Structure and contents
The bachelor programme offered by the Faculty of Informatics consists of an innovative, project-based, team-oriented curriculum of six semesters. In the first five semesters, students work on group projects. In the sixth semester, they work on an individual final project in which they use all their acquired knowledge to solve an interesting problem. The bachelor students have opportunities for summer internships both at companies and at the university. The bachelor programme emphasizes theoretical foundations, technology, and soft skills such as communication and teamwork.
What do our students say: testimonial by Stefano Taillefert
Studying at USI is a great learning experience: despite being a relatively small university, it is very dynamic and full of interesting people, among both professors and students!
The courses are very diversified and cover many different topics, but everything is related to informatics and oriented to practical uses.
My favourite part of the Bachelor programme is the projects we have to develop individually or in groups (for example, a browser game: https://loa.soulsbros.ch) because we get to create a real working product with the knowledge we acquired during the semester.
Studiare all'USI è una grande esperienza di apprendimento: nonostante sia un'università relativamente piccola, l'USI è molto dinamica e piena di persone interessanti, sia tra i professori che tra gli studenti!
I corsi soon diversificati e permettono di affrontare molti argomenti diversi, ma tutto è legato all'informatica e orientato agli usi pratici.
La mia parte preferita del Bachelor è data da tutti i progetti che dobbiamo sviluppare individualmente o in gruppo (ad esempio, un browser game: https://loa.soulsbros.ch) perché riusciamo a creare un vero e proprio prodotto di lavoro con le conoscenze acquisite durante il semestre.
* select 39 ECTS of electives
The Bachelor programme is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach and project-based learning. Interdisciplinary is assured by integrating basic informatics courses with courses in different application fields, such as computational sciences, economics, and communication sciences.
The foundation course introduces students to the theory and practice of informatics. Here they acquire the necessary notions and background knowledge likely to inspire their subsequent choice of specialisation.
The Bachelor programme introduces students to the theory and practice of Informatics. It emphasises theoretical foundations, technology, and soft skills such as communication and teamwork.
The curriculum is structured around four areas of learning essential for a truly interdisciplinary education:
The principles and foundations of informatics were established in the last century. These foundations help the student understand the potential and limits of computing. The theoretical subjects build up a basis on which it will be possible to conduct scientific analysis and design.
Informatics is characterized by rapid changes in technology. Students learn to cope with technological change and evolution, and the impact of the technology on society and the evolution of the field of informatics.
- Systems thinking
Informatics systems today form the foundations of many societal, governmental, and business systems and services. Informatics professionals must learn to view a computer-based system as a component of a larger environment rather than an isolated system.
- Communication, team work, and management
IT projects tend to be interdisciplinary. An informatics professional or computer scientist works with, and helps a team to identify problems that need to be solved and finds and implements solutions to those problems. This work requires interaction with others. Students must learn to communicate, work with others in a team, and present the results of their work
The Bachelor in Informatics is given in English.
Language courses at USI
USI offers courses in English, French, German and Italian free of charge for Bachelor/Master students, PhD students, and academic and administrative staff of all its Faculties.
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