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Education in Lugano

Have you decided that life in Lugano is the right choice for you? A popular celebrity resort, the city has a lot to offer, including a very high standard of life. Find out more about Lugano in general, its public transportation options, and education facilities, here in our InterNations Expat Guide.

Learning Step by Step in the Ticinese Education System

In the education system of the Ticino canton, children begin their schooling by attending two to three years of kindergarten. This preschool is mandatory staring at the age of four and then followed by five years of primary school starting at the age of six. After this, students attend lower-secondary school, referred to as middle school (scuola media), for four more years.

Following eleven years of compulsory schooling, students can then choose to attend either an upper-secondary school (liceo), a vocational school (scuole professionali), or take up an apprenticeship (apprendistato). Students who have complete four years of upper-secondary school can go on to study at a university or college.

Options for International Students

For the children of expats, it can be difficult to settle into local schools, especially if they do not speak the language. Education in the canton of Ticino is carried out in Italian. If this is not suitable, or your child has already begun their education elsewhere, expat kids can continue their education at an international school.

While there are no international schools directly in Lugano, parents can find the following nearby:

Higher Education in Lugano

Lugano is the site of many different institutions of higher education. One is the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), also known as the University of Lugano. This university excels in architecture, informatics, economics, and communication sciences. It was founded in 1996 and has close links with universities in northern Italy.

Another is the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), which offers more than 30 different bachelor and master courses and has a focus on linking theoretical knowledge to practical application.

Alternatively, students can attend Franklin University Switzerland. This liberal arts institution located in Lugano offers an American four-year college education. The college is fully accredited in both the United States and Switzerland.


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