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Studying at USI Università della Svizzera italiana Practical information Studying at USI Università della Svizzera italiana Student guide Lugano Mendrisio Table of Contents 3 Table of Contents USI, a brief description USI Università della Svizzera italiana 4 Programmes offered at USI 5 USI in Numbers 6 The University Campuses The Lugano Campus 8 The Mendrisio Campus 12 Studying at USI Fees and Registration 15 Scholarships 16 Academic Calendar 19 Student Services International Relations and Study-abroad Office 20 USI Career Service 21 USI-SUPSI Sport Service 22 Accommodation Service 23 USI Student Associations 24 Alumni Relations Service 24 Venturelab.ch and Start-up Promotion s Centre 25 Living in Ticino Switzerland and its Italian-speaking Region 26 Visa and Residence Permit 28 Insurances 30 Other useful Information 32 Emergency Phone Numbers 33 USI Links 34 Useful contacts Lugano useful contacts 36 Map of Lugano 37 Map of the Lugano public transportation 38 Mendrisio useful contacts 40 Map of Mendrisio 41 Useful Links 42 USI, a brief description 4 USI Università della Svizzera italiana USI University of Lugano USI, also known as the University of Lugano, is a member of the Swiss university system together with nine other cantonal universities and two Federal Istitutes of Technology. It was founded in 1996 and is constantly growing both in size and in the courses offered in its four Faculties: Architecture, Economics, Communication Sciences and Informatics. The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB, Bellinzona) has been affiliated to USI since Its small size, close relationships between students and teachers, the integration of different disciplines, the generous space and the top-quality technical infrastructure allow USI to offer ideal conditions for study and research. International USI is a multilingual university with an international atmosphere. Lectures are given in Italian and English, but on the two USI campuses many other languages are spoken. With foreign students making up 60% of the student body, USI s international environment comes to life with the beginning of each class. USI opens opportunities beyond the national borders having its Bachelor in Informatics and 12 Master programmes taught in English. Innovative Thanks to the combination of continuous research and advanced teaching methods, courses are constantly reviewed and improved upon to keep up with the times. Teachers from different geographical locations and backgrounds enrich USI classes with their innovative perspectives. Moreover, from the start of the Bachelor degree, students are prepared through solid theoretical teaching that is integrated into the practical lessons. Interdisciplinary The interdisciplinary approach allows students to broaden their horizons by taking courses offered in other USI departments and at partner universities, thus customizing their own education. USI also maintains close relationships with the working world. Internships in companies and institutions in Switzerland as well as abroad are an integral part of the curriculum. Even in class, practical experience plays an important role. Case studies, field projects and interaction between students and professionals enable our students to put their theoretical knowledge into practice. USI, a brief description 5 Programmes offered at USI USI s Bachelor Degrees USI offers five Bachelor programmes: in Mendrisio Architecture (in Italian) and in Lugano Economics (in Italian), Communication Sciences (in Italian), Italian language, literature and culture (in Italian) and Informatics (in English). The Bachelor degrees are all full time and take 6 semesters to complete (corresponding to 180 ECTS credits). The Bachelor degree offers a basic and solid knowledge in each field of study through theory and practical exercise (case studies, laboratories, ateliers). USI s Bachelor degrees give students the possibility of entering the job market or continue their studies with a Master degree. USI s Master Degrees USI offers 17 Master programmes in Architecture, Economics, Communication Sciences and Informatics, of which 12 are held in English. Masters at USI are full time and usually take 3-4 semesters to complete (that correspond to ETCS credits). The Master degrees provide high specialisation in both professional training and academic research. Italian Courses Intensive Italian courses are offered for free at the University in the weeks preceding the start of the academic year (www.italiancourse.usi.ch), and throughout the year. Italian courses are also provided by a number of language schools in Lugano, in particular the Istituto di lingua e cultura italiana, ILI (www.scuolaili.ch). Other language schools can be found through the website www4.ti.ch/decs/dfp/cpa/corsi-per-adulti (in Italian). Other Language Courses offered at USI Individual Faculties organise specific language courses for their Bachelor programmes. USI, a brief description 6 USI in Numbers 4 Faculties 2 Campuses 30 Research institutes 5 Bachelor Degrees 17 Master Degrees 9 Doctoral Programmes 8 Executive Master 3015 Students from over 80 different countries of which: 2529 Bachelor and Master students 293 Doctoral students 193 Executive Master students 981 Staff members of which: 99 Professors 239 Adjunct professors 503 Assistants 140 Staff USI, Lugano: Faculty of Economics Faculty of Communication Sciences Faculty of Informatics USI, Mendrisio: Academy of Architecture Bern Geneva Zurich Lugano Mendrsio Campus Lugano The University campuses 8 The Lugano Campus Located on the outskirts of the city center, the campus is founded on the site of the former city hospital. Entirely restructured, today the main building accommodates the administrative and academic offices of the Faculties of Economics and Communication Sciences, some classrooms, computer rooms, a cafeteria, and the Auditorium. The grounds surrounding the main building include a number of functional and modern units, fully furnished with the latest technical equipment and infrastructure: the Library, the Aula magna, the Red Building with classrooms, the building of the Faculty of Informatics and the Technological Laboratory (LAB). Via Madonnetta Library Informatics Building Cafeteria LAB Glass Building Red Building Viale Cassarate Start-up Centre/ Maderno Building Corso Elvezia Aula magna Main Building Via Giuseppe Buffi Blue Building Lambertenghi Building Lugano University Library The library provides its services to all visitors interested in the subjects studied at the university. Most library collections are available on the shelf, including a wide range of periodical publications. Equally wide is the electronic document collection. Among the range of services provided by the library are the Interlibrary Loan and the Reference Office staff that offers advice and assistance. Individual study areas and computers are also available. The fourth floor provides individual study space for master students. The library is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 10pm, and Saturdays from 9am to 12.15pm. The opening hours are reduced in the summer. All information about the library may be found on the website en.bul.sbu.usi.ch. The University campuses 9 Access, Study Areas, Computers, Wi-Fi and Photocopies With an electronic ID card, USI students have access (24 hours/7 days a week) to the main building. Several computers with printers, study areas and open spaces are made available to students. A security guard patrols the campus buildings after office hours. Throughout the Lugano campus it is possible to connect to the internet via the wireless network. Students may use the photocopying machines located on the first floor of the Lugano campus library: to access them, a magnetic card is necessary, on sale from the main counter (CHF 20 for 150 copies; CHF 40 for 320 copies). Cafeteria The cafeteria is situated in the main building and is open Monday to Friday from 7.45 till 5.30pm. It offers 3 choices of meals*: Menu of the day at CHF (student price) Pasta dish at 7.50 CHF (student price) Vegetarian dish at CHF (student price) *All menu prices are subject to change. For the reduced student price, please show the student ID card. The cafeteria is closed during the Christmas holidays and the first two weeks in August. The weekly menu can be found on the website There are also many restaurants, bars and take-aways in the proximity of the university. La mensa dell USI The University campuses 10 How to get to Campus By Car A2 Motorway: exit Lugano Nord, follow the direction Lugano-Gandria to the Vedeggio Cassarate Tunnel. Exit the tunnel and keep going straight till you reach a crossroad (the stadium is in front of you), turn left at the crossroad onto via alla Bozzoreda. Keep the right lane and turn right at the traffic light onto via Ciani. Keep going straight following the river Cassarate. The underground University parking lot is passed the second traffic light after the Glass Building (The Lab) on your right. If you need to reach the University entrance instead, keep going straight passed the parking lot entrance and turn second right onto via Fusoni. Turn second right onto Via Lambertenghi and keep going straight till the end of the road until you see the University main building in front of you. By Train - bus The campus can be reached by bus from Lugano s main train station (http://www.ffs. ch/) -By bus from the train station: go to the bus stop across the street from the train station and take the bus 6 direction Cornaredo and get off at Università (3 stops). -By bus from downtown Lugano: take the funicular from inside the station to the centre of the city or walk downtown taking the pedestrian bridge across the street from the station and following the road downhill. From Piazza Cioccaro (funicular station) head south until you reach Piazza Dante. Walk across the piazza and turn left onto Via Pretorio to reach the bus terminal. Take the Bus 5 direction Viganello and get off at Università (3 stops). By Plane The Lugano airport is located in Agno, about 6 km from the city centre. It offers direct flights and connections to major Swiss cities and some European cities (www.luganoairport.ch/en/passengers/check-in). Within a km radius you will find three Italian airports: Milan- Malpensa, Milan-Linate, and Bergamo. These can be reached by shuttle bus services or by train (www.malpensaexpress.ch and The closest Swiss airport for international flights is Zurich-Kloten, approximately three hours by train from Lugano (www.zurich-airport.com). Campus Mendrisio The University campuses 12 The Mendrisio Campus The campus was developed around two historical buildings. Villa Argentina, a neoclassical villa surrounded by a beautiful park, were the offices of the director and administration are located, and Palazzo Turconi, the former hospital now entirely renovated, for the design ateliers and a number of classrooms. Next to Palazzo Turconi is the Academy Library. Built fairly recently, Palazzo Canavée houses more classrooms, some ateliers, the office of the academic staff, and the exhibition gallery. Via G. Motta Via Bolzani Biblioteca Palazzo Turconi Parco Villa Argentina Istituto di ricerca Galleria Palazzo Canevée P H Ospedale P Academy University Library Access to the library and its services are free. A photocopy machine and a few computers with internet access are available in the reading room. The research material, including a wide selection of periodicals, are displayed on open-shelves and are available for consultation and to take home. Among the range of services provided by the library, students can benefit from the Interlibrary Loan were books and newspaper articles not available can be borrowed from other Swiss and foreign libraries. The library is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 8pm. and Saturday from 10am to 5pm. During the two weeks immediately preceding the examination session, the library extends its opening hours Saturday from 9am to 8pm and opens Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. For more details, please visit the website: Laboratory for Replicas and Models The Academy also has two laboratories (one in Palazzo Turconi, the other in the new Canavée building) where students can learn to operate the various technical ways for creating replicas or models of their design projects. In order to use these machines, students are requested to take a 2 hour introductory course. The University campuses 13 Photography Laboratory Another resource on the Mendrisio campus is the photography lab, which includes: the studio, where students can photograph architectural models, and a dark room where black and white pictures can be developed and printed. Access, study Areas, Computers, Wi-Fi and Photocopies Computer rooms may be accessed any time by using the ID electronic card. There are approximately 80 computers available for Internet and to consult on-line catalogues, for technical drawing, processing images and creating 3D models. Throughout the Mendrisio campus it is possible to connect to the internet via the wireless network. Students may use the photocopying machines located on the third floor of the Canavée building and in the campus library: to access them, a magnetic card is necessary, on sale from the main counter (CHF 20 for 150 copies; CHF 40 for 320 copies). In addition to the traditional black-and white and/or colour printers, the Academy has four plotters to print out architectural plans and drawings. Snack Bar Accademia There is a cafeteria-snackbar on the Mendrisio campus. Students also have a special reduced price at the Obivella restaurant of the Beata Vergine hospital (next to the library) and a few other restaurants in the proximity of the campus. For the special rate, students need to show their student ID card. Campus Mendrisio The University campuses 14 How to get to the Campus By Car Exit the A2 motorway at Mendrisio, and follow the signposts Accademia. There are only a few parking spaces available in the vicinity of the campus. It is therefore advisable to use the multi-storey car park or the free parking spaces near the Exhibition Centre, Mercato Coperto. By Train The main train station of Mendrisio (www.sbb.ch/en) is only a few minutes walk from the Academy. A detailed map of Mendrisio is available on page 41. By Plane The Lugano airport is located in Agno, about 23 km from Mendrisio. It offers direct flights and connections to major Swiss cities and some European cities (http://www. luganoairport.ch/en/passengers/check-in). Within a km radius you will find three Italian airports: Milan- Malpensa, Milan-Linate, and Bergamo. These can be reached by shuttle bus services or by train (www.malpensaexpress.ch and The closest Swiss airport for international flights is Zurich-Kloten, approximately four hours by train from Mendrisio (www.zurich-airport.com). palazzo Canavée Studying at USI 15 Studying at USI Università della Svizzera italiana Fees Tuition Fee - Bachelor and Master Tuition fee is of CHF 4,000 per semester. For students with legal residence in Switzerland (including Campione d Italia and Liechtenstein) at the time of obtaining the certificate of secondary school education (Maturità) the tuition fee is of CHF 2,000. The tuition fee is paid at the beginning of each term, by the deadline indicated on the invoice and is an essential condition for registering or renewing enrolment. Registration To complete the admission procedure the student must register by following the steps described in the admission letter. Enrolment must be renewed at the beginning of each semester. This is a condition for attending classes and taking examinations. To renew the enrolment the student needs to pay the semester fees and update the student ID card. Bachelor Students will report in person to the Dean s Office, with the necessary documents: original of the Maturità diploma or equivalent receipt of payment of the tuition fees if transferring from another Swiss university, the ex-matriculation certificate (unless it was sent earlier, with the application file) Master Students will report in person to the Dean s Office, with the necessary documents: original Bachelor degree certificate or equivalent diploma receipt of payment of the tuition fees certificate of ex-matriculation (for candidates who left their previous education from a Swiss university) Studying at USI 16 Scholarships Bachelor For an up to date and complete list of available scholarships, please refer to the website: 1.1 Students with Residence in Ticino Students having had resident status in Ticino for at least two years (for foreign students the required period of residence is five years) may seek financial assistance from either the Government or private foundations. Please contact the following office: Ufficio borse di studio e sussidi Residenza governativa 6501 Bellinzona Tel Students with Residence in other Swiss Cantons Students whose regular residence is in one of the other Swiss cantons must in the first instance apply to the relevant office in that canton Bursaries for Swiss and Foreign Students Swiss and foreign students registered at the Università della Svizzera italiana may submit an application for a bursary from the Leonardo Foundation. The application can be submitted, starting on September, with the appropriate form available on the website: www4.ti.ch/decs/sa/ubss/cosa-facciamo/fondazioni/ 1.4. Private Foundations Further information on financial aid provided by private foundations can be found on the following website: www4.ti.ch/decs/sa/ubss/cosa-facciamo/fondazioni-private/ 2. Academy of Architecture 2.1. For study grants awarded by the Università della Svizzera italiana, please visit the following link: For other scholarships offered by private foundations, please visit the following link: 3. Bachelor in Economics, Communication Sciences and Informatics, Institute for Italian Studies Università della Svizzera italiana organises a contest for study grants aimed to Swiss and foreign students registering in the first year of a Bachelor degree. The merit based study grant covers the tuition fees for the first year and is renewable for two years. Studying at USI 17 Call and application form are available at the following link: Further information: Faculties of Economics, Communication Sciences and Informatics: Academy of Architecture: Scholarships Master For an up to date and complete list of available scholarships please refer to the website 1.1 Students with residence in Ticino Students having had resident status in Ticino for at least two years (for foreign students the required period of residence is five years) may seek financial assistance from either the Government or private foundations. Please contact the following office: Ufficio borse di studio e sussidi www4.ti.ch/decs/sa/ubss/ufficio/ Residenza governativa 6501 Bellinzona Tel Students with residence in other Swiss Cantons Students whose regular residence is in one of the other Swiss cantons in the first instance must apply to the relevant office in that canton Bursary for Swiss and Foreign Students Swiss and foreign students registered at the Università della Svizzera italiana may submit an application for a bursary from the Leonardo Foundation. The application can be submitted, starting on September, with the appropriate form available on the website: www4.ti.ch/decs/sa/ubss/cosa-facciamo/fondazioni/ 1.4. Private Foundations Further information on financial aid provided by private foundations can be found on the following website (in Italian): www4.ti.ch/decs/sa/ubss/cosa-facciamo/fondazioniprivate/ 2. Academy of Architecture For all study grants awarded by the Università della Svizzera italiana or by private foundations, please visit the following link: Studying at USI Masters in Economics, Communication Sciences and Informatics The Foundation for the Lugano Faculties of USI will award 60 one-
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