USI UniversitÓ della Svizzera italiana

USI, sometimes referred to as the University of Lugano, is one of the 12 certified public universities in Switzerland coordinated by swissuniversities.

Established in 1996, USI has grown steadily and includes today five Faculties: Architecture, Economics, Communication Sciences, Informatics and Biomedical Sciences. USI currently counts also two affiliated entities, the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB, Bellinzona) and the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IDSIA, Manno).

Its small size, the direct interactions between students and Faculty, the seamless mix of different disciplines, the generous space and the state-of-the-art technical infrastructure make USI the ideal place to study and conduct research. 


USI is a multilingual university with a strong international reach, with students hailing from over 100 different countries. This international attitude translates into a wide range of study programmes in English, thus opening USI to horizons that go beyond national borders: in addition to the Bachelor in Informatics, USI offers 15 graduate-level (Master) programmes in English.


Study curricula at USI are consistently updated and improved, thanks to the close relationship between research and tuition. In addition, the diverse geographic and professional backgrounds of professors and lecturers, with their innovative perspectives, allow for an enriched classroom experience.


The interdisciplinary approach allows students to broaden their horizons by taking courses offered in other USI Faculties and at partner universities, thus customizing their own education.


USI is well connected to the job market. Internships in companies and institutions in Switzerland and abroad are an essential component of students' study curricula. Case studies, field projects and interaction between students and professionals enable our students to put their theoretical knowledge into practice.