USI Università della Svizzera italiana

International, interdisciplinary, innovative

USI Università della Svizzera italiana is Switzerland’s most international university. It is distinctive in the Swiss university landscape because of the originality of its degree curricula and areas of research. Its relatively contained size and numbers assure direct interaction among the members of the academic community. The result is a collegiate, dynamic, and multicultural atmosphere, a powerful magnet for motivated students and talented researchers. 

USI was founded in 1996. As a public institution, it is part of the Swiss public university system which includes nine cantonal universities and two Federal Institutes of Technology. USI is comprised of four main faculties, Economics, Communication Sciences, and Informatics in Lugano, with the Academy of Architecture located in nearby Mendrisio. Its courses (in Italian and English) cover the whole gamut from Bachelor’s to PhD degree and Executive Master’s programs.

Today, USI comprises a student population of 3000, 60% of which is made up of international students from more than 100 different countries, over 800 academic staff, nine doctoral schools, seven Executive Masters, and 35 research institutes and laboratories.

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