of Architecture



  • Cantonal scholarships

    Swiss students who have been residing in Ticino for at least two years (for foreign students, at least five years) may seek financial assistance from the Department of Education, Culture and Sport (Dipartimento dell'Educazione, della cultura e dello sport - DECS) of the Canton Ticino.
    The electronic version of the application form can be downloaded from this web page, whereas the hard copy is available at Accademia di architettura, Villa Argentina, or by contacting scholarship.arc@usi.ch

    Swiss students residing in other Swiss cantons, are requested to contact their local office for scholarships 
    Swiss students residing abroad should request scholarships to their canton of origin

    For any further details, please contact the Student Financial Aid Office (Ufficio degli aiuti allo studio):

    Piazza Governo 7
    6501 Bellinzona
    Tel. +41 91 814 34 32
    e-mail: decs-uast@ti.ch


  • SODESKA Foundation offers 5 annual scholarships to Swiss students to support them in their academic studies at USI. Applications are to be submitted in a sealed envelope, addressed to Fondazione SODESKA, and handed in at the front desk of Villa Argentina by February 28th of each year.
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  • Zonta Club Lugano Foundation awards several scholarships to Swiss students or foreign students living in Ticino with a C residence permit who are attending a Bachelor's or a Master's Degree Programme. The application form together with the supporting documents has to be submitted to Zonta Club Foundation by the end of October of each year.
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  1. Scholarships
    in favour
    of Swiss students

The following foundations and sponsors are granting scholarships to particularly talented and disadvantaged students from developing countries and schools with which the Academy has a privileged relationship.



  • Within 15th May: students who need an entry visa for Switzerland
  • Within 30th June: all other students
  • Within 15th July: students applying for the Solidarity Scholarship 2020

Already enrolled students are requested to fill in the form by clicking here. Not yet enrolled students are kindly requested to contact scholarship.arc@usi.ch for more information.

Solidarity Scholarships 2020
With the aim of helping the students affected by the consequences of the COVID-19 emergency, USI has set up the Solidarity Scholarships Fund 2020. All applications must be submitted through the appropriate online form by July 31st, 2020. Priority will be given to applications received by July 15th, 2020. Documents that need to be uploaded during the application process: most recent transcript of records, student’s and parents’ income tax certificate for last year, motivation letter and, if that is the case, relevant certificate(s) proving that the family’s financial situation has changed significantly due to the pandemic.
Application form - Academy 


  • Reduced tuition fees for Swiss students residing abroad
    In accordance with the Regulations for admissions and matriculations at Università della Svizzera italiana (available only in Italian), a reduction of the enrolment fee from CHF 4'000.- to CHF 2'000.- per semester can be applied to students of Swiss students residing abroad when graduating. Preference is given to students from disadvantaged families, according to the criteria applied by Canton Ticino.

  • Scholarships for 1st year Bachelor students from the cantons of the German-speaking Switzerland and French-speaking Switzerland
    In order to further promote the multilingual and multicultural composition of the student body - which, in line with the objectives of USI, has shown great relevance also for Italian-speaking students - USI provides scholarships for students from the German and French-speaking cantons of Switzerland.
    This scholarship is awarded automatically to all new Bachelor 1 students and corresponds to the annual fee of CHF 4’000.-.
  1. Scholarships that may
    be requested through
    the Academy
    of architecture


  • Cantonal scholarships for Italian citizens (2020-2021)
    In addition to the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships, other scholarships are available directly from the Swiss cantonal universities. These scholarships are mainly valid for research projects, but the Università della Svizzera italiana gives the opportunity to apply also for a master's degree.
    Call cantonal scholarships 2020-2021 
    Frequently asked questions (PDF, 157.9 kB, Italian) 
    The results for the academic year 2020-2021 will be communicated directly to the candidates, winners and non-winners alike, by letter and/or e-mail by the end of May 2020
  1. Scholarships
    in favour
    of Italian students