Practicalities for the USI community

Academic studies and military / civil service

Swiss students

  • Military service / civil service in lieu of military service

Swiss students subject to military service obligations can find information on how to reconcile their studies and military service / civil service in lieu at the relevant Federal administration websites:

The certficate for the deferment of military affairs for study reasons can be obtained as follows:

To fulfil long-term obligations associated with military service (basic military training, advancement), it is possible to apply for a leave of absence.
For days of service subsequent to the basic training (refresher courses), USI recognizes military service as a valid reason for absence from obligatory lessons/activities and examinations. In such cases, please contact the Secretariat / Dean’s Office of your Faculty (contacts: Arc, Com, Eco, Inf).  

  • Civil Defence Service

USI recognizes days of service for civil defence service as a valid justification for not attending mandatory lectures/activitiesand examinations. In such cases, please inform the Secretariat / Dean’s Office of your Faculty (contacts: Arc, Com, Eco, Inf).

Students from other countries

Please refer to the legislation in force in your home country. To fulfil obligations relating to military/civil defence service abroad, you may request a leave of absence.

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Updated on: 20/06/2018