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 brochure and the application forms can be downloaded from the web page (in Italian only).

A related web page provides information about private foundations active in Ticino:
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:


Solidarity Scholarships 2020

2021/22 2020/21
Waiting for a confirmation for the academic year 2021/22. With the aim of helping the students affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 emergency, USI has set up the Solidarity Scholarships Fund 2020. All applications must be submitted through the appropriate online form by July 31st, 2020. Priority will be given to applications received by July 15th, 2020. Documents that need to be uploaded during the application process: most recent transcript of records, student’s and parents’ income tax certificate for last year, motivation letter and, if that is the case, relevant certificate(s) proving that the family’s financial situation has changed significantly due to the pandemic.
Application form


Foundation for the Lugano Faculties of the Università della Svizzera italiana


• 60 one-off scholarships of CHF 4'000 each to the students admitted to the first year of a USI Master's programme
• 5 scholarships for students admitted to the first year of one of the Master's programmes offered by the Faculty of Informatics
• 5 scholarships for students admitted to the first year of the Master in Italian language, literature and culture
   Call (in Italian only)
• 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, 2021.

Call (in Italian only)

Application form for Swiss students (to be submitted in paper form to the Leonardo Foundation’s Secretariat)

Application form for foreign students (to be submitted electronically)


Sodeska Foundation

2021/22 2020/21
The call for applications for the academic year 2021/22 will be available in February 2022. The Sodeska Foundation offers 5 scholarships worth CHF 4'000 each to Swiss students to support them in their academic studies at USI. Applications are to be submitted via e-mail by February 28th, 2021 (information sheet, in Italian only).


Zonta Club Lugano Foundation

The Zonta Club Lugano Foundation awards several scholarships to Swiss students or foreign students living in Ticino with a 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, 2021 (competition announcement and application form).


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 medicine every year.




For further information, please contact: