Italian Language Courses
Being USI the only University of Italian language and culture in the Swiss Academia, since 2006 it is particularly committed in the organization of Italian language courses, both intensive and semestral. The programme is designed for USI students and USI professionals at all levels who want to develop and improve their practical Italian skills. Each year about 600 USI students enroll in the Italian language courses.
The courses taking place prior to the beginning of the autumn/spring semester are particularly designed for exchange incoming students. Participating students attended morning classes focused on grammar and writing, whereas the afternoon classes focused on improving listening and speaking skills, expanding vocabulary and developing confidence.
A guided city tour, a guided visit of a museum and an Italian film viewing in the USI Auditorio are part of the course.
For more information about the content of the courses and to apply online please read the following link: http://www.italiancourse.usi.ch/.
Exchange students are invited to an orientation meeting set before the beginning of each term. The orientation day opens with a lunch offered at the USI canteen. In the second part of the day, several USI services are present to assist the students: study advisors of the different study programmes answer students’ questions regarding the courses. Moreover, the USI/SUPSI Sport Service, the SostA project regarding sustainability and mobility and the Tours “+italiano” that enable freshmen students to discover the city of Lugano are presented.
The welcome day for incoming students took place on Thursday 6 September 2018. The welcome day for incoming students during the Spring Semester took place on Thursday 14 February 2019.
At the beginning of each semester we organize a free of charge welcome day trip in order to offer new incoming students a taste of our region and to get to know each other.
First trip (Autumn Semester)
Sasso San Gottardo Museum and Caseificio del Gottardo (Gotthard cheese factory).
When: Saturday 6 October (from about 13.00 to about 21.00).
The Sasso San Gottardo museum - the secret Gotthard fortress - is located in the tunnels and caverns of the Gotthard massif: we will visit the underground defense systems which is nowadays a unique place for excursions into the heart of Switzerland and experience the underground cable car ride (Metro del Sasso). In addition to that, Sasso San Gottardo offers additional exhibitions (Crystal World: the largest crystals ever found, The Magical Chamber, Redoubt: the paintings you have to hear and a multimedia installation explaining the importance of Ticino during World War Two).
After the visit to the Sasso San Gottardo we enjoyed a cheese fondue – a traditional Swiss cheese specialty - at the Gotthard cheese factory (Caseificio del Gottardo) in Airolo.
A brief description of the excursion is available at: https://www.usi.ch/it/feeds/8565
Second trip (Autumn Semester)
Guided tour of the exhibition “Magritte. La Ligne de vie” at the LAC, Lugano arte e cultura and pizza.
When: Thursday 13 December (LAC Lugano, 17.45)
The exhibition “Magritte. La Ligne de vie”, included approximately ninety of the Belgian artist’s works, on loan from international museums and private collectors. The exhibition documented Magritte's evolution, starting with his youthful works.
A brief description of the excursion is available at: https://www.usi.ch/it/feeds/9533
First trip (Spring semester)
The carnival of Bellinzona, Rabadan
The very famous and second largest carnival of Switzerland lasts from February 28 to March 5 2019. On Saturday, March 2, exchange students will have the opportunity to experience the Rabadan Carnival in Bellinzona. The Rabadan Carnival was founded in 1862 and it is today at its 156th edition; it attracts more than 150'000 visitors over 6 days of celebrations. Particularly recommended is the big parade on Sunday, and the "Guggen" concerts (the typical carnival bands).
Its features also include celebration on the streets and in the tents, mask contests, tug of war competitions, street theatre and risotto, food and drink are served until the early hours of the morning.
Second trip (Spring semester)
Adventure Park at Monte Tamaro
On May 11, 2019, the International Relations and Study Abroad Service invites all exchange students to a day of leisure on Monte Tamaro, located about 20 minutes from Lugano in the Lugano Prealps.
The day includes a sport activity and a cultural visit.
The Adventure Park, a natural and environmentally friendly leisure activity, develops on trees, wooden platforms and ropes, stairs and bridges. The route is done in total safety with ropes, harnesses and carabiners, and allows participants to challenge themselves and test their physical and mental abilities, discovering perhaps hidden climbing skills.
After lunch, the afternoon continues with a guided tour of the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, a work of contemporary architecture designed by the local but worlwide famous architect Mario Botta. Located on the spur of Monte Tamaro, the church is a space for meditation that allows you to enjoy an extraordinary panoramic view of the Magadino plain.
Depending on the semester, the programme includes different kind of activities such as: tours of the university and the city, sporting events, parties, Santa Secret game,… Any suggestions are very welcome.
Be an ambassador
Once a year, we organize the International Fair, an event where most partner universities are represented to give USI students the opportunity to browse through promotional material and gather information in order to choose the mobility programme that suites them best.
We would be most grateful if you could represent your host universities and be available to USI students, hand out brochures and answer questions that may arise about the exchange programme as well as your host country/university.
This Autumn Term the Fair took place on November 15, from 12.00 until 14.00.