Several SUPSI courses require to follow practical modules (internships) with partners in the professional world. It is also possible to carry out those internships abroad thanks to the collaboration with partner universities or institutions.
In addition, some degree courses give the possibility to follow internships during the summer break, during the holidays or during the semester of thesis preparation.
This mobility, which must be for at least 2 months, can be financed through the SEMP program.

There are two kind of traineeship possibilities:

  • curricular traineeship (with ECTS)
    Information will be given during the first academic year by the department mobility coordinator. Those internship contents must be decided and recognised by the department for the purpose of their recognition and the hosting structures are  existing SUPSI partners.
  • non-curricular traineeship (no ECTS)
    Although with more elastic constraints, non-curricular internships must also be approved by the departmental mobility coordinator. The search of the internship is responsability of the student.

The mobility project
Doing a mobility for internships in another country means planning and building a project that takes 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 best prepare, we have drawn up a description of the main steps of this process.

Students interested in a traineeship abroad must participate to the annual mobility call.


The SEMP program provides support to mobility students with a scholarship that depends on the actual length of the traineeship.

  • Monthly scholarship of CHF440

However, this is calculated per effective internship days. Therefore to determine the amount of the grant you must divide the monthly scholarship of CHF 440 by the days of the month (a month always corresponds to 30 days) and then multiply the result by the actual days of the traineeship.

These rates are valid for the academic year 2022/2023, as per the Swiss agency Movetia directives, and subject to the number of scholarships received by SUPSI supported by the SEMP programme.

Mobility for traineeship implies a minimum of 2 full months (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 traineeship 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 in the open competition are the first steps for your mobility project.
Collection of information and participation in the annual mobility call

Financial aspects

Although it is a great opportunity with many advantages, it also involves costs: the student remains registered with SUPSI, and will continue to pay the tuition in Ticino and conduct an internship abroad.
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 apply for a financial support from the department and/or from SUPSI Management. This request must be submitted at the same time of the mobility call application. It will be then evaluated within the department.
Requests received after one month from the application to the mobility call can no longer be taken into account.

Dossier evaluation

The request to be able to carry out a period of mobility must be accepted by the head of the degree course.

For curricular internships, if accepted, the International Office and the departmental mobility coordinator shall activate contact with the selected partner to whom the student will send, in some cases, their application dossier.

For non-curricular internships, it must be first confirmed by the degree course: once the internship is found, the contents of this will be verified with the departmental mobility coordinator and, if accepted, prepare of the SEMP documentation.


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 recognition, it is important to pay maximum attention to the learning agreement.

Confirmation and definition of mobility details

  • curricular internships organised through a partner university
    The student will receive all the necessary information from the partner university, regarding language courses, accommodation, permit etc. Would you arrange them promptly.
    You also have to check your health insurance situation and fill in SUPSI insurance coverage statement.
  • non-curricular internships
    When you get the confirmation from the host instutution, you must immediately inform your departmental mobility coordinator who will deal with the International Office for all bureaucratic matters related to SEMP.

Before departure

Approximately one month before the scheduled departure, the International Office organise a meeting with the students.

The student will have to prepare following documentation:

  • financial agreement
  • declaration of insurance coverage

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.

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 the student has to ask to the partner institution to fill in and sign the Certificate of arrival.
It is responsibility of the student to provide for the signature and send a copy to SUPSI International Office.

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 exchange period has been completed, students should 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

According to the type and mode of internship (curriculum vitae, degree course), a document is compiled for the recognition of credits, which is usually sent to the departmental coordinator, who is responsible for finalising the documentation. Very often, upon return from mobility, a meeting is set up where the results of the internship are discussed.

For non-curricular internships, this document is not compulsory; however, it is advisable to be issued a certificate of internship, which can be used after the end of the studies, perhaps within a dossier of job application. If such a document is issued, a copy must be sent to the International Office.

Upon return a meeting will be organised for the delivery of the documents and to share experiences with other mobility students.

... 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.