Students who have, in another university or university of applied sciences in Switzerland or abroad, exceeded the number of failed examinations permitted by the Study Regulations, and have as a result been rejected by that university, shall not be admitted to study in the same Faculty or field of study (Admission and Matriculation Regulations, Art. 6).
Applicants in possession of a foreign secondary education and/or of a foreign university diploma considered to be equivalent are admitted to the undergraduate programme. As a rule, reference is made to the guidelines of the University Admissions Commission of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (swissuniversities). Where equivalence cannot be unequivocally defined, candidates may be invited to attend an interview or to sit a test, and supplementary, pre-university courses may be prescribed.
Secondary education (or high school) diplomas conferred by the following types of schools are considered equivalent and therefore acknowledged for admission to the Bachelor programmes:
The following secondary education diplomas are also considered equivalent:
All other secondary education diplomas conferred by high schools or vocational high schools are not deemed equivalent. Exceptions can be taken into consideration for similar subject areas of study and upon fulfilment of the guidelines of the Admissions' Commission at swissuniversities (formerly CRUS, or Rector's Conference of the Swiss Universities).
With concerns to degrees conferred prior to the implementation of the current set of rules and regulations, the convergence tables for secondary education programmes, as foreseen by the previous regulatory system for the high school and vocational high school system, shall apply. However, diplomas conferred by teacher training schools, professional art schools and all other four-year secondary education schools will not be acknowledged.
As to qualifications awarded in other countries:
With the "SPORT elite" programme the Università della Svizzera italiana offers to elite athletes the chance to get involved in one of USI’s academic programmes (Bachelor or Master) and organise their schedule in a flexible manner, to ideally combine three main goals:
In particular the programme allows to:
The initiative to establish a flexible programme for elite athletes, follows the approval of the Federal Assembly last 17 June, according to federal law on promotion of sports and physical activities art 1 and 16 with the objective of “promoting all offers that allow athletes to combine sports and education”.
The “SPORT elite” programme was launched during the academic year 2013-2014, and it will be coordinated by USI’s Sports Service in the person of Giorgio Piffaretti. Thanks to its peculiar structure, the programme aims at finding solutions to the many challenges in combining professional sports careers and academics, while keeping a careful eye on academic quality.
Criteria and Admission Procedures
"SPORT elite" is reserved to all students/athletes with a national and international athletic resume. It is crucial to preserve the indisputable quality level of the members of the programme (high merit requirements and high commitment), and to have the possibility to keep an eye on the number of eligible students. Admission to the programme might be suspended or cancelled if serious violations are committed while requesting preferential treatment or if proper admission criteria cease to exist.
Criteria are as follows:
Steps for admission procedures:
The "SPORT elite" programme, or the opportunity to arrange the academic schedule according to the athlete's engagements, revolves around the following key figures:
Is the person in charge of USI's Sport Service, Giorgio Piffaretti whose role is to:
Faculty's Sport Advisor
Each Faculty has a designated "Faculty's Sport Advisor"
The role of the Advisor is to:
Candidates aged 25 or more, although not in possession of the required certificate of secondary education, may be admitted if their previous training and work experience (appropriately documented in their application file) is considered to be sufficient and relevant.