• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #301 (WUR) Lugano, Switzerland
To form a humanist and a generalist architect: this is the purpose of the Architecture from Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI), based on a balanced integration between practical design work, the humanities and technical-scientific subjects.
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The educational project covers a total of five years of teaching and one of practice in a professional office. 


The core of the Architecture from Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) of the training is embodied in design studios, taught by internationally acclaimed architects who give the students hands-on teaching, so that theoretical knowledge is continually being tested in real-life practice. 

Three courses of study are offered by the school: a three-year Bachelor degree, a two-year Master degree and a PhD program.

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:

  • Design Studio
  • Theory of Art and Architecture
  • Culture of the Territory
  • Philosophy
  • Construction and Technology
  • Structures

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Federal or cantonal matriculation recognized by the Swiss Federal Matriculation Committee.
  • Cantonal maturità commerciale (Scuola cantonale di commercio, Bellinzona).
  • Professional School-Leaving Certificate complete with attestation of supplementary examinations by the Federal Commission of Maturity.
  • Applicants with a foreign secondary school (pre-university) diploma (and/or a foreign university diploma considered equivalent to it) are also admitted. As a rule, reference is made to the guidelines of swissuniversities, the new Rector's Conference of Swiss Universities.

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.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • National: 2,000 CHF
  • International: 4,000 CHF

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.


  • Among its goals USI seeks to further encourage multiculturality among its student core, also as a stimulus for the Italian speaking students.
  • USI therefore assigns every year to all first year Bachelor students from the Swiss-german and Swiss-french Cantons a scholarship equivalent to the yearly tuiton fee of CHF 4'000

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