USI Università della Svizzera italiana is a member of the Swiss university system and the only Italian-speaking university in Switzerland. It is a multi-lingual university with courses taught in Italian and English and it has a strong international orientation. USI comprises 5 Faculties: Architecture, Biomedical Sciences, Communication Sciences, Economics and Informatics.

Top reasons to study here

  • USI is Switzerland’s most international university.
  • It is distinctive in the Swiss university system because of the originality of its degree curricula and areas of research.
  • Its relatively contained size and numbers assure direct interaction between the members of the academic community.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (13)
Social Sciences (11)
Computer Science & IT (6)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (4)
Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Humanities (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



The Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) was founded in 1996, although the original concept dates back several decades. It was in fact at the beginning of the 19th century when the first proposal for an institution of higher education was mooted, addressing the aspirations of the Italian-speaking culture of Switzerland.


USI will continue to invest in the existing Faculties - Architecture, Economics, Communication, Medicine and Informatics


  • Institute for the History and Theory of Art and Architecture (ISA)
  • Institute for the Contemporary Urban Project (i.CUP)
  • Archive of the Modern
  • History of the Alps Study Centre (LabiSAlp)
  • Laboratorio Ticino (Lab.TI)
  • Observatory for territorial development (OST-TI)
  • Institute for Economic Research (IRE)
  • Institute of Economics (IdEP)
  • Institute of Management (IMA)
  • Institute of Finance (IFin)
  • Law Institute (IDUSI)
  • Advanced Management Centre (AMC)
  • Center for Economic and Political Research on Aging (CEPRA)
  • Centre for Organisational Research (CORe)
  • Economic Policy Observatory (O-Pol)
  • Humanitarian Operations Research Center (HORC)
  • Labor Market Observatory (O-Lav)
  • Monitoring Platform for Regional Economic Dynamics (PanelCODE)


The USI Career Service provides USI students and graduates with appropriate guidance for the transition to their future careers and promotes relationships and privileged contacts with major employers.


Student services

  • Administrative services
  • Media and Communication
  • Equal Opportunities Service
  • Study Advisory Service

Housing services

The Accommodation Service is a service of our University designed to help students and assistants in their search for a place to stay. The Service cannot guarantee full success at all times, but wants to provide free one-to-one advice and guidance through practical directions on opportunities and the appropriate channels.

Library services

The Library offers its services to those interested in literature from the fields corresponding to the Faculties of Communication, Economics, Informatics, and Theology. The library offers various multimedia tools and a comprehensive periodical collection. It also provides photocopying services and individual study spaces.

ICT services

The aim of eLab -eLearning Lab is to promote the development of eLearning applications at USI and SUPSI, and, less directly, in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland

Student Life

Campus life

USI Università della Svizzera italiana has 2 campuses: one in Lugano, for the Faculties of Economics, Communication Sciences, Medicine and Informatics, and the other in Mendrisio (15 km South, closer to the Italian border), for the Academy of Architecture.

In both cities the campus has developed around ancient neoclassic buildings, skilfully adapted to host lessons, laboratories and ateliers. New buildings and infrastructures have recently been added to provide students, faculty and researchers with more highly functional spaces and top quality equipment. The campus is continuously evolving to better address the needs of its growing community.

Sports facilities

This service raises awareness of the physical and social importance of sport in modern life. USI/SUPSI Sport activities enable all members of the USI and SUPSI community to take part in their favourite sports. Following are a few examples of activities offered:

  • individual activities at special rates (e.g.: entry tickets to swimming pools, reduced day tickets for ski slopes)
  • regular weekly activities during the academic year (soccer, basketball, volleyball, aerobics, jazz dance, capoeira, martial arts, etc.)
  • other events (winter ski weekends, adventure weekends, etc.)
  • university championships: Swiss, European, Universiades.

Student clubs

  • DebaTable - USI Debating Club (Facebook page; email)
  • ESN Lugano (Facebook page)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE Student Branch Lugano)
  • Iranian Students Association
  • Lugano Finance Club
  • L'Unione Studentesca Ticinese (L'USTi)
  • L'universo
  • Musily
  • Student Events Association
  • Student Point
  • UNIcinema
  • United students
  • USI Alumni Association
  • USI Amnesty International
  • USI Coro
  • USI Game and Entertainment Club (USI GEC)
  • USI MUN (Model United Nations)

Student Reviews

My experience at The Accademia di Architettura
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars
This university gave me chances and opportunity I never wish I had in my life.
Master in Economic Policy (MEP)
Pietro Cesaro rated 5 out of 5 stars
The Master in Economic Policy at USI has all the benefits a student might require for. Top professors, with who you can have a wonderful direct relationship. They allow you to reach an high level of knowledge in all the modern economic theories and I became confident with advanced econometrics models and the usage of several statistical softwares (I had a very low quantitative knowledge before ...
Good method, it helps to stay focused and study step by step...
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
Good method, it helps to stay focused and study step by step.