Academic Programmes

In 2004, USI Università della Svizzera italiana adopted the European system of Bologna, which structures university studies into a three-years Bachelor degree, followed by a two-years specialized Master programme.

USI offers to students who graduated from high school four Bachelor programmes: Architecture (in Mendrisio), Economics, Communication Sciences and Informatics (in Lugano).
Bachelor program last three years and provide ample, solid theoretical foundations in the chosen field. Ateliers and laboratories allow students to apply the acquired knowledge through practical activities, under the close supervision of faculty members.
After the first year(s), students usually select a more definite direction for their studies, choosing among a number of elective courses which delve deeply into specific areas.
Bachelor courses are mainly taught in Italian.

USI Bachelor programmes prepare students for successful professional careers in the field of interest, or for continuing their education with a Master programme.

Students who hold a USI Bachelor degree (or a comparable degree from another University) can access one of the many Master programmes offered at USI.
Master programs last two years and provide highly specialized education and training in a specific area. Top-level faculty, collaborating with prestigious local and international institutions, prepare graduate students for high-level professional careers in specialized fields, or for a future in academic research.
Some Masters programs are taught in Italian, others in English.

Master's graduates who wish to pursue a career in academic or professional research may continue their education with a PhD at USI.
Doctoral programmes last a minimum of three years and may require attendance of courses. The final PhD dissertation proves the candidate’s significant contribution to the chosen field of research.

Executive Master
USI offers seven Executive Masters in relevant professional fields; these highly-specialized, international programmes may last one to four years and are designed to meet the needs of experienced professionals in an increasingly global and ever-evolving society.
Courses may be taught in Italian, English, or French, depending on the programme.

Exchange programmes
USI promotes student mobility across European campuses. USI courses provide ECTS (or study credits) according to international standards, and can be validated by other European Universities.
USI offers exchange opportunities to students at USI and from partner universities. For detailed information please visit the International Relations and Study-abroad Office.