Spring semester in line with the autumn semester


Institutional Communication Service

7 December 2020

On-campus if and as much as possible, online when necessary: this, in short, is the teaching modality decided by the Università della Svizzera italiana for the next semester.

The next semester will also be a little out of the ordinary. To date, the federal authorities have not announced when the obligation to carry out university courses online will be lifted, and there are both positive and negative signs concerning the pandemic.  

USI, as you know, on the one hand, values in presence learning and university life, on the other hand, it has indeed been successful at organising online courses, taking advantage of opportunities and ensuring a flexible and continuous learning experience. According to the data collected by USI Quality Service, thanks to which students have the chance to evaluate the university experience, to date, about 80% of the students' population is satisfied or very satisfied with the outcome of the Fall Semester 2020.

In defining modalities, USI has been inspired and will continue to be inspired by the four principles that have guided the University in recent months: protecting the academic community; seeking solutions that give continuity to the institution, contributing to the stability of the social fabric; ensuring the educational offer even in such difficult and volatile times; complying with the decisions of the competent public authorities.

USI has therefore decided that:

  1. The spring semester will take place on-campus if and as much as possible, online when necessary.
  2. Mixed (blended) modalities will be adopted, similar to those of the current semester, which will allow switching without interruption from fully online to a partial presence, if allowed, and vice versa from a partial presence to fully online, if necessary.
  3. The Faculties will define the specific modalities, taking into account the experience of the current semester. Schedules and more details will be made available by mid-January 2021.
  4. Those who, for legitimate reasons, will not be able to participate in campus lectures or synchronous online activities, will still be able to complete the semester.