- PhD Candidates
The Languages Lab offers free-of-charge courses for USI students and staff who already know the English language at levels A2, B1, B2, and B2+ and wish to improve their comprehension and production skills.
Classes take place in Lugano.
Each course includes 56 class hours offered in two hours twice a week.
English B1.1 (starting level: A2) - Fall semster
English B1.2 (starting level: mid-B1) - both Fall semester and Spring semester
English B2.1 (starting level: B1) - both Fall semester and Spring semester
English B2.2 (starting level: mid-B2) - both Fall semester and Spring semester
English B2+.1 (starting level: B2) - Spring semester
English B2+.2 (starting level: mid-B2+) - Fall semester
English C1.1 (starting level: B2+) - Fall semester - Two courses are available: one is addressed to Maste students who are enrolled in programs that require level C1; another one is for USI students and staff who do not belong to the previous category.
English C1.2 (starting level: mid-B2+) - Spring semester - Two courses are available: one is addressed to Maste students who are enrolled in programs that require level C1; another one is for USI students and staff who do not belong to the previous category.
Classes of the courses from B1.1 to B2+.2 take place in the morning or in the afternoon. Classes of the courses C1.1 and C1.2 take place from 6.30pm to 8.15pm. Detailed timetables are sent to registered people.
The Languages Lab also offers the following courses: Medical English, English for Economists, and English for studies in economics and international policies e Academic writing for social sciences.
At the end of courses from B1.1 to B2.1 a test is organized at the end of the course. Participants who have take part in at least 80% of classes can take the test. Levels B2, B2+, and C1 are tested with exams during the official exam sessions. A certificate of attendance is provided once the test or exam is passed.
Important for students whose study plans require to reach a certain level of knowledge of the English language. Bachelor students from the Faculty of economics and the Faculty of communication, culture and society as well as Master students who have to reach level C1 can access exams even if they do not attend USI English courses.
Registration is via the online form. Interested people will be asked to take a test to verify their level.
Each course is for minimum 8 people and maximum 25 people.
Registration works via the first-come-first-served rule although priority in given to students whose study plans require to reach a certain level of knowledge of the English language.