- General requirements:
Bachelor’s degree granted by a state-recognized University, of at least 180 ECTS (or equivalent) to be obtained before starting the Master. The term may be postponed in case some assessments are recorded or the bachelor thesis is defended later on, on a case to case basis. The Bachelor's degree gives access to a Master's programmes in the same field.
Admission to programmes in other fields can be subject to the addition of levelling courses, by assessment of the competent Faculty in charge of evaluating the application.
Students who have exceeded the number of attempts to pass exams (definitive failure) in any Swiss or foreign university cannot be admitted to the same Faculty or subject area (Art. 6, Regulations for admissions and enrolment).
- Specific requirements:
Please refer to the individual Master programme websites, in the Admissions section.
Admission of candidates with academic curricula other than those indicated for each Master's program above is assessed individually. Program directors may require such candidates to include additional courses in their study plans when deemed essential for their academic curriculum.
Admission to English-language Master programmes at USI requires a good command of English. Non-native English speakers applying to the Master’s or whose previous degree was obtained in another language, are required to provide an internationally acknowledged language certificate equal to the B2 level as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR) or equivalent (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).
The B2 level on the CEFR corresponds to the following scores in internationally acknowledged exams:
|Cambridge English||B2 First|
|TOEIC||Listening & Reading: 785
Students admitted under the above-mentioned condition (with the exception of the Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication) must achieve a C1 competence in English within the maximum time required to obtain the Master's degree.
The level can be certified either by attending a language course offered at USI during the Fall and Spring semester, and by taking the final exam, or by providing an internationally acknowledged language certificate.
The C1 level on the CEFR corresponds to the following scores in internationally acknowledged exams:
|Cambridge English||C1 Advanced, grade C or above
BEC (Business English), grade C or above
|TOEIC||Listening & Reading: 945
We only accept the English qualifications mentioned above. The certificate must still be valid at the point of the application. In general, we are not able to accept language test results older than 3 years, as of September 1st.
Academic Year 2022/23
When do I have to submit my English language certification?
Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society / Economics / Informatics
The language certification should be included in the application package. Exceptions will be made for those who can prove the cancellation of international certificates exam sessions.