Practicalities for the USI community

Academic Care

Note: Academic Care policy will be available until December 31st, 2019 only for students enrolled before the academic year 2019/20 who are already benefiting from this insurance coverage. New applications are not accepted.
Starting from January 1st, 2020, Academic Care will be completely replaced by the new collective insurance policy, Swisscare. For students enrolled in the academic year 2019/20, the new Swisscare policy will be available as of September 1st, 2019.
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Academic Care


Purpose of the insurance

In order to provide its foreign students with a more affordable mandatory insurance coverage, the Università della Svizzera italiana has agreed with Groupe Mutuel an extremely convenient collective insurance policy named Academic Care.

It offers basic illness, accident and maternity health care benefits similar to the compulsory benefits under the Swiss Federal Law on Compulsory Health Care (KVG-LAMal), but at a much lower cost.


Terms and conditions

This offer is valid primarily for students coming from the extra- EU/EFTA countries, who are enrolled in one of USI's programmes, who are not older than 40 years of age and who hold a residence permit for the Canton of Ticino for study purposes.

The annual deductible is 100 CHF, whereas the monthly premium costs vary depending on the insured’s age:

  • 105 CHF until the end of the calendar year (December 31st) during which the insured student turns 25;
  • 145 CHF from the beginning of the calendar year (January 1st) during which the insured student turns 26.

The policy can be renewed for a maximum of 6 years.

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How to apply

Students who meet all of the above-mentioned criteria can apply through CAST Consulenza Assicurativa Ticino SA.

Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • the passport;
  • the B or L type residence permit for the Canton of Ticino for the purpose of study or the certificate issued by the Migration office proving that its issuance has been requested;
  • the student card.


Application deadline

It is possible to sign up for the Academic Care insurance within three months from the date of entry into Switzerland. After this deadline, it is compulsory to be insured with the basic insurance according to the LAMal.


Payment terms

The billing will be done by USI. At the beginning of each semester the insured students will receive an invoice for the following 6 months. The bills must be paid within 30 days from the date of their issue.

It is not possible to make payments by instalments. Please note that USI will not release neither the certificate of attendance nor the diploma at the end of the studies to those who haven't paid off their debts.


Insured person’s duties

The insured student must inform both USI and CAST about any important changes, such as mailing address, residence permit, end of studies or the final departure from Switzerland.



  • Università della Svizzera italiana

Vlasta Re
Main Building, Lugano campus
Office 221
Via Buffi 13
6900 Lugano
tel +41 58 666 45 10

  • CAST

Via Balestra 19
6900 Lugano
tel      +41 91 921 21 04
Opening hours: from Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 11.30am






Updated on: 23/08/2019