USI Summer Campus 2021, 19-31 July 2021

USI Summer Campus is an initiative springing from the request of a group of USI students to the Senate for a summer gathering on campus to boost student life after an academic year still marked by restrictions.

The programme is open to students of all USI Faculties enrolled at USI during the Academic year 2021-22.

The last year has been very challenging for the academic community, especially for the student community, which has continuously been called upon to review habits and expectations. USI has shown its ability to manage online education, seize opportunities, and ensure a flexible and seamless learning experience. Yet, it has never forgotten the importance of classroom learning and university life on campus: teaching, as repeatedly stressed, is also engaging in human relationships.

USI Summer Campus 2021 offers a rich lineup of courses and activities:

  • Language courses, English, German and French in collaboration with the Laboratory of Modern Languages;
  • Italian language courses, in collaboration with the Italian language courses at USI;
  • Training related to digital skills, offered by the Digital Media Lab;
  • USI Digicamp: Peer to peer training, held by USI students
  • Courses offered by the USI UNESCO Chair, dedicated to world heritage, digital technologies and sustainable tourism;
  • Trips and cultural visits in the region;
  • Sports activities offered by the USI Sport Service.

Lorenzo Cantoni

Pro-Rector for Education and Students' Experience

"USI Summer Campus 2021 will be a valuable opportunity to fully experience academic life, in a stimulating environment and full of rich offers context.”

Diana Sofia Da Costa Santos

Student representatives in the Academic Senate, Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society

"USI Summer Campus 2021, a 360-degree project, was born from the union of our community. It’s much more than a summer program: it’s USI’s dedication to its students."

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  • Programme

    Welcome Event and aperitif offered, Monday 19 July, after the activities, inner courtyard East Campus

     

    Language courses, English, German and French in collaboration with the Laboratory of Modern Languages (28 class hours, from 19.07 to 28.07)

    • English B2: English writing and presentation skills

    The USI Summer Campus offers a 28-hour English course for students who wish to practice and improve their English skills in a dynamic and stimulating environment. The course is aimed at students with an intermediate to upper-intermediate level of English ( B1 + / B2 level ) and will focus on improving writing, reading, listening and speaking skills. The lessons will centre around specific themes such as the global economy, the environment, technology, media, health and other topical subjects. During the course, students will have the opportunity to:

    • practice summary and report writing
    • prepare presentations and take part in group discussions
    • revise English grammar
    • improve reading and listening skills
    • enlarge and expand their vocabulary

    Students will be working together on a range of interesting tasks encouraging collaboration and teamwork in an English-speaking environment.
    Teacher: Christin von Broen

    • English C1: Advanced English for business communication in context

    In the world of work, fluency in English has never been more important. Being able to communicate confidently at a high level in English helps candidates win hotly contested positions, ensures that their voices are heard beyond the immediate team, and enables them to direct and develop their future career success in senior roles on the international scene. This course aims to develop students’ advanced English language skills and awareness with a focus on contemporary business contexts. It is fully customized, based around themes the participants are likely to meet in their future careers. Participants will practice higher-level communication skills that are vital in business, including negotiating, argumentation and active listening, collaborative decision-making and fostering agreement. The course is taught through a dynamic blend of authentic reading and listening input, in-depth language study and collaborative case-study work.
    Teacher: Louise Bostock

    • French A2-B1: Corso di conversazione e scrittura

    L’obiettivo di questo corso è di incoraggiare i partecipanti a esprimersi liberamente in francese e di mettere in pratica e sviluppare le loro abilità orali e scritte. Il tema del corso è la scoperta della Francia :

    • la gastronomia (specialità regionali, abitudini culinarie ed altro)
    • la scoperta di alcune regioni della Francia dal punto di vista turistico.

    Gli argomenti trattati saranno associati ad esercizi, al lessico inerente al tema e ad un esercizio scritto finale.
    Teaacher: Anne Criblez

    • French B1-B2: Francophonie: une langue, mille réalités

    Le but du cours est de découvrir la diversité des pays et des cultures qui partagent l’usage de la langue française. Des pays et des régions francophones seront étudiés (Suisse, Maghreb, Québec, Tahiti etc.) ; l’accent sera mis sur leur évolution historique et culturelle, ainsi que sur leur place dans le monde d’aujourd’hui.
    Teacher: Paola Crivelli

    • German A0-A1: Hallo wie geht’s. Comunicare in situazioni quotidiane

    L’obiettivo del corso è lo sviluppo della comunicazione orale, con l’acquisizione di vocabolario di base relativo a situazioni comunicative quotidiane, da praticare attraverso giochi di ruolo.
    Teacher: Ursula Wolf

    • German B1-B2: Reise durch die deutschsprachige Lebenswelt (full)

    Berühmte Städte und schöne Landschaften werden mit Videos der Deutschen Welle vorgestellt, darunter auch einige Folgen der Abenteuerspielsendung "Ticket nach Berlin". Es werden verschiedene Themen wie Reisen und Urlaub, Freizeit und Sport, Einkaufen und Essen behandelt. Die Konversation sowie das Seh-Hörverstehen werden aktiviert. Die Sprachkenntnisse werden durch Zusatzmaterial und interaktive Übungen und Aufgaben zu Wortschatz, Grammatik und Landeskunde trainiert. 
    Teacher: Germana D'Alessio

     

    For more detailed information: corsi.lingua@usi.ch

     

    Italian language courses, in collaboration with the Italian language courses at USI

    • Italian A1: Absolute beginner, CEFR level A1, no previous knowledge of the Italian language. Mi presento! Espressioni di base.
    • Italian A1-A2: Beginner, CEFR level A1-A2, very basic knowledge of the Italian language. Interagire nelle situazioni più comuni della vita quotidiana.
    • Italian A2: Elementary, CEFR level A2, basic knowledge of the Italian language. Esprimersi in modo fluido con un linguaggio semplice.
    • Italian A2-B1: Upper elementary, CEFR level A2-B1, waystage Italian. Consolidamento della capacità comunicativa.
    • Italian B1: Intermediate, CEFR level B1, independent user. Strategie per raccontare in forma argomentativa.

    28 class hours, from 19.07 to 28.07. The course might be accredited for ECTS according to the Italian course terms.

    For more detailed information: italiancourses@usi.ch

     

    Training related to digital skills, offered by the Digital Media Lab Digital

    • Photoshop, Mattia Pera, graphic designer, elab (USI)

    The course is designed for those who wish to acquire the basic knowledge of image processing and will cover the following topics:

    • User interface and workspace
    • Image acquisition
    • Compressions and formats
    • Color correction;
    • Photo editing and Photo composition
    • Types of export

    No prior knowledge of Photoshop is required.
    Course duration: one lesson.

    • Video Editing, Shondel Bervini, video maker, eLab (USI)

    Realization of a video composed of several clips on a simple software for video editing

    • How to cut and assemble video clips
    • How to enlarge and resize the images of a video
    • How to correct colors
    • How to insert images, graphics and add simple effects
    • How to export the finished video

    Course requirements: you must have your personal computer and at least 10 videos lasting at least 15 seconds ready to be used on your pc.
    The software that will be used is called Filmora and can be downloaded for free for a trial for both Windows and Mac. Remember to only download the free version on the course date.
    Course duration: one lesson.

    Stop motion animation, Milly Miljkovic, Animation Designer - https://www.millymiljkovic.com/

    Stop motion is increasingly being used in advertising videos, music videos, promotional inserts, etc. This course will start with a brief introduction on storytelling, after which there will be a constructive part, where you will build objects-subjects (two-dimensional or three-dimensional) with various materials available, and then we will proceed with the real animation part. The purpose of the course is to learn the stop motion technique at best, so that you can use it in the future for professional / personal needs. At the end of the course you will obtain a short animated movie/gif. 

    To participate in the course you will need to download the app Stop Motion Studio on your smartphone. 
    Course duration: one lesson.

    The three courses offered by the DML might be accredited by relevant programs for 1.5 ECTS (for the 3 courses).
    For more detailed information on Digital Media Lab courses: branislava.trifkovic@usi.ch

     

    USI Digicamp: Peer to peer training, held by USI students
    List of courses offered:

    For more information visit the section Digicamp

     

    “Digital media and heritage”, a course by the UNESCO Chair at USI

    Held by Prof. Lorenzo Cantoni, Chair-holder, and other members of USI’s UNESCO Chair
    Since 2013 a UNESCO Chair has been established at USI, devoted to ICT [Information and Communication Technologies] to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites. The course will address the three main themes covered by the Chair – Heritage, ICT, sustainable tourism – and their reciprocal interactions. It will focus on the role digital media can have to preserve and communicate cultures. The course will include theoretical presentations, case studies as well as practical activities.
    The course might be accredited by relevant programs for 1.5 ECTS. In English, Master level; In Italian, Bachelor level
    On Saturday of both weeks, there will be a guided tour of the city of Bellinzona, to which the students of the course are invited to participate (see section Cultural activities and discovery of the territory).

    For more detailed information: unescochair@usi.ch

     

    Trips and cultural visits in the region

    • LAC, church and cloister in the urban area

    The guided visit offers a historical, artistic, architectural and urbanistic overview of the district in which the LAC is located, through a path that winds between past and present (LAC Lugano). Meeting Point: main entrance LAC Lugano.

    • MASILugano exhibitions ("MoMA" and "Sentiment and Observation Art in Ticino")

    Guided visit to the exhibitions "The Thomas Walther Collection at The Museum of Modern Art, New York: Masterwork of modern Photography 1900-1940" and the "MASI collections: Sentiment and Observation Art in Ticino, 1850-1950". Meeting Point: main entrance LAC Lugano.

    • The Hermann Hesse Museum and walk to the "Red House"

    Guided visit of the small museum dedicated to the German writer Hermann Hesse in Montagnola, above Lugano. A permanent exhibit introduces the forty years that Hesse spent in the south of the Alps from 1919. And, walk to the "Red House". Meeting point: Museum Hermann Hesse, Montagnola Paese, which can be reached by public transport.

    • Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS)

    Guided visit to the "Swiss National Supercomputing Centre". Founded in 1991, CSCS develops and provides the key supercomputing capabilities required to solve important problems related to science and/or society. CSCS collaborates with USI. Meeting point: CSCS, Via Trevano 131, Lugano, which can be reached by public transport.

    • "Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno" (IRSOL)

    Guided visit to the "Istituto di ricerche solari" and the "Specola Solare Ticinese». IRSOL is from January 2021 affiliated to the Faculty of Informatics at USI. Lugano railway station FFS.

    • Bellinzona. UNESCO World heritage sites and local traditions

    Complementary visit included in the course "UNESCO World heritage sites" offered by the UNESCO Chair at USI and held by Prof. Lorenzo Cantoni. And a guided tour to discover the typical tourist attractions, the historical center, the castles of Bellinzona and the traditional Saturday morning market. Meeting point: Bellinzona, which can be reached by public transport.

    • Monte Tamaro. Architecture, arts, culture and spirituality. Nature and adventure

    Cable car ride to Monte Tamaro. Adventure park trail and guided visit to the "Santa Maria degli Angeli" church, created by the famous architect Mario Botta, also popular for being among the founders of the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio at USI. Meeting point: Monte Tamaro, Rivera, which can be reached by public transport.

    • Monte Generoso. Architecture, design, landscape and stunning view

    Ride by small train to the Vetta. Walk and guided tour of the "Stone Flower" recently created by the famous architect Mario Botta, also popular for being among the founders of the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio at USI. Meeting point: Capolago, which can be reached by public transport.

    For more detailed information: maurizia.ruinelli@usi.ch

     

    Sports activities offered by the USI Sport Service

    • Canoeing + Stand up paddle (full)

    Canoeing and stand-up paddling are offered as introductory courses, suitable for beginners or those who have already started. They take place at the nautical base of the “Associazione Vela Ceresio (AVC)” (https://velaceresio.ch/) in Figino.
    Each course lasts 5h, breaks included. The basic technical knowledge will be taught and a short excursion will take place. The activity may be suspended or cancelled if the weather forecast do not allow the activity to take place in complete safety.
    Instruction: USI Sport Service team.
    Condition of participation: ability to swim.
    Sitton top canoes and lake kayaks will be used for canoeing and 11.6ft rigid boards for stand-up paddling, ideal for instruction with beginners.
    During the first week eight courses will be offered and the same during the second week.
    Each course has 16 places, registration is compulsory.
    Transport by minibus with return to USI approximately 30 minutes after the end of the activity.

    • Rowing

    Canoeing is offered as introductory courses, suitable for beginners or those who have already started. It takes place at the Ceresio Rowing Club (www.scceresio.ch) in Gandria.
    Each course lasts 2h30, and participants can sign up for one or more courses. Basic technical knowledge will be taught and a short excursion will be organised. The activity may be suspended or cancelled if the weather forecast do not allow the activity to be carried out in complete safety.
    Instruction: USI Sport Service team.
    Condition of participation: ability to swim.
    Boats suitable for beginners (surf skiffs) will be used.
    During the first week eight courses will be offered and the same during the second week.
    Each course has 6 places, registration is compulsory.
    Transfer by bike (private or using “Publibike”) with return to USI about 30 minutes after the end of the activity.

    • Tennis (full)

    The tennis activity is offered in the form of one lesson of 2 hours, ideally for beginners or initiated participants. The courses are held on the clay courts of the “Lugano 1903 Tennis Club” in Pregassona (www.tclugano1903.ch).
    Participants may register in one or more courses.
    The Sport Service can provide a tennis racket free of charge upon request for those who do not have one. The request should be done by e-mail at least one week before the start of the course.
    Instruction: USI Sport Service team.
    Condition of participation: tennis shoes suitable for playing on clay courts; jogging shoes are not allowed.
    During the first week four courses will be offered and the same during the second week.
    The meeting point is at the tennis club 15 minutes before the start of the course, which can be reached in about 20 minutes on foot from USI, or by public transport or by using “Publibike”.

    • Fitness and wellness

    Individual training or led by one of the Sport hall's instructors in one of the region's most renowned Fitness Centres.
    The wellness area of the “Splash and Spa” in Rivera is the largest in Ticino, relaxation and fun guaranteed. For further information: www.splashespa.ch/it.
    Individual transfer by train, travel time approx. 15 minutes. It is essential to register and collect your voucher for free entrance, without which you will have to pay the entrance fee (no refund).

    • Individual swimming at the Lugano swimming pools

    The three swimming pools of Lugano (www.lugano.ch/vivere-lugano/cultura-e-tempo-libero/lidi-e-piscine) and Paradiso (https://paradiso.ch/lido-piscina-conca-doro) can be used on a rotating basis.
    The Sport Service will provide the voucher for free entrance.
    Compulsory registration.

    • Trekking Val Colla - Gazzirola

    Excursion (www.montagneticinesi.ch/trekking/gazzirola/?lang=it) led by one or more instructors from the Sport Service in the Val Colla region to reach the highest peak in the municipality of Lugano: Gazzirola at 2116 metres above sea level.
    The hike, which lasts about 6-7 hours, requires good physical condition and suitable equipment for walking on the trail (high boots to protect the ankle and with profiled soles), mountain rucksack, water bottle. Lunch will be in the form of a picnic to be eaten outdoors and must be organised by the participants.
    Registration is compulsory, further information will follow directly to those registered.

    For more detailed information: giorgio.piffaretti@usi.ch

  • Registration

    Online registration is open until 13 June for all USI students enrolled during the academic year 2020-21.

    A CHF 15.00 nominal fee is requested to gain access to all courses and activities offered (please refer to the courses and activities descriptions for any requirements for registration and detailed information). In addition, registered students will receive a welcome package.

    Places available for courses and activities are limited to guarantee the quality of the offer. They are organised in full compliance with the Federal, Cantonal, and USI COVID-19 provisions. Some courses and activities may be cancelled should a minimum number of participants not be reached. Thank you for your understanding. The programme lineup will be gradually defined due to the ever-evolving health situation.

    Registration for courses and activities will be confirmed to the students by the courses or activities' coordinators/teachers/services in charge, which will be available for any reallocations or changes.

    Registration closed