Tuition and scholarships - Bachelor programmes

Tuition fees amount to CHF 4,000 per semester. For students whose official residence was in Switzerland, or in Liechtenstein at the time of the final high school exam (Maturità) the fees are of CHF 2,000.
Tuition fees are payable at the beginning of each term, by the deadline indicated on the invoice; fee payment is an essential condition for matriculating or renewing one's enrolment.


1. Bursaries granted by the Canton Ticino
Students having had resident status in Ticino for at least two years (for foreign students, at least five years) may seek financial assistance from the Department of Education, Culture and Sport (Dipartimento dell'Educazione, della cultura e dello sport - DECS) of the Canton Ticino.

The electronic version of the application form can be downloaded from the web page, whereas the hard copy is available at the main reception of the Lugano Faculties of USI.

The related web page provides information about private foundations active in Ticino:
(in Italian only)

For further details, please contact the Student Financial Aid Office (Ufficio degli aiuti allo studio):

Residenza governativa
6501 Bellinzona
Tel. +41 91 814 34 32


2. Bursaries granted by other Swiss cantons

Students whose regular residence is in any other Swiss canton are required to apply to the relevant bureau for study grants and scholarships.


3. Bursaries granted by private foundations

  • Foundation for the Lugano Faculties of the Università della Svizzera italiana
    • 20 one-off scholarships of CHF 4'000 each to first-year Bachelor students who obtained their high-school degree and who at the moment of graduation had legal residence in the German- or French-speaking cantons of Switzerland. The aim is to increase the multilingual and multicultural diversity of our university. The study grant is awarded automatically once the matriculation procedure has been completed.
    • 5 scholarships for students admitted to the first year of the Bachelor in Economics for the academic year 2020/2021.
      Application form
    • 5 scholarships for students admitted to the first year of the Bachelor in Communication Sciences for the academic year 2020/2021.
      Application form
    • 5 scholarships for each of the 3 years of study for students enrolled in the Bachelor in Italian language, literature and culture for the academic year 2020/2021.
      Call (in Italian only)
      Application form (in Italian only)
  • The Equal Opportunities Service of the Università della Svizzera italiana organises a contest for one scholarship worth CHF 4’000 for a female student admitted to the first year of the Bachelor in Informatics for the academic year 2020/2021.
    Application form 

  • Private foundations for the Academy of Architecture
    For bursaries granted by private foundations to Swiss and foreign students please refer to:
  • Leonardo Foundation
    Swiss and foreign students enrolled at the Università della Svizzera italiana can apply for a scholarship granted by the Leonardo Foundation. Applications (and renewals) are to be submitted by related form, downloadable here: Application deadline: July 31st, 2019. 
  • Sodeska Foundation
    The Sodeska Foundation offers 5 annual scholarships to Swiss students to support them in their academic studies at USI. Applications are to be submitted in a sealed envelope, addressed to the Fondazione SODESKA, and handed in at the USI front desk by February 28th (information sheet, in Italian only).
  • Reginaldus Foundation
    The Reginaldus Foundation awards several scholarships to deserving and needy students of the university campus of Lugano. These grants are aimed at students who intend to live in the Aristotle College, which offers not only board and lodging but also some academic activities. The scholarships cover the college fees, totally or partially, depending on applicants' merit and financial situation. The admission to the Aristotle College is based on the high school final grade, academic degrees earned, the transcript of records of the last two years of study and an admission interview.
    For further information, please contact:
  • Zonta Club Lugano Foundation
    The Zonta Club Lugano Foundation, for the academic year 2018-2019, awards several scholarships to Swiss students or foreign students living in Ticino with a C residence permit who are attending a Bachelor's or a Master's Degree Programme. The application form together with the supporting documents has to be submitted to the Fondazione Zonta Club Lugano by the 30th October 2018 (competition announcement and application form).
  • IBSA Foundation for scientific research
    The IBSA Foundation for scientific research firmly believes in the broad and open frontiers of science, and that faith in the future is rooted in the building of solid foundations, which are based on education and scientific knowledge.
    The IBSA Foundation for scientific research ( offers every year scholarships for Bachelor students in medicine, studying at USI partner universities (University of Basel, ETH Zurich, University of Zurich).
    Information (pdf, 276 Kb)
    Call - in Italian (pdf, 20 Kb)


Further information:
Faculty of Economics, Communication Sciences and Informatics:
Academy of Architecture: