Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland

Lugano, Briga, Landquart, Locarno, Verscio

SUPSI offers a wide range of study programs focused on practice in the fields of Bachelor, Master and Continuing education, in addition to Applied research and Service provision. SUPSI is based in Lugano, Canton Ticino, the home of Italian language and culture in Switzerland, and which enjoys a mild climate with enchanting lake and mountain views.


Study: Bachelor, Master and Continuing Education Degree Programmes

Almost 5000 students are currently enrolled on one of the 20 Bachelor or 13 Master programs conducted by SUPSI in 8 different areas: architecture and construction, design, teacher training, engineering and information technologies, health, business management, social work, music and theatre.

The teaching method fosters close student-professor contact, together with close correspondence between theory and practice by means of case studies and concrete applications. Professors often also conduct research or operate professionally outside the university, enabling students to benefit from a didactic method that combines theory and practice in one single educational program.

Integrating these bachelor and master programs are more than 400 continuing education courses (CAS-Certificate of Advanced Studies, DAS-Diploma of Advanced Studies, MAS-Master of Advanced Studies, EMBA-Executive Master of Business Administration) designed for professional operators who wish to specialize and keep abreast with the latest developments throughout their careers.

Degrees awarded by SUPSI are in line with the Bologna Reform.


Applied Research

The main feature of SUPSI research is the application profile.

The numerous and diverse competences can be used to tackle the progressively more complex problems and challenges set by society, implementing a multidisciplinary approach and, from various aspects, identifying tangible, original and innovative solutions in the fields of environment and construction, engineering technology, economics, social work, healthcare, teacher training and arts.

SUPSI Applied research ranges from highly competitive and specialist international projects, to national and regional studies aimed more at specific products or services and executed by means of technologies and methodologies directly implemented by companies.

With 450 research projects every year, collaboration agreements with more than 300 researchers and 30 million Swiss francs in financing, SUPSI leads the field in terms of European Union financed projects acquired by Swiss Universities.


Unique Features

  • Practice-based educational programs, fostering at the acquisition of professional skills
  • Synergies between education and research
  • Small class sizes
  • 2 new university campus sites under construction, and one in the design phase
  • The SUPSI International Office provides assistance for international students
  • Opportunities to take part in many sporting-recreational activities organised by the USI-SUPSI Sport Service
  • Strategic location as a starting point for exploring Switzerland, nearby Italy and the rest of Europe


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  • Arts, Design
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Health
  • Social Work
  • Teacher Education



  • Number of Bachelor programmes: 20
  • Number of Master programmes: 13
  • Number of programmes in continuing education: 111 (CAS, DAS, MAS, EMBA)

At a glance






  • SUPSI Overview

  • Andrea E. Rizzoli, Professor

  • Laura Faoro, Alumna