Admission

The formal requirement for admission is a Bachelor's degree granted by a recognised university in the field of Computer sciences or related disciplines.

Candidates with a Bachelor's degree of a recognised University of Applied Sciences may be admitted with 30-60 additional ECTS to be earned during or before the beginning of the programme, with Bachelor courses according to a study program defined by the scientific director. Admissions will be treated on a case by case basis.

Please check the language requirements below.

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  • Language

    The 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 language certificate must be included in the application package.
    We only accept the English qualifications mentioned above. The certificate must still be valid at the point of the application. We generally cannot accept language test results older than three years as of September 1st.

    The B2 level on the CEFR corresponds to the following scores in internationally acknowledged exams:

    IELTS* 5.5
    TOEFL* Computer-based: 183
    Internet-based*: 65
    Paper-based: 513
    Cambridge English B2 First
    TOEIC Listening & Reading: 785
    Speaking: 150
    Writing: 160

    Students admitted under the above-mentioned condition 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, 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:

    IELTS* 7.0
    TOEFL* Internet-based*: 100
    Cambridge English C1 Advanced, grade C or above
    BEC (Business English), grade C or above
    TOEIC Listening & Reading: 945
    Speaking: 180
    Writing: 180

     

    *Update 30.01.2023 - Academic Year 2023/24
    Certificates obtained by passing the IELTS Academic Online or TOEFL iBT Home Edition tests may also be submitted for admission to the programme.

    Italian

    As Lugano is located in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, students might be interested in acquiring the basics in Italian.
    The Università della Svizzera italiana offers a free of charge Italian language course: further information can be found here.