the campus has developed around ancient neoclassic buildings, skilfully adapted to host lessons, laboratories and ateliers. New buildings and infrastructures have recently been added to provide students, faculty and researchers with more highly functional spaces and top quality equipment. The campus is continuously evolving to better address the needs of its growing community.

Classrooms and study rooms, ateliers, computer labs accessible day and night, and libraries equipped with the most modern systems offer ideal conditions both for individual study and for teaching activities.

The contained number of students, the wide availability of top-level resources, and the beauty of the surroundings make USI campuses a safe, friendly and familiar environment, where students, teachers and researchers can engage in stimulating dialogue, take part in extra-curricular activities, and enjoy university life at its fullest.

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