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Lugano East Campus Gymnasium Viganello
With two large rooms (Training Room and Equipment Room), two fully equipped changing rooms with showers, the East Campus gymnasium provides an all-round sports experience
Programmes and courses
Thanks to the numerous weekly sports disciplines, it is possible to participate in group training, one- or multi-day mountain hikes and water sports courses
Summer and Winter Camps
The camps offer a sporting experience with complete immersion in nature and the open air through the practice of winter and water sports
Details of programming and registration for activities available to the student body in the SUPSI Student Portal.
Are specific knowledge / skills required to become an ambassador?
It depends on the type of activity. For example, a good knowledge of national languages is required to participate in fairs outside the canton. Other activities, on the other hand, do not require specific skills or knowledge.
Are specific skills required to join the Association?
No, being a member of the Student Association allows you to experiment and develop new skills, without necessarily having specific knowledge or previous experience.
Are the activities free?
Yes, they are free.
Are the coaching activities free?
Yes, the sessions are completely free.
Are the extra-curricular courses free?
The courses are free for Bachelor and Master students.
Are there any library services I have to pay for?
For students and collaborators of SUPSI, all library services are free.
Are there free parking spaces for students?
No, there are no free parking spaces available for students.
Can families external to SUPSI access the SUPSInido?
Yes, children from external families are welcome in the SUPSInido centers, depending on the number of available places.
Can I apply for financial help if I don’t live in Switzerland?
For almost all possible financial aids, the applicant must have been residing in Ticino from some time. We recommend checking the possibilities of support in your country of origin, by consulting, for example, the page of the Italian Government's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The Swiss Confederation provides researcher excellence grants for foreign researchers and artists in Switzerland:
- Grants for research, PhD or post-doc in a university, a federal polytechnic, and a university of applied sciences in Switzerland (no scholarships at Bachelor and Master level).
- Grants for advanced artistic studies in conservatories and universities of art in Switzerland (available only for a limited number of countries).
Can I contact the Career Counseling Service from any SUPSI affiliated Department or School?
Yes, career counseling is open to everyone regardless of the field of study. Our consultants work across the board and are ready to support you regardless of your sector.
Can I contact the Coaching Service without obligation?
Yes, after a first contact with one of our coaches you can easily decide whether or not you want to continue with the coaching sessions.
Can I contact the Orientation Counseling Service if I am interested in courses from other educational institutions?
Yes, we guarantee a neutral consulting service and confidentiality. We will therefore try to favor the choice of a path that is as appropriate as possible to your wishes and career aspirations.
Can I do internships during the 3 years of the programme?
Yes, the curriculum includes 3-month internship periods during the final semester of the programme. The Bachelor programme finds training positions with SUPSI partners, and collaborates with these partners to determine the educational project that the student will work on.
Can I propose to the Association to organise an event or activity that interests me?
Of course! You can send your proposal via this page by selecting the 'propose an activity' item at the top.
Can I submit an application even if I have not yet obtained the qualification required for admission?
The qualification valid for admission to the Master's and Diploma degree courses must be obtained by 1st September of the year of the beginning of the course.
Can I subscribe to the library if I live abroad? Do I have any limitations?
Registration to the library is possible from abroad. If you wish to register with swisscovery, you must register with a SWITCH edu-id.
Can I turn to the Student Association if I have difficulties in my studies?
Yes. The Student Association is available to support students in dealing with any difficulties inherent within the university environment.
Can I work while studying at the Master of Arts in Interaction Design program?
To complete and get the certification, you must attend at least 75% of each course schedule. This condition reduces the possibility to work regularly. During the first and second semesters, from September to July, all courses require full-time commitment. While working during evening hours can be possible, we strongly discourage students to do so. During the third semester, the thesis module, attendance is not mandatory therefore it is possible for students to combine the thesis project development with an internship at design agencies, industries, and hi-tech companies.
Can students who have completed the year of on-the-job experience (Anno di Pratica Assistita - APA) required for admission to the degree programme, then enrol on the PAP curriculum, (in parallel with professional working activity) without having to complete any further work experience periods?
Yes, the year of on-the-job experience completed in order to acquire the practical skills needed for enrolment is considered as valid work experience for the PAP curriculum (in parallel with professional working activity).
Come funziona l’esame di graduatoria?
L’esame di graduatoria si compone di due parti, segnatamente un esame scritto in italiano e in inglese (prima parte) e un colloquio orale individuale (seconda parte).
Cosa sono i crediti formativi ECTS?
Following the Bologna Reform, study courses have been structured into modules and each module is allocated a number of study credits according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). One ECTS credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 to 30 hours. 60 credits represent the annual workload in the case of full-time education. A Bachelor's degree requires 180 ECTS and a Master's degree 90 to 120 ECTS.
Do all applicants take part in the activities?
Applicants are selected according to the needs of the event and could be chosen, for example, depending on their course, language skills, year of study, etc.
Do I have to pay for the sessions (1 to 3) with a SUPSI counselor?
No, the scheduled sessions (maximum 3) are covered by SUPSI.
Do I have to submit an English language certificate to be admitted to the Master of Arts in Interaction Design?
No, we do not require any language certificate. Your level must be good enough to interact with the teachers and to present your projects.
Do I need a visa to enrol in a SUPSI Bachelor's/Master's degree programme?
Students who are citizens of EU/EFTA countries wishing to stay in Switzerland during their studies must apply for a residence permit for study purposes and register with the residents' registration office of the host municipality.
The enrolment at SUPSI of candidates from non-EU/EFTA countries, once they have carried out checks on their eligibility to study and passed any ranking and/or capacity examinations, presupposes the actual issuing of a residence permit by the authorities. Foreigners who are subject to the visa requirement must submit a visa application to the competent Swiss representation abroad. The deadline for submitting the application is 15 April, while the residence permit application must be submitted to the SUPSI Directorate no later than 30 June.
Do I need prior knowledge of specific software and hardware to be admitted to the Master of Arts in Interaction Design?
Some people are already experts in software, others have no programming experience at all. Workshops of the first module allow students to acquire or increase their knowledge in programming, electronics, digital fabrication to make prototypes work. We ensure enough faculty support, and the class composition facilitates peer learning.
Do the counselors offer guidance both at the end of a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree?
Yes, guidance counseling covers all levels of study. We offer support in the choice of Masters or higher professional trainings (APF, EPF, SSS) as well as SUPSI’s Continuing Education courses.
Do you arrange and offer an internship during and after the Master of Arts in Interaction Design program?
No, we do not arrange and offer any internship. However, during the program, students get in touch with professionals and companies that are interested in acquiring interns. We facilitate the creation of network, but the final agreement depends on the right match between students and companies.
How can I ask for help or advice at the library?
You can contact the library of your Department by e-mail or by phone. If necessary, an appointment will be made.
How can I cancel my registration for the activities?
You can cancel your registration by writing an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I register to the USI-SUPSI Sport offer on the Lugano-Viganello campus?
How can I request a book to a library from another university or a cantonal library?
You must first register to the catalog. The SLSP-Courier service allows you to request a book from one library online and collect it from another library of your choice.
How can I request a collaboration with the early childhood service?
The early childhood service collaborates with the SUPSI departments and with local institutions and organizations on issues related to early childhood (training, good practices, quality).
You can contact the head of the early childhood service by calling (0)58 666 69 00
How do I know if I am eligible for a degree course?
Your eligibility will be assessed when you submit an application for admission to your chosen degree course. If you need preliminary information, you can consult the admission requirements indicated on the pages of the respective degree courses or you can contact the Student Life Service.
How long does the acclimatization period last at SUPSInido? Is it compulsory?
The acclimatization time is organized over a period of 2-3 weeks and is generally followed by a few days at a reduced time. This delicate moment is necessary to create a smooth and safe transition for the baby, thus promoting his or her well-being once regular attendance begins.
How many coaching lessons can I take during my career at SUPSI?
A maximum of five meetings is offered to each student.
How many sessions can I have with a SUPSI counselor?
1 to 3 sessions can be held, after which a further follow-up meeting can be arranged two or three months after the last appointment.
How much does the attendance at SUPSInido cost?
For SUPSI trainees (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD students, assistants, and apprentices) the fees amount to:
- Daily fee: CHF 45.-
- Half-day fee (to be understood as attendance of less than 5 hours a day): CHF 27.-
How much time in advance is it necessary to reserve a place at a SUPSInido center?
The SUPSInido centers (Manno, Viganello, and Locarno) give priority to children of SUPSI students and collaborators. However, this does not guarantee that there will be short-term availability or that it will correspond to the family’s preferred days and times. We recommend that you contact your SUPSInido center as soon as possible (during pregnancy), for a non-binding pre-registration.
I am enrolled in a SUPSI Bachelor/Master in PAP mode, and I find myself in need to find a new job. How can I do it?
We are available for support in preparing your application dossier. In some specific cases, we can also evaluate a modification of the chosen frequency model (eg going from the PAP model to a TP and vice versa). We suggest you expose your specific situation to one of our counselors, so that all possible options can be evaluated.
I do not have a degree, but I have professional experience in fields related to design, technology, communication and innovation. Can I apply for admission to te Master of Arts in Interactions Design?
No. The requirement for the acceptance to the Master of Arts in Interaction Design is a bachelor’s degree in design (graphic design, industrial design, interior design, media design, web design, etc.). Students with a bachelor’s degree in fields such as architecture, engineering, humanities, fine arts, business management or with a degree in other fields are entitled to apply. If accepted, they might obtain extra ECTS credits by attending online courses or courses offered by SUPSI before or during the program.
I don’t have a CV and/or a motivation letter, can I still contact the Career Consultancy Service to review my dossier?
Yes, among the various services provided by our consultants, there is the revision of one’s CV and motivation letter. If these documents do not yet exist, we can create them together.
I hold a foreign qualification. How can I get a teaching qualification in middle or high schools in the canton of Ticino?
For teaching in secondary and upper secondary schools in the canton of Ticino, it is essential to hold a qualification in the specific teaching subject (Master's degree or Diploma).
Any teaching qualification already recognised by the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK) is considered to be a cantonally recognised teaching qualification. If the qualification is already recognised by the EDK, no other qualification is required to teach in Ticino.
The updated list of teaching diplomas recognised by the EDK can be found on their website.
Holders of a foreign teaching qualification may apply to the EDK for recognition.
In order to obtain a qualification in middle and high school education at a Swiss pedagogical college (including the DFA/ASP), the minimum requirement is a Bachelor's or Master's degree for middle school education and a four-year Bachelor's or Master's degree for high school education (related to the specific teaching subject(s)). These requirements allow enrolment in the Master's or Diploma programme provided by the Department of Education and Learning. Detailed information on enrolment procedures and requirements can be found on the "Requirements and admission procedure" page.
If during the interviews at the help desk, a need for a continuous and regular follow-up emerges, who can I contact to get help?
Our psychologists will help you find a therapist outside SUPSI, in which case the costs will be covered by yourself or by your health insurance depending on the coverage you have contracted with it.
If I feel comfortable with a SUPSI counselor, can I have a follow-up with them?
No, a follow-up of more than 3 sessions is not possible with a SUPSI counselor. On the other hand, if the meetings have been arranged with an external collaborator, it is possible to maintain a follow-up with them. In this case, however, the costs are not covered by SUPSI and therefore remain at your charge.
Il Bachelor in Leisure Management è a numero aperto o numero chiuso?
In ragione delle limitazioni delle possibilità di pratica durante la formazione, il corso di laurea in Leisure Management è a numero chiuso. Il numero di posti a disposizione è definito annualmente dalla Direzione del Dipartimento (indicativamente 35 posti). Per questo motivo è prevista una procedura di ammissione subordinata ai risultati di una graduatoria.
In case of activities outside Ticino, who will cover the transport and accommodation costs?
The costs of accommodation and (partly) of food are covered by SUPSI.
Is attendance compulsory?
See Article 2. of the DTI Implementation Directives: Bachelor’s Degree regulations.
Is it possible to attend distance learning courses and/or are evening courses planned?
Courses run by the Department of Education and Learning usually take place in Locarno; 80% attendance is required. There are no evening courses.
Is it possible to go from a SUP Bachelor to a UNI or POLY Master?
In principle, yes – subject to the recovery of study credits and only for Master degrees related to one’s Bachelor degree. It is the university in which you enroll that decides on the exact amount of study credits that you need to compensate.
Is it possible to visit the site and get more information on individual Bachelor's or Master's programmes?
Between January and March each year, meetings are organised to present the courses. At the meetings, the study plans, professional opportunities and the admission procedure are presented. It is also possible to visit the premises and meet with students and teachers.
Is it possible, during my studies, to go abroad for a semester?
You can take a semester an maximum one year at another university in Switzerland or abroad through related agreements. Find more information and reference contacts on the dedicated page.
Is the degree awarded only valid in Switzerland or also in the rest of the world?
SUPSI qualifications are valid both in Switzerland and worldwide. In regulated professions, SUPSI qualifications also qualify for the profession in Switzerland, while in other countries it is necessary to check with the relevant body for recognition.
Is what I tell the counselor confidential?
Yes, what is said during a meeting is bound to secrecy and confidentiality as required by the Swiss code of ethics for the category: “I membri sono tenuti alla segretezza su tutto quanto è stato loro confidato o è stato da loro osservato o appreso nel quadro della loro attività̀ psicologica. (…) I membri hanno la facoltà̀ di comunicare a terzi informazioni assoggettate all’obbligo di riservatezza unicamente se sussiste a riguardo il consenso comprovabile della cliente o del cliente, risp. della paziente o del paziente, se ciò̀ è richiesto da una legge federale o cantonale, se l’autorità̀ competente ha svincolato il membro interessato dal suo obbligo di riservatezza o in presenza di una situazione d’emergenza acuta.” (art. 16 codice deontologico FSP).
Quali sono i requisiti di ammissione?
Possono presentarsi agli esami di graduatoria i candidati in possesso di (o che conseguiranno nell’anno scolastico in corso) uno dei seguenti titoli di studio:
maturità professionale negli indirizzi economia e servizi (MPES)
attestato di maturità commerciale cantonale di Bellinzona
diploma di Scuola specializzata superiore alberghiera e del turismo (SSSAT)
maturità estera in ambito economico con l’integrazione della pratica professionale
Ai candidati in possesso di maturità diverse da quelle indicate sopra è richiesto un periodo di pratica professionale coerente con i contenuti del programma di studio di almeno 900 ore (tra i 6 e i 12 mesi) da terminare entro l’inizio dell’anno accademico.
Quanto il profilo in uscita è aderente alle aspettative delle aziende del territorio?
Surveys give results similar to those recorded by other Swiss SUP institutes. 70% of graduates are employed one year after graduation. Many also embark on an academic career by attending a master’s programme.
What activities do members of the Student Association carry out?
In general, possible activities include the following:
Participation in sustainable development projects
Representation of the interests of the student community
What are the admission requirements for the Master of Arts in Interaction Design?
A Bachelor degree in Design (graphic design, industrial design, interior design, media design, web design, etc.) or an equivalent diploma is required for admission to the Master of Arts in Interaction Design. Students with a bachelor degree in fields such as architecture, engineering, humanities, fine arts and business management may also apply. However, these applications are subject to approval by the Master's Programme Board and may require some extra ECTS credits, which can be obtained before or during the course of study.
What are the SUPSInido opening hours?
SUPSInido centers are open from 7:45 am to 6:15 pm, from Monday to Friday, except during holidays. There are 3 weeks of summer closure and 2 weeks of Christmas closure per year.
What are the teaching contributions required in addition in the semester fee for?
They are a contribution to the costs of teaching (school materials, charges for visits, general administrative and secretarial costs, teaching and IT support, etc.).
What background do I need to participate in the Master in Interaction Design?
The program is multidisciplinary. The class is usually composed of designers from all disciplines, architects, engineers, and individuals interested in interaction design. We look for talented people open to working in a team, with a positive attitude towards learning and facing new challenges.
What do I do if I can’t attend a meeting?
You can communicate your absence directly to the teacher of the class.
What does the Associazione Studenti SUPSI do?
The Associazione Studenti carries out various activities, for example the accompaniment of students and the organization of meeting moments that stimulate communication and sharing of ideas between students.
What is the average monthly budget for living in Switzerland?
On average, the monthly budget is around CHF 1’500.–. This includes food/rent in shared accommodation. This amount varies and is related to personal choices.
What is the daily schedule of the Master of Arts in Interaction Design?
The schedule is usually every day from 9:05 until 17:45. Students develop their project with the support of the teachers. Some days are dedicated to the personal work. The presence is mandatory only when the teachers are in class.
What is the minimal attendance required at SUPSInido?
To guarantee educational and relational continuity for the children we host, the minimal attendance required is 40% (4 half days, 2 full days, or mixed formulas).
What level of French do I need for the Bachelor SE?
Students must possess a French language competence level equivalent to B2 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Some qualifications certify French language competences equivalent to this level (for a full list, consult the document entitled Competenze in lingua francese found on the website).
If your qualification does not certify the required level, you must make private arrangements to prepare for and take the necessary exam at a recognised certification centre. Further information can be found in the document referred to above.
What requirements do I need to fulfill to apply for financial support?
Each procedure has its own list of requirements that must be met to obtain financial support. It is up to you to evaluate and identify the option that suits you and your personal situation the best.
What should I do to take advantage of the benefits at mySUPSI affiliated Partners?
Inform the Partner about your status as a SUPSI student and present your valid mySUPSI card.
What tools, software and materials do I need to participate in the Master of Arts in Interaction Design program?
When will I get a copy of the academic calendar?
Various meetings are scheduled for the first day of the Academic Year, including an orientation meeting with the class teacher, who will explain the Annual Programme and provide details regarding how lessons are conducted, holiday periods and other information of a more general nature.
Should you require any of this information in advance, phone the Academy offices on +41 (0)58 666 67 51 or write to email@example.com.
Where are the coaching meetings held?
The meetings take place at the SUPSI headquarters in Manno or online via the Microsoft Teams platform.
Where do students work after the Master in Interaction Design?
Our graduates find work all over the world at the main design agencies, hi-tech companies, start-ups, and organizations such as Frog Design, Fjord, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Philips, Trivago, BitPanda, etc. Some of them have started their own business and successful start-ups. The employment rate for our graduates is almost 100%. Some of them start working as soon as they complete their studies while others find a qualified job within 6 months.
Which subjects are covered by the Master's Degree in Teaching for Secondary Level I and the Upper secondary teaching diploma for which one can qualify?
The subjects for the MSc Master's and SMS Diploma (subjects for which one can qualify) are agreed on a yearly basis with the Department of Education, Culture and Sport of the Canton of Ticino, and are defined in the autumn. The courses on offer for the following academic year can be found on the Master's and Diploma pages.
Who are the consultants at the help desk?
They are psychologists who have completed a 5-year academic training and graduated with a Master’s degree. They are qualified to exercise the profession and are listed within the registry of health professionals in Ticino.
Who can apply as an ambassador?
All students enrolled in a SUPSI Bachelor or Master.
Who can benefit from the mySUPSI discounts?
All Bachelor and Master students can benefit from the mySUPSI discounts.
Who can I contact for advice on how to improve Study-Life Balance?
Contact us for a coaching consultation: together we will discuss how to help you reconcile your commitments and how to best face your training path.
Who can participate in the activities?
SUPSI Bachelor and Master students.
Who can participate in the published competition notices and projects?
All the enrolled students. For further details, every announcement will have its regulations.
Why do some degree courses require an entrance exam while others do not?
Passing an entrance examination is required for degree courses with a closed number of students.
Why should I become a SUPSI ambassador?
Because it allows you to develop important practical skills outside the subjects studied at university, to enlarge your network, to share experiences with other students, and to improve your interpersonal skills.
Within soon does payment of school fees have to be made?
Within 30 days from the date of the invoice.
A chi mi rivolgo in caso di problemi?
Dipende dal tipo di problema. Se è relativo ad uno specifico corso, è buona norma rivolgersi in prima istanza al docente, poi al responsabile del modulo (che può non essere il docente stesso) e infine al responsabile del corso di laurea. Se il problema è amministrativo, è possibile rivolgersi alla segreteria. Se invece si tratta di un tema più generale, è possibile contattare il responsabile del corso di laurea.
Are Master's and Diploma qualifications awarded by the Department of Education and Learning recognised in Switzerland?
The SUPSI Master's Degree in Teaching for Secondary Level I, the Master's Degree in Mathematics Teaching for Secondary Level I (Eng. SUP) and the Upper secondary teaching diploma are recognised by all cantons.
Dopo quante F ottenute nello stesso modulo si viene esclusi dal corso di laurea?
L’esclusione dal corso di laurea avviene dopo aver ottenuto 3 F nello stesso modulo.
È possibile passare dal PAP al TP e viceversa?
Sì, esiste questa possibilità. Contatta il Responsabile del corso di laurea per avere maggiori informazioni in merito.
How many hours of work are equivalent to 1 ECTS?
One ECTS corresponds to 25-30 hours of work by students. These hours include lessons, practice exercises, group work and individual study. For example, a module with 6 ECTS requires a total of approximately 150-180 hours of work. Theoretical courses consist of roughly 1/3 of the hours in class and the remaining hours are dedicated to other activities. Practical courses, on the other hand, require more hours spent in class than on individual study.
Quali sono i requisiti per poter iniziare la tesi?
Frequenza a tempo pieno: avere certificato tutti i moduli dei primi quattro semestri del CdL, lingue escluse.
Avere ottenuto una valutazione superiore o uguale a FX nei moduli del quinto e sesto semestre.