Tuition and scholarships for Master's programmes

Tuition fees amount to CHF 4'000.- per semester. For students whose official residence was in Switzerland or Liechtenstein at the time of the final high school exam (Maturità), the fees are CHF 2'000.-. The semester's fees of CHF 2'000.- are also applied to students whose official residence is Campione d'Italia under certain conditions.
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.

 

Scholarships granted by the Canton Ticino  

 

The Department of Education, Culture and Sport (Dipartimento dell’Educazione, della cultura e dello sport - DECS) of the Canton of Ticino provides financial support to students who meet its residency requirements.

The information booklet and the application forms can be downloaded from the web page: www4.ti.ch/decs/sa/uast/sportello/formulari-e-opuscoli (in Italian only).

A related web page provides information about private foundations active in Ticino: www4.ti.ch/decs/sa/uast/fondazioni-private/fondazioni-private (in Italian only).

For further details, please contact the “Ufficio degli aiuti allo studio”: www4.ti.ch/decs/sa/uast/ufficio.

 

 

 
Scholarships granted by other Swiss cantons  

 

Swiss students residing in other cantons can apply for educational funding from the competent cantonal office, which can be found through the following web site: www.edk.ch/it/temi/borse-di-studio/uffici-cantonali.

 

 

 
Foundation for the Lugano Faculties of the Università della Svizzera italiana  

 

2024/25

For the academic year 2024/25, the Foundation for the Lugano Faculties of the Università della Svizzera italiana will award:

  • 60 one-off scholarships of CHF 4'000 each to students admitted to the first year of a Master’s programme offered by the Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Informatics, Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society (except the Master in European Studies in Investor Relations and Financial Communication) or Faculty of Biomedical Sciences (only Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication) 
    Call

    Applications must be submitted through the appropriate online form, the link of which will be provided in the letter of admission to the Master’s programme, by July 31st, 2024.

  • 20 one-off scholarship awards of CHF 4'000 each given to the best student enrolled in the second year of each USI Master's programme based on the results at the end of the first year of studies. The scholarship awards are granted automatically in November on the basis of the autumn exam session results
    Regulations

 

 

 
Private foundations for the Academy of Architecture  

 

For scholarships granted by private foundations to students enrolled in the Academy of Architecture, please refer to the web page www.arc.usi.ch/en/practical-information/scholarships.

 

 

 
IBSA Foundation for scientific research  

 

2024/25

The call will be available in August 2024.

2023/24

The IBSA Foundation for scientific research offers scholarships every year for students enrolled in the first or second year of the Master of Medicine. Each scholarship consists of an annual amount of CHF 2'000. Information on how to apply is available on the web page www.biomed.usi.ch/en/study/study-medicine/fees-and-scholarships.

 

 

 

SAFE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT

 

 

2024/25

SAFE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT SA offers from 3 to 5 scholarships to swiss and foreign students admitted to the first year of the Master’s in Finance programme in September 2024. Each scholarship consists of an annual amount of CHF 2'000. Applications must be submitted through the appropriate online form by August 15th, 2024. The link of the form can be requested by emailing [email protected]

Call

 

 
Leonardo Foundation  

 

2024/25

The call will be available in September 2024.

2023/24

Swiss and foreign students enrolled at the Università della Svizzera italiana can apply for a scholarship granted by the Leonardo Foundation. Applications must be submitted through the appropriate online form by October 31st, 2023.

 

 

 
"Arnoldo Bettelini" scholarship  

 

2024/25

The descendants of Arnoldo Bettelini, a Swiss naturalist and philanthropist who promoted the foundation of a university in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, are offering a scholarship to cover the tuition fees of a Master’s programme at the Università della Svizzera italiana (both Lugano and Mendrisio campus), up to a maximum 4'000 CHF per academic year. The applications must be submitted by 6:00 pm on Friday August 30th, 2024.

 

 

 
Zonta Club Lugano Foundation  

 

2024/25

The Zonta Club Lugano Foundation awards several scholarships to students who reside in the Canton of Ticino - both Swiss and foreign with the 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 by October 31st, 2024.

 

 

 
Soroptimist Club di Lugano  

 

2024/25

The call will be available in January 2025.

2023/24

The Soroptimist Club di Lugano awards 6 scholarships worth CHF 1'500 each to female students enrolled in the first or second year of a Master's programme. Applications should be submitted through the appropriate form by April 30th, 2024. 

 

 

 
Ermes and Fiorella Borsari Foundation  

 

2024/25

The call will be available in September 2024.

2023/24

The Ermes and Fiorella Borsari Foundation offers scholarships for university studies in Economics and/or Fine arts (sculpture and painting), aimed at students born or residing in the Canton of Ticino who attend a Swiss university, a recognized or accredited Swiss university of applied sciences and arts or the Brera Academy in Milan. Deadline for submitting applications for subsidies: May 30th, 2024.

  • Call (in Italian only)

 

 

 
Swiss Study Foundation  
 

The Swiss Study Foundation offers a wide range of support for students with outstanding academic results (average: 5.3/6 or 8.8/10), who engage in activities in society and who speak at least two national languages. The Foundation is also able, depending on need and personal profile, to provide financial support to students, as well as doctoral students, already admitted to the Swiss Study Foundation. For more information, please visit their website: www.studyfoundation.ch/.

 

 

 
Fondazione Lang e per la Cultura Italiana del Cantone Ticino  

 

2024/25

The call will be available in August 2024.

2023/24

Fondazione Lang e per la Cultura Italiana del Cantone Ticino offers several scholarships to university students or graduates from Ticino who have the intention of continuing their studies in Switzerland or Italy. The duly completed and signed participation form, accompanied by all required documentation, must be sent by October 21st, 2023.

 

 

 

Fondazione Silvio e Marianne Tarchini

 

 

2024/25

The call will be available in September 2024.

 

2023/24

The Board of the Silvio and Marianne Tarchini Foundation has opened the competition for the assignment of scholarships aimed at deserving young Swiss people, primarily from Ticino, for studies in the Federal Universities and Polytechnics in Switzerland, for studies in the Professional University Schools (SUP) and for other higher professional training. Preference will be given to studies in economics or architecture or similar disciplines and priority will be given to students of the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture. The application must be submitted by October 27th, 2023 via the form accessible on the web page www.fondazione-tarchini.ch/.

 

 

2024/25

The Board of the Silvio and Marianne Tarchini Foundation has opened the competition for the assignment of scholarships aimed at students of Swiss nationality or who at the time of obtaining the high school diploma or the relevant qualification were resident in the German- or French-speaking part of Switzerland and are pursuing a Bachelor's degree in a university or university of applied sciences and arts in the German- or French-speaking Switzerland or abroad, who have achieved particularly outstanding results and who intend to enroll in a USI or SUPSI Master's course in the Economics, Architecture or Civil Engineering area. Deadline for submitting applications: June 30th, 2024.

  • Call (in Italian only)

 

 

 
Verzasca Foundation  

 

With the aim of promoting research on topics relating to the Verzasca Valley, the Verzasca Foundation is instituting an annual prize open to all recent graduates from Switzerland or resident in Switzerland, enrolled in a Swiss or foreign university. Master's or doctoral work will be awarded CHF 2000 and Bachelor's or diploma work will be awarded CHF 1'000. Papers in all fields of research, written in one of the 3 official languages (in special cases also in English), are eligible. The submission deadline is the July 31st of each year.

 

 

 
Support for students with financial difficulties - Solidarity Fund  

 

2024/25

The call will be available as soon as possible.

 

2023/24

The Università della Svizzera italiana undertakes to support, within the limits of its possibility, its students enrolled in the Academy of Architecture, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Communication, Faculty of Culture and Society, Faculty of Economics or Faculty of Informatics in situations of serious financial difficulty through the allocation of solidarity grants and loans.

 

Faculty of Theology  

 

For scholarships available for students enrolled in one of the Master’s programmes offered by the Faculty of Theology, please visit the web page of the desired programme, which can be accessed by clicking on the following link: www.usi.ch/en/education/master.

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 
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