USI Università della Svizzera italiana

Swiss excellence with a mediterranean style

Swiss tertiary education has long been known for its outstandingly high standards. USI Università della Svizzera italiana, established in 1996 and part of the Swiss university system – along with nine other cantonal universities and two federal polytechnic schools – carries on the tradition of providing its students with the high-quality education expected of a Swiss university. 

With more than half of its students and professors coming from abroad, USI is Switzerland’s most international and multicultural university. Its Faculty of Communication Sciences offers specializations in corporate and institutional communication, mass communication and new media, communication technology and communication in education and training. In view of its geographical, political and cultural position, USI acts as a bridge between Northern and Southern Europe contributing to an ongoing dialogue and exchange between diverse scientific and cultural traditions.


Lugano is the cultural and economic heart of southern Switzerland, located in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. With a population of 65,000 (140,000 in the wider area), it has a thriving economy based on finance and tourism; it is Switzerland’s third largest banking center after Zurich and Geneva. Lugano’s scenery – like its history, art and culture – is full of contrasts. Nestled between mountains and water, it offers both the palm trees of a mild lake-side Mediterranean climate and the snow-capped peaks of the Alps within the radius of just a few kilometers. Lugano provides everything participants might require without the distractions of a big city, so it is the perfect place to concentrate on studying. For more information, visit

Accommodation in Lugano

With its soaring features, the design & lifestyle Hotel City, designed by renowned architects Giampiero and Guya Camponovo, slots perfectly into the urban scenery, just a short distance from the university campus. The lobby welcomes guests with its elegant reception desk and the lively colours of the inviting armchairs designed by Arne Jacobsen. The bar is situated on the way to the breakfast corner and the terrace. In this open space, visitors can freely choose between a coffee, a snack or, in good weather, a relaxing drink in the open air.