COVID-19, campus protection provisions and the autumn semester

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The COVID-19 situation remains uncertain and variable. USI is constantly following and complying with the recommendations and indications of the federal and cantonal authorities and the umbrella organisation of the Swiss universities, swissuniversities. From this page, you can access the latest information on the current campus regulations and the autumn semester.



The list of areas with high risk of infection has been updated

The Federal Office of Public Health has updated the list including new countries and areas. Starting from Monday, September 28, people arriving in Switzerland from - among others - United Kingdom, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Brittany (France) and Liguria (Italy) is required to go into quarantine. 

Please refer to the Protection provisions for more information on quarantine and the relevant procedures. 


New Study areas on Lugano campus

In addition to the study areas already communicated in the Protection provisions (Students section, art.10), USI has decided to make the following spaces available to students:

  • Main building: classrooms 150, 156, 157, 159 and 321
  • Red building: classrooms A33 and A34

The use of these classrooms is possible as long as there are no lectures in progress.


What should I do if I test positive for the new coronavirus?

Following the Protection Provisions (always updated at this link), USI has put in place a detailed procedure in case a member of the community (student or employee) tests positive for COVID-19. Everyone should get acquainted with such measures. 

More information




Special provisions are in force on the Lugano and Mendrisio campuses to contrast and continue to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The provisions regulate the use of the premises from ordinary activities to meetings to events.

Read the provisions




The autumn semester 2020 will take place as far as possible on the campuses. USI has adopted the principle of guaranteeing social distance in every classroom and reorganised the spaces and schedules. Courses will take place in mixed mode: in attendance and online.

Each course schedule shows when and where the front teachings on campus are held. Teachings shown on the schedule as online are the synchronous teachings (with the teacher live connected). All other teaching activities will be asynchronous. The material will be available on at the beginning of the weeks when lectures are not on campus. All courses will start and finish with campus presence.


Course schedules:

Bachelor's programmes   

Master's programmes



COVID-19 Protection provisions at a glance