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Many Master's degree courses are taught entirely in English. Thus Candidates are expected to have a sound knowledge of this language and will need to present an official certificate of proficiency. Whilst it is an important requisite to be fluent in English, candidates do not need to know or learn Italian in order to successfully participate in the programmes.

The B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) corresponds to:

IELTS TOEFL Cambridge English TOEIC
  • Computer based: 183
  • Internet Based: 65
  • Paper based: 513
FCE (First Certificate English)
  • Listening & Reading: 785
  • Speaking: 150
  • Writing: 160

Per ulteriori dettagli sulle condizioni generali di ammissioni: www.master.usi.ch/admission


As Lugano is located in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, students might be interested in acquiring the basics in Italian, in order to be able to get around in everyday life.
The Università della Svizzera italiana offers an Italian language study programme organized in various modules. All its non Italian-speaking students, researchers and professors are invited to participate free of charge.

  1. Preparative intensive course for beginners
    In the three weeks preceding the beginning of the fall term, an intensive Italian class is organised.
  2. Courses offered during the semesters
    Several Italian classes with different levels of difficulties are organised during the academic year.

Read all details about the Italian classes offered at USI, here.