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ACADEMIC YEAR 2021 – 2022

The optional free of charge Italian Language courses are open to fully matriculated USI students or USI professionals only. Members of other Higher Institutions should investigate independent Italian Language schools.

Scroll down this page to discover all courses offered during the Academic year. Be aware of the fact that levels will only be activated if a minimum number of enrollments is reached.

Before enrolling for any course take the time to read the “Information sheet” for more specific information regarding the attendance policy and the course load. Please select the orange titles below.

Information sheet

Brochure Italian Language courses Academy of Architecture, Mendrisio Campus

Coronavirus

Measures and ordinances

There are various measures, rules and bans in place. They all have the same goal: to contain the coronavirus.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/massnahmen-des-bundes.html

Safety guidelines Swiss Federal Office of Public Health

Personal responsibility remains important. Always protect yourself and others by observing the rules on hygiene and social distancing.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/so-schuetzen-wir-uns.html

Mandatory quarantine

Travellers coming from certain countries will have to self-isolate for 10 days. List of countries and areas:

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html.

Self-assessment grid for language skills

The self-assessment grid illustrates the levels of proficiency described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It is useful to measure personal knowledge in connection with language acquisition. Assess your current skills level by using the grid below.

icon_pdfGriglia per l’autovalutazione (Portfolio europeo delle lingue)

icon_pdfSelf-assessment Grid (European Language Portfolio)

Entrance test

All higher level courses require knowledge of material covered in other courses. A definitive decision about admission can consequently be taken only after the entrance test organised the first day.

AUTUMN SEMESTER 2021

INTENSIVE COURSES OFFERED PRIOR TO THE SEMESTER START – AUTUMN SEMESTER

For description and prerequisites, select the orange title of the intensive course you want to apply for in the boxes below:

Absolute Beginners
Level A1
Mendrisio Campus, 6 – 16 September 2021 09:00- 15:30
Beginners 1
Level A1-A2
Mendrisio Campus, 6 – 16 September 2021 09:00 – 15:30
Elementary
Level A2
Mendrisio Campus, 6 – 16 September 2021 09:00 – 15:30
Lower intermediate
Level A2-B1
Mendrisio Campus, 6 – 16 September 2021 09:00 – 15:30

Select the orange title “Enrol in the intensive courses” in the box below to enrol in one of the intensive courses:

Enrol in the intensive courses – AUTUMN SEMESTER

Online applications enroll participants automatically. A detailed informative email confirming the enrolment will however be sent few days before the beginning of each course.

 

SEMESTER-TIME COURSES – AUTUMN SEMESTER

The free of charge Italian language courses are optional and therefore held at lunch break or in the evening. Before you register, check the timetable of your classes to make sure that they don’t conflict with the Italian course and decide which program you prefer, noon or evening.

Levels will only be activated if a minimum number of enrollments is reached.

For description and prerequisites, select the orange title of the semestral course you want to apply for in the boxes below:

Absolute Beginners
Level A1
Mendrisio Campus Mondays 19:00 – 20:30
Beginners 1
Level
A1-A2
Mendrisio Campus Mondays 19:00 – 20:30
Elementary 2
Level A2
Mendrisio Campus Mondays 20:30 – 22:00
Lower-intermediate
Level A2-B1
Mendrisio Campus Mondays 20:30 – 22:00
Intermediate
Level B1
Mendrisio Campus Mondays 20:30 – 22:00
Intermediate
Level B1-B2
Lugano Campus Wednesdays 18:30 – 20:00
Upper intermediate
Level B2
Lugano Campus Tuesdays 18:30 – 20:00

ORAL INTERACTION COURSES, LUGANO CAMPUS

Università della Svizzera italiana offers two Oral Interaction courses, one in level A2-B1 and one in level B1-B2. Both courses are held on Lugano Campus in Via Buffi 13, Lugano. For information and enrolment please see Faculty of Communication, Economics and Informatics page.

Select the orange title “Enrol in the semestral courses” in the box below to enrol in the semestral courses:

Enrol in the semester-time courses – AUTUMN SEMESTER

Online applications enroll participants automatically. A detailed informative email confirming the enrolment will however be sent few days before the beginning of each course.

SPRING SEMESTER 2022

INTENSIVE COURSES OFFERED PRIOR TO THE SEMESTER START – SPRING SEMESTER

Lugano Campus

For description and prerequisites, select the orange title of the intensive course you want to apply for in the boxes below:

Absolute Beginners
Level A1
Lugano Campus, 7 – 18 February 2022 08:30 – 14:30
Beginners 1
Level A1-A2
Lugano Campus, 7 – 18 February 2022 08:30 – 14:30
Elementary
Level A2
Lugano Campus, 7 – 18 February 2022 08:30 – 14:30
Lower intermediate
Level A2-B1
Lugano Campus, 7 – 18 February 2022 08:30 – 14:30

Select the orange title “Enrol in the intensive courses” in the box below to enrol in one of the intensive courses:

Enrol in the intensive courses – SPRING SEMESTER

Online applications enroll participants automatically. A detailed informative email confirming the enrolment will however be sent few days before the beginning of each course.

SEMESTER-TIME COURSES – SPRING SEMESTER

The free of charge Italian language courses are optional and therefore held at lunch break or in the evening. Before you register, check the timetable of your classes to make sure that they don’t conflict with the Italian course and decide which program you prefer, noon or evening.

Levels will only be activated if a minimum number of enrollments is reached.

For description and prerequisites, select the orange title of the semestral course you want to apply for in the boxes below:

Absolute Beginners
Level A1
Mendrisio Campus Mondays 19:00 – 20:30
Beginners 1
Level A1-A2
Mendrisio Campus Mondays 19:00 – 20:30
Elementary 2
Level A2
Mendrisio Campus Mondays 20:30 – 22:00
Lower intermediate
Level A2-B1
Mendrisio Campus Mondays 20:30 – 22:00
Intermediate
Level B1
Mendrisio Campus Mondays 20:30 – 22:00
Intermediate
Level B1-B2
Lugano Campus Wednesdays 18:30 – 20:00
Upper intermediate
Level B2
Lugano Campus Tuesdays 18:30 – 20:00

ORAL INTERACTION COURSES

Università della Svizzera italiana offers two Oral Interaction courses, one in level A2-B1 and one in level B2. Both courses are held on Lugano Campus in Via Buffi 13, Lugano. For information and enrolment please see Faculty of Communication, Economics and Informatics page.

Select the orange title “Enrol in the semestral courses” in the box below to enrol in the semestral courses:

Enrol in the semester-time courses – SPRING SEMESTER

The online application enrolls participants automatically. A detailed informative email confirming the enrolment will however be sent few days before the beginning of each course.

CONTACT

italiancourses@usi.ch

OFFICIAL ITALIAN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST PLIDA

Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano campus, also offers an official Italian language proficiency test twice a year (in April and October) in cooperatin with Società Dante Alighieri in Italy. The PLIDA Certificate attests competence in Italian as a foreign language according to a scale of six levels. The levels advance from A1 to C2 in progression of difficulty and correspond to the levels established by the Council of Europe.
For more information, please visit the webpage: http://www.usi.ch/en/esami_plida.htm.