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.

For further details, please contact the “Ufficio degli aiuti allo studio”:



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:



Foundation for the Lugano Faculties of the Università della Svizzera italiana  


For the academic year 2023/24, 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) 
  • 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



Leonardo Foundation  


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.



Zonta Club Lugano Foundation  


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 to the Fondazione Zonta Club Lugano by October 31st, 2023.



Zonta International  


Zonta International awards 37 “Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships” of US$ 5,000 each to women undertaking business studies who have demonstrated outstanding potential in the field. Female students living in the Canton of Ticino (both foreign and Swiss nationals) can submit their applications through the appropriate form to Ms. Keller-Richner Irène ([email protected]) by August 1st, 2023.


Soroptimist Club di Lugano  


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  


The Ermes and Fiorella Borsari Foundation offers two scholarships for university studies in Economics and/or Fine arts (sculpture and painting) worth 6'000 CHF each, 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, 2023.

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Private foundations for the Academy of Architecture  


For scholarships granted by private foundations to Swiss and foreign students enrolled in the Academy of Architecture please refer to:



IBSA Foundation for scientific research  


The IBSA Foundation for scientific research firmly believes that faith in the future can be obtained by building solid foundations through education and specialized research. Therefore, the IBSA Foundation for Scientific Research offers scholarships to USI students in their 1st or 2nd year of Master of medicine every year.



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:



Fondazione Lang e per la Cultura Italiana del Cantone Ticino  


University students or graduates coming from Ticino who intend to pursue their studies in Switzerland or Italy. The application form, duly completed and signed, together with all required documentation, must be sent by 21 October 2022 to:

Fondazione Lang e per la Cultura Italiana del Cantone Ticino, c/o UBS Switzerland AG, Via Pretorio 14, 6901 Lugano

More information available here:




Fondazione Silvio e Marianne Tarchini



The Board of the Silvio and Marianne Tarchini Foundation is opening the competition for the award of scholarships for the 2022/23 academic year. The scholarships are intended for deserving young Swiss people, primarily from Ticino, for university studies in Switzerland (including universities of applied sciences) or for other higher vocational training. Preference is given to studies in economics or architecture.

The application must be completed and submitted electronically by the deadline of Saturday 15 October 2022.

The necessary information and the application form can be found on the following website:



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 1000. 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 31 July of each year.


Support for students with financial difficulties - Solidarity Fund


The Università della Svizzera italiana undertakes to support, within the limits of its possibility, its students in situations of serious financial difficulty through the allocation of solidarity grants and loans.






For further information, please contact: