Placeholder image for University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) is one of the nine professional universities recognised by the Swiss Confederation.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)



Founded under federal law, SUPSI is an autonomous organisation which was established by Canton Ticino 11th March 1997, and which has integrated preexisting specialised schools along with public and private research institutes. The origins of the oldest of these date back to architecture courses started in 1852 under the initiative of Carlo Cattaneo.


SUPSI offers more than 30 Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree courses, characterised by cutting edge education which unites classical theoretical-scientific instruction with a professional orientation.

SUPSI provides cutting edge, practice-oriented education. It promotes general improvement in basic teaching quality and creates personalised, constantly evolving study programmes for the industrial sector and the service industry.


With 30 million francs in financing and with more than 100 full time researchers and scientific collaborators, research at SUPSI is proportionally more significant than at other SWISS University of Applied Sciences (UAS) institutions.

The main feature of this research is the application profile, aimed chiefly at meeting the needs of companies and institutions, with a number of internationally recognised areas producing work of a high scientific level. SUPSI participation in European research projects is particularly noteworthy.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards


Student services

  • Career area: Students have access to a career service in order to help them find employment.
  • Counselling Service: SUPSI provides students and staff with a counselling service where they can turn to in periods of personal, interpersonal, emotional and relational difficulties related to the university and/or the professional field.
  • Student life Service: The SL Service is based on the central role of the student and his needs and organizes and coordinates strategic activities and administrative services dedicated to the accompaniment, planning and development of training and professional career before, during and after university studies.

Library services

The library, open to all, offers its document resources and a range of services to SUPSI students and collaborators, and also to external parties.

Its seven centres are furnished with a rich supply of books, a vast periodical section, multimedia tools and numerous spaces for individual study.

ICT services

The Management IT service provides digital services and solutions to support the institutional strategy. It supports students, researchers, technical-administrative and academic staff and the wider SUPSI community with user-oriented services.

Medical services

SUPSInido is a service promoted by the University Directorship in order to allow a better reconciliation between family, professional and/or study commitments of SUPSI employees, collaborators, SUPSI students and external families.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

La mia università è molto organizzata, presentando cori di studio all'avanguardia

Some courses are interesting, but some are a bit old fashion
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Some courses are interesting. But some are a bit old fashion (the professors are old age, not allowed to use PC even for taking a memo). And the grading system is sometimes unfair. However, the facilities are clean, students are nice, and not so difficult to pass and graduate.

Doing Theology study online at own but disciplined pace
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The BA in Theology (Carmelite Studies) is accredited by Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth, Ireland. It's an online course of study administered by the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland.

Other programmes from this university


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!