Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) is one of the 12 certified public universities in Switzerland and member of swissuniversities. It is organised in five faculties and is active in several study and research areas, among which: architecture, communication sciences, computational science, data science, economics, health studies, humanities, informatics, law, medicine and biomedicine.

Top reasons to study here

  • USI is a young and lively university, a hub of opportunity open to the world where students are offered a quality interdisciplinary education.
  • The Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) is an independent institution regulated by the Swiss public law and it is separated from public administration.
  • USI is in constant evolution, always taking on new challenges while remaining true to its three guiding principles: quality, openness and responsibility.

PhD Programmes

Business & Management (2)
Social Sciences (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)



With the inauguration of USI, in 1996, the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland chose to play an active role towards the intellectual and socio-economic growth of the country, and not only – by leveraging at best its convenient cultural position between northern Europe and the Mediterranean.


International faculty, small size, dynamic attitude and informal atmosphere, good infrastructures, connections to the labour market, and a favourable context within the Swiss university system – these are all elements that are much appreciated by students and that make for a rewarding study experience at USI.

USI offers quality and interdisciplinary study curricula where theory and practice go hand in hand and where students play an important role: small-sized classes are the ideal venue for exercising in groups and for each individual student to express him/herself and thus develop their personalities and their uniqueness.


Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) engages in many national and international research programmes, in a network with partners in several countries.

Research at USI is marked by ambitious projects seeking new developments and new solutions through interdisciplinary perspectives in several areas, namely:

  • architecture
  • computational science
  • communication
  • data science
  • economics
  • health studies
  • humanities
  • informatics
  • law
  • medicine and biomedicine


The Career Service supports USI students and graduates entering the job market, in particular it:

  • Promotes internship opportunities, coordinating curricular and extracurricular internships.
  • Provides career-oriented services and preparation of the application dossier.
  • Organizes information sessions and meetings with a variety of companies and organizations.
  • It is available to USI graduates for a career counseling and continued support.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
301 -50
251 50
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
501 200
701 -200
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
240 33
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

The University Council – also known as the USI Council – is one of USI’s central bodies together with the Rectorate and the Academic Senate. According to the Law that regulates the Università della Svizzera italiana, the University Council represents USI’s highest authority and closely monitors its activities.

Housing services

The USIHOME student dorm is reserved mainly for exchange students and is located in Via Lambertenghi 1, 6900 Lugano - 5 minutes walking distance from USI.

The 3-storey building has 24 double and 12 single rooms for 60 beds; each floor is equipped with 2 kitchens and two laundry rooms. The double room is a room shared by two same-gender students.

Common areas can be shared by a maximum of 10 people.

The kitchens and the laundry rooms are fully equipped for the respective purposes. The laundry room has a washing machine and a dryer.

Library services

Founded in 1996, the University Library Lugano is the body responsible for organizing documents (books, periodicals, electronic media etc..) within the Lugano faculties of the Università della Svizzera italiana. The Library responds to aims of study, research and Information.

ICT services

The Lugano Campus offers members of the USI community:

  • various study areas equipped with PCs and printers;
  • Wi-Fi connection in all parts of the campus;
  • a copy-and-print facility ("Copy center");

Student Life

Campus life

The campus is home to the Lugano university library, as well as lecture rooms, event theaters (Auditorium, Aula magna) and offices for the academic staff of the Faculties of Biomedical Sciences, Communication Sciences, Economics and Informatics. It is surrounded by public gardens, a cafeteria and a number of study areas equipped with computers and Internet access.

Sports facilities

A Service for Sport and Leisure has been set up to promote joint sporting activities and to coordinate local members’ participation in national and international university sports events.

The Service organises regular sports activities, free or at convenient prices. As member of the Swiss Confederation of University Sports, it collaborates with the sports services of other universities and promotes national and international student sporting events.

Student clubs

Several student associations have been created within the University. The main objectives are to improve relations between students and the institution and to enrich the range of educational and recreational offer during school. The associations are concerned mainly with the collection of didactic material, organisation of parties and meetings, cultural and sporting events, and networking among University students and the business world.

The acknowledged student associations active at USI are listed below:

  • ACE Swiss
  • AIESEC Lugano
  • Associazione Studentesca Ratio 
  • Associazione Militare delle Università Ticinesi
  • ESN Lugano
  • Il Letterificio
  • Law and Politics in USI
  • Lugano Finance Club 

Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland


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