Leisure Management
Frequently asked questions about the Bachelor’s programme in Leisure Management offered by the Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care.


Given the limited number of places available, all the applicants meeting the requirements are subject to an examination that will decide the ranking for admission to the Bachelor in Leisure Management.

Ranking examinations for the Bachelor in Leisure Management are open to candidates holding one of the following qualifications:

  • vocational school-leaving certificate in commerce/business or equivalent;
  • vocational school-leaving certificate in a non-related area and a work experience period congruent with the contents of the study programme;
  • foreign high school diplomas will be evaluated and can require a work experience period.

Candidates over 25 years of age who lack the required qualifications, but whom the Course Directors believe possess an education and a work experience that are significant and appropriate for the sector, may be admitted “on dossier” (recognition of prior learning). These applicants must take a test on the fundamentals of management. Successful completion of this test will qualify them to take the ranking examination.

For further information concerning the period of work experience consistent with the contents of the study programme, it is possible to contact deass.leisure@supsi.ch.

No, the persons concerned are required to find themselves an organization in which they can carry out the period of work experience.

A B2 level of Italian language, according to the European Language Portfolio (ELP), is required for the understanding of the ranking exam, but an international language certificate is not necessary. Candidates with a lower language level will not be excluded a priori from the examination.

Yes, there is a limited number of places which is defined annually.


Concerning the Bachelor in Leisure Management, the ranking examination is composed of a written test and an oral exam. The results achieved in the written exam will determine which applicants can proceed to the oral examination, according to a maximum number of candidates established each year.
The scores achieved in the oral examination will determine the final ranking of applicants admitted to the Bachelor in Leisure Management.

The written ranking exam is divided into two parts. The first part is represented by the analysis of the contents of a text on a current topic related to the area of study, and other questions and exercises of an aptitudinal nature. Whereas, the second part consists of an English exam that includes questions of understanding, writing and listening.
Candidates for admission to the Bachelor in Leisure Management who will obtain the best results in the written test will be invited to the oral examination, an individual interview which will take place in Italian and English, with the aim of verifying elements such as personal aptitudes, motivations, relevance and perception of future training and professional activity.

The ranking examinations usually take place in May/June. For specific information, please visit the Bachelor’s course website (section Admission and enrolment).

No, it is not Department practice to provide exams from previous years.

The carrying out of the firt part of the written exam (see the question “What are the subjects covered by the written test? And by the oral examination?") does not require specific preparation. A good general culture, a good knowledge of current events and the Italian language, as well as being up to date on the Leisure sector, are undoubtedly important elements for sustaining the exams with profit.


Each academic year there are 3 certification sessions: January and June (ordinary sessions) and August (repetition session).

SUPSI adopts the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to support student mobility between higher education institutions.
The number of credits of every module is calculated based on the total workload required to the student to reach the defined competence level. An ECTS credit is approx. 30 hours of workload. Credits are acquired if the module is certified.

For detailed information please visit the specific section (see the link on the right).

Students admitted to the Bachelor in Leisure Management will be asked to take a self-assessment test provided by the Department, to verify their level of entry into Mathematics and Accounting. However, the result of the test will not affect their admission to the Bachelor’s programme.


During the study programme offered by the Bachelor in Leisure Management, students have several opportunities to interact with local or foreign organizations, especially through the following activities:

  • experts testimonies during all the three years of the Bachelor's programme;
  • field project planned during the second year of the Bachelor's programme;
  • internship during the third year of the Bachelor's programme.

No, the Bachelor in Leisure Management guarantees the placement of all students. However, it is possible to propose organization that offers internship programs, provided that they are known and consistent with the study programme.

Internships can be done in various fields of the Leisure sector (sport, tourism, entertainment, culture, etc.). Internships are possible at public and private facilities. Generally, the internship is done outside the Canton Ticino or Switzerland. Upon the request of the student, in special cases, it may be done at local organizations.

Intern compensation depends on the host organization.


To applicants in possess of ECTS credits acquired from another University or University of Applied Sciences, or from another SUPSI Bachelor’s programme, may be recognized some equivalences. The student concerned shall be required to make an official request in writing.

After the successful completion of the graduation exams, the student can make an official request in writing to the Course Directors for the recognition of modules already certified and consistent with the study programme.
The request should be supported by all the documentation related to the certified modules.


Students enrolled in the Bachelor in Leisure Management must certify two foreign languages: German and English. The Bachelor provides that at least 50% of the lessons will be conducted in English. Additionally, some parts of the modules will be held in German.

English and German language proficiencies at a level B1, according to the European Language Portfolio (ELP), are required. Candidates admitted to the ranking exam will perform an online self-assessment to test their English language level. Likewise, students admitted to the Bachelor in Leisure Management will perform an online German language self-assessment.

The German language examination certifies a B2 level of language proficiency, according to the European Language Portfolio (ELP). Whereas, the English language exam certifies a level between B2 and C1. Thanks to the Bachelor’s structure, which provides that at least 50% of the lessons are conducted in English and part of the modules are held in German, the students will have the necessary preparation, at the end of the programme, for taking German B2 and English C1 international examinations.

The language modules can be certified by interviewing native English or German speakers or students who have spent long periods abroad for study or work. For further information please contact the Competence Centre for Languages and Plurilinguism Studies (see the link on the side).

Yes, through the Swiss-European mobility programme (SEMP), formerly Erasmus programme. For further information please visit the International office website (see the link on the side).


Yes, graduates can enrol in Master courses in Switzerland or abroad, or access to the preparation for federal diplomas examinations.

The Bachelor of Science SUPSI in Leisure Management is a Federal and Euro-compatible degree, which provides for a total of 180 ECTS under the new European higher education system (Bologna Declaration).

For further information please read the information sheet on SUPSI degrees and diplomas (see the link on the side - document in Italian).

The Bachelor in Leisure Management degree opens the door to a range of organisations differentiated by sector (sport, tourism, entertainment, culture, etc.), by typology (businesses, associations, foundations, public administration bodies, etc.), by dimension and by geographic market (local, Swiss, international). Potential roles range across different operational areas in accordance with the structure of the organisation. Examples include: digital marketing manager for a sports team; event organisation support in a sportswear company; project manager in a public institution, in an association or in a small company; marketing specialist in a sports federation; destination manager; event manager; and many others.


The semester fee amounts to CHF 1’600. This sum is reduced to CHF 800 for students who benefit from the application of the ASUP Intercantonal Agreement for Vocational Universities (Swiss nationality or civil and fiscal domicile in Switzerland or in Liechtenstein). Specific agreements apply for students residing in Campione d’Italia. Contribution to didactic costs: CHF 200 per semester.

For all general information please refer to the section “General information” of the SUPSI website (see the link on the side).