USI students' exchange: Mobility Online
- Academic mobility
This page contains information for organizing study abroad periods, such as the procedures to follow before leaving (admission criteria, application, financial aspects, study plans), what to do when arriving at the destination university, and final provisions when returning to USI (questionnaire, stay-abroad report, validation of credits).
The preparation for a period of study abroad requires considerable time and effort on your part. There are no ready-made exchanges available in any of our partner university. When you organize a semester abroad, it is important to examine all possibilities and to begin planning it early, preferably a year before your date of departure. Consider the period of preparation as an important part of your studies and use it to develop your organizational skills. To get the best out of an exchange semester you should ask yourself where you would like to study, during which semester, which courses you must take, if you can finance your trip and stay abroad and if your language proficiency is sufficient for studying in the host country. Students have the following sources of information to get acquainted with the mobility programmes and the procedures:
Each year, the International Relations and Study Abroad Service organizes an information session for USI students interested in undertaking a study abroad experience. The purpose of the session is to provide useful information to organize a mobility: the presentation of the different types of exchange programs, of the partner universities, enrollment procedures, admission requirements, financial aspects and much more. In 2022 the information sessions will take place of the following dates and times:
Link to presentation 2022: Information session PPT
Written by former USI students who spent a period of study in a different university. Reports may be accessed on our website with your USI credentials.
Study Abroad Guide
The official publication of the International Relations and Study Abroad Service, with detailed information on how to organize a study period abroad. You can download the 2022 edition here.
5 reasons for a study abroad experience
A short video on why we believe a study experience abroad will further enrich your study curriculum and help you grow as a person.
Starting in November, the International Relations and Study Abroad Service offers individual and personalized meetings. You may fix your appointment at the following link: https://bit.ly/3fPGzL7. We will be happy to assist you in the organization of your study abroad experience.
To participate in a mobility programme you must:
For specific admission criteria of each USI faculty, please carefully read page 14 of the Study Abroad Guide.
The language certificate has the following purposes:
Lugano Campus only
Lugano and Mendrisio Campuses
Additional useful information (Lugano and Mendrisio Campuses)
USI enrolment and financial aspects
You must maintain your enrolment status at USI during the exchange term. If you undertake a mobility semester recognized as part of the criteria for obtaining a degree (Bachelor or Master) you are granted a 50% reduction in the USI semester tuition fee. All of the USI exchange agreements are based on a bilateral agreement to waive payment of tuition for nominated students by the partner university. You are however responsible for all other costs related to your semester abroad. Bear in mind that even though you have been selected for a tuition-free exchange, there may be other fees you might have to pay at the host university: administration fees, activity fees, library fee etc.
Please refer to the website for financial aid possibilities: https://www.usi.ch/en/university/info/relint/financial-support
Please note that only one application per semester is allowed.
Application procedure Lugano Campus
Starting with mobility for the academic year 2022-23, USI introduced Mobility Online, an online tool to manage exchanges. A dedicated section with additional information and the link to the online registration form has been created on desk.usi.ch: https://www.desk.usi.ch/en/node/13314. The information and documents to be provided are:
Students are selected based on a ranking calculated directly by Mobility Online and takes into consideration the weighted average grade, the ECTS obtained and the language certificate. The selection process takes place once a year in March for both Autumn and Spring semesters. It is however still possible for the students of the Lugano campus to apply in September for Spring semesters without any guarantee that there will still be available openings.
Application procedure Mendrisio Campus
Starting with mobility for the academic year 2022-23, USI will introduce Mobility Online, an online tool to manage exchanges. A dedicated section with additional information and the link to the online registration form has been created on desk.usi.ch: https://www.desk.usi.ch/en/node/13314. The information and documents to be provided are:
Students are selected based on a ranking calculated directly by Mobility Online and takes into consideration the weighted average grade. The selection process takes place once a year in March for both Autumn and Spring semesters.
Internal application deadlines
10 February 2023, 23.59 hrs for the following Academic Year.
20 February 2023, 23.59 hrs for the following Autumn Semester
24 September 2023, 23.59 hrs for the following Spring Semester
Late applications will not be considered.
All selected students will be officially introduced to the partner university by the International Relations and Study Abroad Service staff. From this point onwards, it is up to each student to organise the departure at best, deal with any further administrative requirements and meet all deadlines of the host university regarding university enrolment, courses registration, health insurance and accommodation.
Starting in 2023, the International Relations and Study Abroad Service has established a new partnership with Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan) for a programme that will be of value to those preparing to go on an exchange: the Study Abroad Impact Lab, an extracurricular course with the aim of helping students maximise their experience abroad and acquire those skills recognised by many employers.
Details of the 2023 edition
4-15 September 2023 (5 afternoons)
EUR 250: EUR 50 is covered by the student, EUR 200 is sponsored by USI's International Relations and Study Abroad Service. Travel costs are to be covered by the participant.
Registration deadline and procedure
7 June 2023. Registration via email at [email protected].
This year the following courses are scheduled:
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In the table, Permit, visa and health insurance procedures for USI outgoing students, you will find relevant information concerning the bureaucratic procedures you will be asked to complete in order to do an exchange at another university.
Please note that the information refers to current regulations and procedures established by the competent authorities at cantonal and national level and may therefore be subject to change.
Checklist of things to do before leaving
Once you have obtained all information from the host university (beginning of semester, accommodation, welcome activities, etc), the student can start planning the departure.
Before leaving Switzerland, you need the following:
If you visit a country outside the European community for study purposes, you must also:
You are advised to be properly informed about the legislation in force in the country you have chosen. To do so, you may refer to the International Office of the host university.
Orientation programme at the host university
Most universities organise mandatory orientation programmes for guest students prior to the beginning of the Semester. Nominated exchange students are expected to arrive at the host university on time for orientation and the start of the courses. For some destinations the arrival date is set for July or August. In this case, registration for the retake session in September at USI is not possible.
Changes in the learning agreement
The final learning agreeement must be sumbitted in Mobility Online no later than one month after the start of classes at the host univrsity. Any change in the learning agreeement must be approved by USI.
At the end of their stay, USI students are required to submit the following documents in Mobility Online
1. End of study report
Within three weeks from the end of the exchange period, write an "End of study report" on their experience abroad, following specific guidelines. The template will be available in Mobility Online.
2. Exchange survey
Students must also fill in the online Exchange survey no later than three weeks after the end of the semester abroad.
3. Certificate of attendance
SEMP student must submit the certificate of attendance duly filled and signed by the International Office of the host university.
The procedure for issuing and forwarding examination results and credits relating to exchange students varies from university to university.
Normally, the International Relations Office of the host institution sends the official transcript of results to the student's home address and/or to the International Relations and Study Abroad Service. Bear in mind that the process may take few weeks to complete.
It is up to the student to check and make sure that the necessary official transcripts are duly delivered to USI. It is the Tutor for examinations' responsibility to register the corresponding credits, and notify the student.
Credits cannot be earned just by simply attending a semester or two abroad or in Switzerland, in a university other than USI. The value of a study semester away from the home institution is measured or quantified by formal course evaluation (grades) and related credits which the candidate earns on the basis of passing examinations or evaluation of the written work turned in (e.g. dissertation, term paper).
For special provisions on the credit recognition of exams please refer to pages 29-31 of the Study Abroad Guide.
Please refer to the following sheet for the conversion of credits outside the ECTS system.