Practicalities for the USI community

External access to profile, documents and applications

Bachelor, Master and PhD students, and academic and administrative staff can access their profile, documents and applications from off campus (remotely or in the cloud) in various ways.

  • Remote APP and Virtual Desktop (VDI)
  • Cloud applications and storage
  • FTPS 

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  • Remote APP and Virtual Desktop (VDI)

    This web-based system enables users to:

    • access their profile via a Virtual Desktop (USI VDI), enabling them to “replicate” their work computer on an external computer;
    • use individual applications (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook), and access their own work files produced using these applications;
    • use scientific research programmes (SPSS, Stata, R) via USI 96 Core.



    • PC running Windows or MacOsx
    • Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox or Safari
    • Microsoft Remote Desktop (included in Windows or downloadable from the Apple Store for Osx).


  • Cloud applications and storage

    All USI users working on the Lugano Campus are able to access cloud applications and storage space, such as:

    • the Office 365 package; for information on individual applications and how to access them, please read this article;
  • FTPS


    Remote access is available through FTPS (FTP + TLS explicit encryption). Users can access the service via the server, port 21 (default). To access the FTPS service you can use free software program, such as WinSCP (for Windows) or Filezilla (for all operating systems). Click here for the screenshots on how to configure access. Please contact the IT Service for more information.




Updated on: 25 October 2021