Students can generally carry out one or two consecutive semesters of study, consistent with their own curriculum in SUPSI, at another European university partner of SUPSI with which our institution has inter-institutional agreements.
The student remains registered with SUPSI and will continue to pay their tuition.

The exchange semesters are identified by the individual degree courses and can therefore vary from course to course. This is because, although during a mobility the student attends courses, very often there isn't a perfect equivalence of the content. Moreover, there is a particular attention to the courses that must be followed in the place with the significance of fundamental subjects for the continuation of the studies in SUPSI.

The Mobility project
To participate in a mobility project at another university means planning and building a project which requires considerable time. The departure is the last piece of this experience that begins with the idea of wanting to leave for an experience outside the regional boundaries. This follows many small steps.
In order to better prepare, we have drawn up a description of the main stages of this process.


From the academic year 2021/2022 the SEMP programme provides support to students on the move with three different types of flat-rate scholarships, according to the length of the course attended:

  • Mini flat-rate scholarship (2-3 months): CHF 1’330
  • Flat-rate half-yearly scholarship: CHF 1’900
  • Flat-rate academic year scholarship: CHF3’800

These rates are valid for the academic year 2022/2032, as per the Swiss agency Movetia directives, subject to the number of scholarships received by SUPSI supported by the SEMP programme.

Mobility for study implies a minimum of 2 complete months study (60 days).

The scholarship will be paid as follows, in compliance with the financing period:

  • 90% at the beginning of the mobility
  • 10% at the end of the mobility

The payment will be carried out after delivery of all the documentation listed in the financial agreement.

Take notice
Please be reminded that in order to receive the scholarship it is compulsory for the student to perform the mobility outside his country of residence.

Documentation SEMP Program

Preparation of the dossier

Gathering information by participating in the informative meeting and then furthering this with personal research and participating to the selection process are the first steps for your mobility project.

Collection of information and participation in the selection process

Financial aspects

Although spending a semester in another university is great opportunity with many advantages, it also involves costs: the student remains registered at SUPSI so will therefore continue to pay the tuition in Ticino, being able to attend another school for free.

In support of the mobility period, the Swiss Exchange and Mobility agency Movetia manages and allocates scholarships to the universities participating in the SEMP programme.

Moreover, there is the possibility, for people with modest income, to be able to apply for possible support from the department and/or SUPSI management. In this case, at the time of delivery of the application form, the specific request that will be evaluated within the department must be compiled with the contact person. Requests arriving after one month from the deadline of the selection process notice will no longer be considered.

Dossier evaluation

The request to be able to carry out a period of mobility must be accepted by the relative degree course. If so, the International Office is activated immediately to contact the selected partner to which the student will send their application dossier.

Evaluation of the application and application at the partner University


When the student receives the partner confirmation he/she can begin to arrange all practical issues such as accommodation, necessary permits and other formalities.
For the purpose of mobility approval, it is important to pay maximum attention to the learning agreement.

Defining mobility details

Before departure

By signing the financial agreement, students undertake to comply with the entire procedure and to deliver the relevant documentation.

The student is responsible for organising their stay. In particular, the student is informed about the possibilities of accommodation offered by the host institution, on the insurance cover abroad, on possible visa and permit procedures, on travel and on public transport.
Regarding insurance coverage, the student is required to read and fill in the declaration of insurance coverage issued by SUPSI.

You can normally find all the information on the webpage of the host institute. You can also obtain support from the Erasmus Student Network Association or the tourist office of your destination.

In order to apply for mobility for study or internship purposes, a Swiss criminal record may be required by the school or company/institute in the host country.
For Italian students you can follow those instructions.

During your stay

Upon arrival of the student, the partner institution, usually the International Office, must sign the Certificate of arrival.
It is responsibility of the student to provide for the signature and send a copy to SUPSI International Office.

If there are changes to be made on the Learning Agreement, students are required to contact the departmental mobility coordinator so that the changes are approved.
A copy of the final Learning Agreement must be submitted to the International Office within one month from the beginning of the courses. The original document remains to the student.

Once the study period has been completed and exams taken, students should receive or ask for the Certificate of attendance filled in and signed by the host institution. Students are required to keep the original document and complete the Final report. Both documents must be delivered to the SUPSI International Office once the stay abroad has been completed.

Certification and return

The student usually sits exams to certify the courses followed at the host university. The partner university generally sends the results on the Transcript of Records to SUPSI International Office or directly to the student, these are also likely available for consultation by all mobility students on the portal of the partner university. The International service sends the original document to the departmental secretariat that registers the credits as agreed in the Learning Agreement signed by all parties and informs the departmental coordinator. If it is the student who receives the Transcript of records directly, it must be delivered to the secretariat and communicated to the departmental coordinator who will inform the International Office.


Upon return a meeting will be organised for the delivery of the documents and to share the experience with other students who where abroad during the same semester.

... and finally

SUPSI students have a very good reputation within its partners and we are very pleased with this.
As guests, please be respectful of the regulations and of the work of the people in charge of your mobility from the very beginning. Please inform the mobility officer in good time if there are any difficulties related to the content of your mobility and contact him/her immediately if you are prevented from leaving.
The International Office is at your disposal for various bureaucratic-administrative matters.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. If the university I want to attend as a mobility student is not a SUPSI partner, can I suggest it?
  2. If the partner refuses my application, what should I do?
  3. If I decide not to leave, what do I do?