Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Welcome to the FAQ section. These are the questions that visitors to the faculty’s website most often ask us. We hope you will find them useful in clearing up your own doubts.


Do you provide student accommodation?
We are not currently able to provide accommodation. USI is nevertheless willing to help students in finding a place to stay in a local youth hostel for their first few weeks in Lugano.
You will find further information at:
Any further questions or needs should be addressed to:


What are the university’s admission procedures?
All the relevant information can be found on the faculty’s website.

For the Bachelor’s programme:

For the Master’s programme:

When will I know if I have been accepted?
Once all of the required documents have been submitted, you will be informed of the outcome of your application as quickly as possible. The official communication will in any case arrive no later than the end of July.

Do you offer scholarships?
Information about scholarships can be found at:


I would like to know whether a degree from your university is legally recognized by the Italian state.
Students may apply for a declaration of the level and value of their degree qualification from the UniversitÓ della Svizzera italiana by writing to:
Ufficio Studi Universitari
Residenza governativa

tel. +41 91 814 34 39
fax +41 91 814 44 83

This document can then be officially approved by the Italian Consulate in Lugano (which means that they certify that it is an authentic document issued by the University) and it is then valid in Italy as a formal recognition of the qualification as a laurea specialistica (official equivalence or equipollenza).

Further details of the agreement between the Swiss Federal Council and the Government of the Republic of Italy on the mutual recognition of university qualifications may be found at:

At the end of a two-year Master’s programme, the UniversitÓ della Svizzera italiana confers a "Master of Science in Communication, Major in …" degree. This is a Swiss qualification in conformity with the Bologna Declaration, of which it corresponds to the "+2" part, which in Italy is called a "laurea magistrale". Even though no formal automatic equivalence agreement exists, therefore, the qualification can be understood internationally according to this standard, and is equivalent to a specialist degree (laurea specialistica).


The degree certificate is issued to students only once. Should this original be lost or stolen, students should apply to the Dean's office ( to ask for a duplicate, which costs 30 CHF.