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How to apply for a Master's programme

ONLINE APPLICATION

Academy of Architecture - CLOSING DATE: April 15 (February 15 for candidates who need a visa)
Additional information can be found on the main website: http://www.arc.usi.ch/en/l-accademia/immatricolazione/master

Faculties of Economics, Communication Sciences and Informatics - CLOSING DATE: June 30 (April 30 for candidates who need a visa).

Successful candidates receive a formal letter of acceptance from the University.
Late applications are considered if the programme applied for is not complete yet  and if numbers do not exceed the capacity of building and technical resources available.

 

PAPER APPLICATION

For the Faculties of Economics, Communication Sciences and Informatics only, prospect students are allowed to apply through a paper application form and attach the required documentation.
The application package, to be sent in paper form, will include:

  • The completed application form
  • Photocopy of past diplomas (Bachelor, licentiate, four-year degree, maturity);
  • Official transcript of results of university examinations;
  • Certified translation of any diplomas written in a language other than Italian, German, French, English, or Spanish;
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal letter of motivation drafted by the candidate;
  • Official certification of proficiency in English or Italian;
  • Photocopy of an identity card or other document;
  • Photocopy of residence permit for foreign nationals already domiciled in Switzerland.

Photocopy of past degree certificates
Where a candidate has not fulfilled all the requirements for the Bachelor’s degree, licentiate or other, a copy of the diploma may be sent at a later stage, but no later than the beginning of the matriculation period. If this is the case, please indicate the expected date of the award and enclose an official document issued by the awarding institution confirming these terms.

Letter of motivation
Candidates are required to draft a letter (not more than one page) introducing themselves and explaining their particular interest and reasons for seeking admission to a given Master’s degree.

External certification of English language skills
Candidates wishing to be admitted to a Master’s programme that is taught in English are expected to have a sound knowledge of this language (level C1, except for the Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication, which requires level B2). They will need to present an official certificate of proficiency.

Late applications
Late applications may be considered within the limits of available places.

Registration fee
The Lisbon convention regulates the recognition of university degrees between signatory countries and considerably simplifies the administration of admission procedures. For this reason, candidates whose previous degree studies were completed in countries outside this Convention (see list below) are invited to pay an application fee of SFr. 100 accounting for the higher administrative costs of processing more complex files. If the candidate is admitted, the fee will be deducted from the amount of the tuition fee for the first semester. The administrative fee is not refundable in other cases: if admission is not granted, if the candidate decides to withdraw or if he or she fails to matriculate.
This practice is not implemented at the Academy of Architecture.

Method of payment
The amount of the registration fee may be credited to the following account: (by Faculty)

Faculty of Communication Sciences:
Bank, PostFinance, 3030 Bern
CCP 65-236567-9
IBAN: CH60 0900 0000 6523 6567 9
SWIFT (BIC): POFICHBEXXX
Account holder: Università della Svizzera italiana, 6900 Lugano

Faculty of Economics:
Bank, PostFinance, 3030 Bern
CCP 65-181576-7
IBAN: CH88 0900 0000 6518 1576 7
SWIFT (BIC): POFICHBEXXX
Account holder: Università della Svizzera italiana, 6900 Lugano

Faculty of Informatics:
Bank, PostFinance, 3030 Bern
CCP 65-153098-6
IBAN: CH82 0900 0000 6515 3098 6
SWIFT (BIC): POFICHBEXXX
Account holder: Università della Svizzera italiana, 6900 Lugano

 

 

List of Countries that have signed the Lisbon Convention

Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Canada
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany

Greece
Holy See
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Kazakhstan
Kyrghyz Republic
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
Moldova
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands

Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom
United States