USI. Create freely,
act responsibly


Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) is one of the 12 certified public universities in Switzerland and member of swissuniversities. It comprises of five faculties and is active in several study and research areas: architecture, communication sciences, computational science, data science, economics, health studies, humanities, informatics, law, medicine and biomedicine.

USI is a young and lively university, a hub of opportunity open to the world where students are offered a quality interdisciplinary education in which they can be fully engaged and take centre stage, and where our researchers can count on having the space to freely pursue their initiative.

Around 3000 students and about 800 professors and researchers, hailing from over 100 countries, convene every day on the three campuses in Lugano, Mendrisio and Bellinzona. The relatively small size of the campuses encourages the free flow and open exchange of ideas within the academic community. USI encourages faculty, students and researchers to develop their potential, and appreciates their curiosity and willingness to experiment with new ways of teaching, thinking, and working.

Established in 1996, USI is in constant evolution, always taking on new challenges while remaining true to its three guiding principles: quality, openness and responsibility.


USI at a glance  

    Academy of Architecture
    Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
    Faculty of Communication Sciences
    Faculty of Economics
    Faculty of Informatics

Students 2900
Graduates 7400
Academic staff 825
    of which, professors and lecturers 320
Countries represented 100
Bachelors 6
Masters 23
Executive programmes 9
Teacher / student ratio 1/9
Graduates with employment 1 year from graduation 90%
Institutes 21
Doctoral students 275
Active research projects 180
Competitive research per year (M of CHF) 15
Start-ups supported 60
Budget (M of CHF) 90
Impact on the region CHF 3,2
for each CHF invested by the Canton