International faculty, small size, dynamic attitude and informal customs, good infrastructures, connections to the labour market, and a favourable context within the Swiss university system – these are all elements that are much appreciated by students and that make for a rewarding study experience at USI.

USI offers quality and interdisciplinary study curricula where theory and practice go hand in hand and where students play an important role: small-sized classes are the ideal venue for exercising in groups and for each individual student to express him/herself and thus develop their personalities and their uniqueness.

Direct interaction with faculty enables students to discover unexpected realities within a cosmopolitan and friendly environment, open to international careers.

The languages of tuition are Italian, mainly in the Bachelor’s programmes and English, in most Master’s programmes, in the doctoral programmes and in Executive education.

USI diplomas – like at all other accredited Swiss universities – comply with the ECTS system and are therefore acknowledged Europe-wide.

USI study curricula



The Swiss university system

The Swiss university system, which includes USI, is a renowned quality system that makes Switzerland – despite its size – one of the most competitive countries in the world.

The strong points of this system are three: 

  • International appeal  - Swiss universities attract students and faculty from many different countries; altogether, a quarter of the students and a third of faculty at Swiss universities come from abroad; at USI, 65% of students are foreign, coming from 100 different countries.
  • High employment rate of graduates – on average, 1 year after graduation over 90% of graduates have joined the workforce.
  • Favourable framework conditions – Switzerland is a country with a quality of life among the highest in the world, efficient public services and a stable political system, which allow for positive interactions between the public and the private sector leading to important investments in higher education (around 17.500 USD per student per annum, against the OCSE average of 10.200 USD), research and innovation.


USI education at a glance  
Bachelors 6
Masters 23
Executive programmes 10
Main study areas

Computational science
Data science
Health studies
Medicine and biomedicine


Doctoral programs in the different research areas of the University


Graduates with employment 1 year after graduation 90%
Students 2900
Countries represented 100
Teacher / student ratio 1/9
Average rating given to courses by students 8/10
Partner universities for academic mobility 80
Annual scholarships in 2015-2016 130
Number of diplomas per annum (average) 500
Total number of graduates 7400