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Informatics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Lugano, Switzerland
The Informatics offered by Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI)  focuses on the fundamentals of the discipline: software design and architecture, modelling and analysis of complex systems, the theory of the latest technologies, and the development of system thinking.
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Informatics is everywhere. Universities must reflect on what role they can play in this new world, how best to respond to informatics and ever newer and broader applications; and they must review their teaching methods. The Informatics programme is offered by Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI).

As it is essential to practise programming, theoretical lectures are complemented by fairly complex projects. In their daily laboratory activities, students have a chance to apply concepts and principles acquired during regular lectures, testing their soundness and learning to design and programme from day one.

The Faculty is becoming an internationally recognised centre of research and teaching in advanced informatics; and it promotes synergies with the programmes of the Institutes of Technology in Zurich, Lausanne, and Milan, with which it already enjoys a fruitful partnership.

What after the Bachelor?

The Faculty of Informatics offers the opportunity to carry out a part of the programme of the Master in Informatics and the Master in Computational Science at a partner university, in order to obtain a double degree conferred by USI and the chosen partner university.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Calculus
  • Algorithms & Data Structures
  • Computer Architecture
  • Discrete Structures
  • Programming Fundamentals 
  • Linear Algebra
  • Software Atelier: Fundamentals of Informatics
  • Software Atelier: Human-Computer Interaction

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Applicants in possession of a foreign secondary education and/or of a foreign university diploma considered to be equivalent are admitted to the undergraduate programme. 
  • As a rule, reference is made to the guidelines of the University Admissions Commission of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (swissuniversities). 
  • Where equivalence cannot be unequivocally defined, candidates may be invited to attend an interview or to sit a test, and supplementary, pre-university courses may be prescribed.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7334 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3667 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    3666 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1833 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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  • National: CHF 2000
  • International: CHF 4000

Living costs for Lugano

  • 1516 - 2140 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • The Foundation for the Lugano Faculties of the Università della Svizzera italiana awards one-off scholarships of CHF 4'000 to first-year Bachelor students who obtained their high-school degree and had legal residence in the German- or French-speaking cantons of Switzerland at the moment of graduation. 
  • The aim is to increase the multilingual and multicultural diversity of our university. The study grant is awarded automatically once the matriculation procedure has been completed.

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