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Communication Sciences, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Lugano, Switzerland
The Communication Sciences from Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) curriculum is structured around four main areas of application – Corporate Communication, Media, Public Communication and Intercultural Communication and Economics – and is based on the integration of several disciplines: humanities, economics, technology, psychology and sociology.
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The evolution of digital technologies and social networks increases communication opportunities for relationships, collaborations, democratic participation and value creation. However, more opportunities mean also more risks, to extents unheard of until a decade ago, such as the filtering and manipulation of information, the escalation of conflicts, or the breach of privacy.

As such, studies in Communication Sciences at Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) are defined by three key concepts that have marked the Faculty since its inception:

  • The integration of a solid education in liberal arts in the organisational and corporate disciplines. Organisations today interact with a wide range of subjects and therefore need to preserve their trust and to engage in a comprehensive dialogue, taking into account not only self-interests but also values and the cultural diversity.
  • The central role of technology to understand and manage communication. Digital media and social networks play a key role in the dynamics that affect the reputation of enterprises and institutions, and they enable new forms of participation for various communities in the creation of value in terms of contents, products and services.
  • The understanding of foreign languages and cultures. Communication creates value especially around languages and cultures, with its ability to spread ideas, mediate conflicts and create opportunities for cooperation.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

After a common core students can personalize their study programme by choosing one of four areas of specialization:

  • Corporate Communication, 
  • Communication and Media, 
  • Public Communication,
  • Communication and Culture
  • Intercultural Communication and Economics.

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

    7570 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3785 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    3784 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1892 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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  • National: CHF 2,000 per semester
  • International: CHF 4,000 per semester

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  who at the moment of graduation had legal residence in the German- or French-speaking cantons of Switzerland.
  • The Foundation for the Lugano Faculties of the Università della Svizzera italiana organises a contest for 5 study grants for students admitted to the first year of the Bachelor of Science in Communication.

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