Università della Svizzera italiana
Founded in 1996, USI Università della Svizzera italiana, is a member of the Swiss university system together with nine other cantonal universities and two Federal Institutes of Technology, Zurich and Lausanne. It is the only Italian-speaking university in Switzerland and outside the Italian borders. USI comprises four Faculties: Architecture on the Mendrisio campus; Communication Sciences, Economics, and Informatics on the Lugano campus. The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB, Bellinzona) has been affiliated to USI since 2010. The study curricula of all four Faculties comply with the European university system: three years of study for the Bachelor’s degree, followed by two years for the Master’s degree. With its geographical, political and cultural background USI has grown into a multilingual academic institution with great international breadth. More than half of its students and professors come from abroad; most Master’s programmes are taught in English, all of which contribute to creating a cosmopolitan and multicultural environment. USI is active in many innovative fields of research and participates in numerous national and international research networks. Fostering exchange and contact with the professions and its alumni, USI provides its graduates with career guidance, ensuring a smooth transition to the workplace. USI’s small size, its positive teacher- to-students ratio, the integration of different disciplines and top-quality technical and IT infrastructure make up the ideal conditions for study and research.