The Università della Svizzera italiana, USI, is a member of the Swiss university system and is located in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. It comprises four Faculties: Architecture on the Mendrisio campus; Communication Sciences, Economics, and Informatics on the Lugano campus. The study curricula of all four Faculties comply with the European university system: three years of study for the Bachelors degree, followed by two years for the Masters degree and three more years for the PhD. 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 Masters 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. USIs 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.
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