USI is a young and agile university that offers to its students a quality education and an enhancing study experience. International faculty teach students with an interdisciplinary, engaging and interactive approach, leaving room to practical application.

The quality of the study curricula is complemented by USI small size, by its cosmopolitan environment and its informal and dynamic culture.

These elements make USI a hub of opportunity open to the world, where students can engage in direct dialogue with their professors and define their educational path, discover unexpected horizons, and embrace international careers.

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Why USI

Seven reasons for choosing USI:

  1. Quality of the Swiss university system
  2. International faculty
  3. Leading interdisciplinary education
  4. Teacher/student ratio 1 to 8
  5. Strong ties with the business world
  6. Flexible structure, open to the exchange of ideas
  7. International, dynamic and welcoming environment

Mission

Based on the Law that regulates the Università della Svizzera italiana, USI mission consists of:

  • providing quality education;
  • conducting internationally relevant scientific research;
  • contributing to the development of the region by enabling the transfer of knowledge, innovation, entrepreneurship and cultural and scientific debate in their areas of competence.

In pursuit of its mission, USI draws inspiration from three main values: quality, openness, and responsibility.

Dies Academicus

The Dies academicus is the annual celebration of the University, a significant moment to share and learn about USI and its developments.

The Dies includes an official address by the Rector and speeches by guest speakers, both from within and beyond USI. It is also an opportunity to welcome at USI the Rectors from other universities, to award the Honorary Doctorate, to appoint Honorary Members of the University, and to assign the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching, which rewards the best teacher of one of the USI Faculties (in turns).

Next Dies academicus (24th): May 9, 2020.

Partnerships

USI works with a number of international, national and regional entities in its education, research and knowledge dissemination activities.

Research projects, study programs, doctoral programs, and mobility programs, in cooperation with universities and research centers in Switzerland and elsewhere, are coupled with applied studies, field projects carried out by students, other educational initiatives (such as internships) and events with institutions and businesses in Switzerland and abroad.

In the academic environment, the USI network is based on:

  • a series of framework agreements (particularly on education and mobility);
  • coordination of, or participation in, research platforms, such as PASC, the National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR) and the Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research;
  • and above all the scientific networks of individual researchers, who communicate and work together with colleagues from all over the world on projects and publications, and as part of associations and scientific symposia.
Programmes taught in:
  • English
  • Italian

This school also offers:

Executive courses

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Be part of the first international Master of Science in Digital Fashion Communication that is being developed as a Double Degree by USI – ­Università della Svizzera itali ... [+]

Fashion is becoming increasingly digital.

The fashion industry needs communication managers that

master digital trends. are aware of the long-term socio-cultural processes that shape fashion. understand how fashion's ethical dimension and major sustainability challenges impact society.

Would you like to acquire

communication skills as applied specifically to the fashion industry? the cutting edge tools to interact in a digital business environment? the cultural sensitivity to communicate in a globalized market?

Be part of the first international Master of Science in Digital Fashion Communication offered as a Double Degree by ­Università della Svizzera italiana and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris, France).... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English
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4 semesters
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The Master in Economics and International Policies (MEPIN) is offered by the Faculty of Economics of the USI Università della Svizzera italiana, based in Lugano, in colla ... [+]

The Master in Economics and International Policies (MEPIN) is offered by the Faculty of Economics of the USI Università della Svizzera italiana, based in Lugano, in collaboration with the “Alta scuola di economica e relazioni internazionali” (ASERI) of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, based in Milan. The full-time study program includes 120 ECTS for a usual duration of 4 semesters and gives the possibility of obtaining a double degree ('double degree'), ie:

and a Swiss Master's degree issued by USI (Master's Degree under Swiss law); is a title of 1st level University Master's Degree issued by ASERI Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore based on Italian legislation. ... [-]
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September 2020
English
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4 semesters
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The Master in Philosophy at USI aims to allow students to deepen their understanding of philosophical problems, to develop the ability to think, argue, write and speak cl ... [+]

The Master in Philosophy at USI:

Stands out for the international stature of its professors. Is research-oriented, aimed at preparing to the most demanding Ph.D. programs around the world. Has a clear focus in Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Ancient Philosophy and Medieval Philosophy. Requires students to submit regular written work, to produce research papers and to develop their presentation and discussion skills.

The MAP is a two-year graduate degree (120 ECTS; usual duration: 2 years).

The language of the program is English.

Structure and contents

The Master in Philosophy at USI aims to provide an absorbing grounding in a number of interrelated fields, combining contemporary research in Philosophy with Ancient and Medieval thought. Some courses are particularly concerned with the topic of time and existence, aiming at providing a full grasp of two central linked philosophical topics, which are both hot in the contemporary discussion and much debated by the ancient and medieval thinkers.... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English
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4 semesters
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The Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM) is a part-time executive program designed for humanitarian professionals who want to buil ... [+]

The way forward for your humanitarian career!

The Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management (MASHLM) is a part-time executive program designed for humanitarian professionals who want to build capacity and enhance their careers.

MASHLM provides education in the key areas of supply chain management, process and project management, strategic management, and humanitarian action. Participants attend 6 blocks in Lugano, Switzerland.

The Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Logistics and Management is your complete Swiss MAS program.

MASHLM is a part-time executive master program for humanitarian professionals covering the supply chain and logistics management, humanitarian action, strategic management, process and project management, and research methods.... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
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English
Part time
1 year
Online & Campus Combined
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The most comprehensive program in intercultural communication for professionals working with diversity. Distributed across 18 modules in 3 countries, the MAS comprises 8 ... [+]

Enrich your professional profile with high-level Intercultural Communication!

The most comprehensive program in intercultural communication for professionals working with diversity.

Distributed across 18 modules in 3 countries, the MAS comprises 8 weeks of study and 1 online module, plus a Thesis/Field Project.

Why MIC?

Intercultural Communication is imperative for goals of inclusion and enrichment for everyone.

We design our degrees to...

Achievea better understanding of your culture and the culture of others. Developskills to understand and analyze multicultural situations and processes. Engagein rich interactions with other participants and professors from all over the world. Enhanceyour global competencies in sessions held in Switzerland, Lebanon, and India. Immediate impacton your business or on your organization. Learnthe necessary skills to create solutions and turn problems into opportunities. Maximizeyour potential. Our Mission To advance intercultural communication in civil society, in public institutions, and to the business world. To increase people's awareness of their own culture and the culture of others. To empower the acquisition of the necessary competence and skills for preventing, mediating and resolving conflicts issuing from multicultural situations. ... [-]
Switzerland Lugano
November 2019
English
Part time
8 weeks
Online & Campus Combined
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USI Università della Svizzera italiana

MSDE is a unique opportunity for students to become highly qualified, software and data engineers able to effectively deal with the increasing complexity of modern softwa ... [+]

Software plays a pivotal role in almost all aspects of our life, including transportation, communication, economy, and healthcare.

We put trust in software to accomplish complex and vital tasks for us, such as managing our finances, sharing our family and friends’ memories, diagnosing diseases, flying airplanes or driving cars. The complexity of these tasks, while becoming transparent to us, does not go away: It is distilled into the software our civilization depends on. Indeed, we are already in the era of ultra-large-scale software systems, composed by millions of code components interacting among them. In such a scenario, the software cannot be understood without its data and data becomes valuable only thanks to the software analyzing it. In other words, software engineering aims at managing the complexity of software, keeping it under control. Data engineering focuses instead on how to collect, store, and process huge amounts of data, that can be analyzed to gather insights and support decision-making activities. The master features courses taught by world’s leading researchers of the Software Institute at the USI Faculty of Informatics.... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English
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4 semesters
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MA

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The Master in International Tourism seeks to respond to this challenge and offers a program that goes beyond the limited focus of professional masters courses, proposing ... [+]

The International Tourism industry needs skilled and creative managers who:

understand how to tackle sustainability challenges of tourism impacts on societies, master various ways of critical thinking needed for solving complex problems, change quickly between perspectives of tourists, residents, and service providers,

to create a sustainable future of travel and tourism.

Would you like to master:

communication and business skills specifically applied to the international tourism industry? cutting-edge tools to successfully interact in an ever more digital tourism environment? the intercultural sensitivity needed for a high-level career in the globalized tourism market? ... [-]
Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English
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4 semesters
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The Master in Italian literature and Italian civilization is offered by the Institute of Italian Studies (ISI) of the University of Italian Switzerland, USI, based in Lug ... [+]

The Master is divided into three main thematic areas: Italian Language / Italian Literature and Comparative Arts, History and Civilization, on a "holistic" training path that promotes the encounter of knowledge generally taught in different fields, separated by disciplinary boundaries. Italian literature, the central theme is so proposed in constant comparison with the civilization context within which it is produced and studied.

The faculty includes internationally renowned specialists and affirmed prestige in research. Learning is favored by the Italian-speaking, open to multilingualism, and the ideal study conditions at the University of Italian Switzerland. The course identifies several professional outlets , in addition to the opportunity to continue with a doctorate in research: the teaching of Italian, its language and civilization, in the schools of Switzerland, and not only; Bibliographic and archivist training for Libraries and Archives; Knowledge of the ways and forms of preservation of artistic artifacts and heritage for the management of museums and the legacy of "collective memory".... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
Italian
Full time
4 semesters
Campus
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The Master in Public Management and Policy is offered by the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana, USI ... [+]

The Master in Public Management and Policy is offered by the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana, USI, situated in Lugano and is promoted by the Swiss Public Administration Network (SPAN). This full-time study program comprises 120 ECTS, for a usual duration of 2 years.

The public sector has radically changed in recent years and creates interesting and exciting professional opportunities that require new appropriately qualified professionals. The variety of abilities, skills, and knowledge required by anyone wishing to occupy a position of responsibility and promote change in the public and in the private nonprofit sector are exactly what the Master in Public Management and Policy offers.... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English,Italian
Full time
4 semesters
Campus
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MSc

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The Master of Science in Architecture offers the opportunity to acquire the most advanced theoretical knowledge and operative skills for the practice of contemporary arch ... [+]

The Master of Science in Architecture offers the opportunity to acquire the most advanced theoretical knowledge and operative skills for the practice of contemporary architectural design. Architectural design is taught through its disciplinary foundations and is closely related with technological innovation, environmental issues, models of territorial management and the themes of restoration and reestablishment of the historical, architectural and environmental heritage.

Structure and contents

The study program consists of a series of theoretical lectures and design studios dedicated to arguments and methods of architectural design in its different forms (housing, services industry, culture, etc.) and scales (from interior design to the architectural structure all the way up to the urban and territorial plan).... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
Italian,English
Full time
4 semesters
Campus
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USI Università della Svizzera italiana

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most popular areas in computer science and engineering. AI deals with intelligent behavior, learning, and adaptation in machine ... [+]

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the most popular areas in computer science and engineering. AI deals with intelligent behavior, learning, and adaptation in machines, robots, and body-less computer programs. AI is everywhere: search engines use it to improve answers to queries, to recognize speech, to translate languages, email programs use it to filter spam, banks use it to predict exchange rates and stock markets, doctors use it to recognize tumors, robots use it to localize themselves and obstacles, autonomous cars use it to drive, video games use it to enhance the player's experience, adaptive telescopes use it to improve image quality, smartphones use it to recognize objects/faces/gestures/voices/ music, etc.... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English
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4 semesters
Campus
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The Master of Science degree in Computational Science (MCS) at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) offers students the opportunity to acquire an in-depth underst ... [+]

The Master of Science degree in Computational Science (MCS) at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) offers students the opportunity to acquire an in-depth understanding and set of skills in computational science, numerical simulation, applied mathematics, statistics, and data science. It provides an innovative combination of methodological and applied competencies in both computational and data science, which endow students with the knowledge and skills that are needed to operate at the forefront of science and industry.

Computational Science is not to be confused with Computer Science, which deals with the science and engineering of computers. Computational Science represents a broader approach to interdisciplinary problems and projects, using computer simulations in model-based approaches that represent the interaction between theory and experiment.... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English
Full time
4 semesters
Campus
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New technologies and globalization are disrupting both business and society as a whole, increasing their complexity and their pace of change. In this extremely dynamic en ... [+]

New technologies and globalization are disrupting both business and society as a whole, increasing their complexity and their pace of change.

In this extremely dynamic environment, the role of Corporate Communication is to help organizations to develop and, ultimately, to cultivate and protect their reputation. It does it by engaging with the organizations’ stakeholders and by nurturing and communicating the organizations’ identity.

With this in mind, the program prepares students to start a career in corporate communication or in “communication-intensive” management functions or roles.

Structure and contents

The program stretches over two years (120 ECTS credits). During the first year, students attend core courses, while during the second year students personalize their study curricula according to their individual interests and apply what they have learned.... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English
Full time
4 semesters
Campus
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The MSc in Economics (ME)* is an advanced program offered by the Faculty of Economics at the Università della Svizzera italiana. The goal of the Master is to teach studen ... [+]

The MSc in Economics (ME)* is an advanced program offered by the Faculty of Economics at the Università della Svizzera italiana.

The goal of the Master is to teach students how to analyze economic problems at the national as well as international level and how to identify the most appropriate policy instruments. In a cordial environment and in close interaction with the Faculty, the students will be equipped with the quantitative methods and the analytical tools necessary for a successful career as a professional economist in the private or public sector. To optimally prepare for different career paths, the students have the option to acquire additional programming skills (minor in data science) or additional tools relevant for public policy analysis (minor in public policy). The master will also drive interested students into a Ph.D. program.... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English
Full time
3 semesters
Campus
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Kick-start your career with an FT top-ranked Master’s in Finance and specialize in banking, quantitative finance or digital finance. The Master’s in Finance is designed t ... [+]

Kick-start your career with an FT top-ranked Master’s in Finance and specialize in banking, quantitative finance or digital finance.

The Master’s in Finance is designed to provide rigorous and relevant training for future financial professionals. We combine theory and practice to equip you with a solid foundation in financial principles, tools, and techniques that position you for a rewarding career in finance. You learn how to analyze financial markets, use and structure financial products and devise investment opportunities. USI takes great pride in adapting its course offering to the rapid changes in increasingly complex financial systems.

USI is situated at the heart of Lugano, Switzerland, strategically located on the main north-south axis that connects Zurich and Milan through the Alps. Strong links with financial institutions and practitioners through guest lecturers and faculty-led field projects provide a collaborative hands-on learning experience. This, together with our internationally renowned faculty, imparts a sophisticated mix of knowledge that is transferred to the industry through you. The recently introduced track in Digital Finance puts you in a privileged position to take advantage of the new professional opportunities in the area of Fintech. Our graduates occupy top positions in financial and academic institutions worldwide.... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English
Full time
3 - 4 semesters
Campus
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The Master program in financial communication offers students the unique opportunity to acquire an integrated set of competencies, including financial, communicative and ... [+]

The MSc in Financial Communication is offered jointly by the Faculty of Economics, and the Faculty of Communication Sciences. This full-time study program of the Università della Svizzera italiana is held in Lugano - Switzerland comprises 120 ECTS spread over 4 semesters (usual duration 2 years) and is entirely offered in English.

The Master program in financial communication offers students the unique opportunity to acquire an integrated set of competencies, including financial, communicative and legal knowledge, strongly and increasingly required in the financial sector. The recent financial crisis has created new challenges for banks, business companies, and market operators, who are expected to master, besides a solid financial background, also strong capacities in communicating with clients and investors and a mature awareness of the legal framework in which financial services and products are promoted and transactions are negotiated.... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English
Full time
4 semesters
Campus
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This unique cross-discipline program combines USI's world-leading expertise in Finance and Informatics and offers exciting career prospects that range from fintech startu ... [+]

The Master of Science in Financial Technology and Computing is offered jointly by the Faculty of Informatics and by the Faculty of Economics of the Università della Svizzera italiana, USI, situated in Lugano - Switzerland. This full-time study program comprises 120 ECTS spread over 4 semesters (usual duration 2 years) and is entirely offered in English.

This unique cross-discipline program combines USI's world-leading expertise in Finance and Informatics and offers exciting career prospects that range from fintech startups to banks and insurers to hedge funds. The program has been designed to provide graduates with an informatics background with the necessary tools and skills for understanding fundamental problems in finance while, at the same time, learning about advanced tools and techniques in informatics to be applied in finance.... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English
Full time
4 semesters
Campus
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The Master of Science in Informatics provides world-class specialization in terms of professional training and academic research. The Master prepares students for current ... [+]

The Master of Science in Informatics provides world-class specialization in terms of professional training and academic research.

The Master prepares students for current and emerging technologies in computer science by deepening their theoretical knowledge and sharpening their practical skills. The program is designed for both Bachelor students who wish to complete their education and professionals seeking to refresh their knowledge and sharpen their skills. The Master combines the study of fundamental aspects of computer science with a practical hands-on approach, preparing professionals for successfully pursuing a career in research and development across any application domain.... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English
Full time
4 semesters
Campus
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The MSc in Management is designed to provide graduates, from a wide variety of backgrounds, with the necessary tools and skills for understanding modern management, creat ... [+]

The Master in Management is offered by the Faculty of Economics of the Università della Svizzera italiana situated in Lugano - Switzerland. This full-time study program comprises 120 ECTS spread over 4 semesters (usual duration 2 years) and is entirely offered in English.

The MSc in Management has been designed to provide graduates, from a wide variety of backgrounds, with the necessary skills and tools for understanding modern management concepts. It creates the best possible conditions for a successful career in business from start-ups to multinational companies.

Introducing the New Track System

The Master of Management (MMG) program introduces a new track system in the upcoming academic year (2018/19). Students have the possibility to specialize in their studies. They can choose one of three different specialization tracks:... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English
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4 semesters
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The Master in Management and Informatics is offered jointly by the Faculty of Informatics and by the Faculty of Economics of the Università della Svizzera italiana, USI, ... [+]

The Master in Management and Informatics is offered jointly by the Faculty of Informatics and by the Faculty of Economics of the Università della Svizzera italiana, USI, situated in Lugano - Switzerland. This full-time study program comprises 120 ECTS spread over 4 semesters (usual duration 2 years) and is entirely offered in English.

This unique cross-discipline program combines USI's world-leading expertise in Management and Informatics and offers exciting career prospects that range from project management to consulting. The program has been designed to provide graduates from a wide variety of backgrounds with the necessary tools and skills for understanding complex information technology (IT) problems while, at the same time, knowing about the needs and requirements of a modern organization.... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English
Full time
4 semesters
Campus
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The Master in Marketing and Transformative Economy is not just another Master in Marketing. Its ambition is to offer established marketing wisdom and practice and expand ... [+]

The Master in Marketing and Transformative Economy is not just another Master in Marketing. Its ambition is to offer established marketing wisdom and practice and expand them further.

First, the Master brings marketing aims beyond customer satisfaction, to cater to individual and collective well-being. This allows marketers to pursue new business opportunities by improving customers’ economic as well as emotional, environmental, physical, and psychological well-being.

Second, traditional marketing just focuses on market systems. This program also covers new exchange systems, including access-based, circular, gift, and sharing economy, which has fostered gratuity, indirect reciprocity, and use as an alternative to ownership.... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English
Full time
4 semesters
Campus
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The Master of Science in Media Management is offered by the Faculty of Communication Sciences at USI in Lugano. The full program consists of 120 ECTS and lasts 2 years. T ... [+]

The Master of Science in Media Management is offered by the Faculty of Communication Sciences at USI in Lugano.

The full program consists of 120 ECTS and lasts 2 years. This Master gives the chance to study fundamental aspects how media companies operate and to deepen the understanding of the managerial activities of such companies (economical structures, politics of the field, research, creation, and building of products and services, legal management, etc,). The study program involves also an analysis of the production and diffusion processes of editorial content of different kinds: newspapers, books, TV and radio programs, films, online contents.

Awarded degree:

Master of Science in Communication, Major in Media Management... [-]

Switzerland Lugano
September 2020
English
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4 semesters
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Life at USI

Università della Svizzera italiana - Campus Lugano
Address
Università della Svizzera italiana via Buffi 13
CH-6900 Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland
Website
Phone
+41 58 666 40 00
Academy of Architecture – Mendrisio Campus
Address
Università della Svizzera italiana Academy of Architecture, Largo Bernasconi 2 CH-6850
Mendrisio, Ticino, Switzerland
Website
Phone
+41 58 666 50 00