Swiss mobility
Swiss mobility
To be able to see the operation of another Swiss university, to learn new things and take advantage of the richness and cultural and linguistic diversity of the country are the benefits of a period of mobility outside Ticino.

Students can generally conduct one or two consecutive semesters of study, consistent with their study program in SUPSI, at another Swiss university. 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 follows courses, very often there is not a perfect equivalence of the content. Moreover, there is a particular attention to the courses that must be taken with the importance of fundamental subjects for the continuation of 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.

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 mobility call

Financial Aspects
Although spending a semester in another university is a great opportunity with many advantages, it also involves costs: the student remains registered at SUPSI, thus will continue to pay the tuition fees. 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 delivery of the open competition 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 request and candidacy at the partner university


With the confirmation from the partner, the student 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: documentation

Meeting with the International Office
The meeting is organised ideally in August and January (according to the semester of departure) with all students in mobility.
The meeting aims to provide the latest information and to learn about other students in mobility.

Documents related to mobility

  • Certificate of arrival – to be sent by email as soon as you arrive at the host university: it must be signed and stamped by the International Office / contact for mobility of the partner university
  • Certificate of attendance – to be delivered at the end of the mobility period. It must be completed, endorsed and stamped by the International Office / contact for mobility of the partner university
  • Final report – This is the document in which the student summarises his experience. It must be delivered at the end of the mobility period with original signature
  • Mobility report - This is a document in which the student recounts some aspects of their mobility experience

Certification and return

The student usually sits exams to certify the courses followed at the host university. The partner university generally sends the results reported 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 partner university portal. The International service sends the original document to the departmental secretariat that registers the relevant credits as agreed in the Learning Agreement signed by the 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 their experience with the other mobility students from that semester.

... and finally

The SUPSI students have a very good reputation at the SUPSI partners and we are very pleased with this. Just because guests, we ask to all the exchange studento to be respectful of the regulations and the work of the people who are responsible for mobility from the outset. We therefore ask you to promptly inform the mobility manager if there are difficulties related to the content of the mobility and to contact them immediately if there is any obstacle to starting.
The International Office is at disposal for the various bureaucratic-administrative matters.

Frequently asked questions

  1. If the university I want to attend as a student in mobility is not part of the SUPSI partners, can I propose it equally?
  2. If the partner refuses my candidacy what should I do?
  3. If I decide not to leave, how do I proceed?