COVID-19, campus protection provisions and the spring semester

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The COVID-19 situation remains uncertain and changing. USI is constantly following and adapting to the recommendations and indications of the federal and cantonal authorities and the coordinating body of the Swiss universities, swissuniversities. This page gives up to date information on the current campus regulations and the course of the semesters.




The spring semester 2021 will start on Monday, February 22 – in online mode, until further notice, and all the current protection provisions remain generally unchanged.

According to the latest announcements made by the Federal Council, universities in Switzerland shall continue with distance learning methods, which for USI means that courses in the first part of the spring term will be held online. On the iCorsi platform, students will find information on each course and relevant time schedules for the lectures held in synchronous mode (click here for the Bachelor’ course schedule, click here for the Master’s course schedule). All other current measures related to working methods, wearing facemasks, events, study spaces and libraries also remain unchanged. For the latter, authorities will make a final decision on Wednesday, February 24, on whether to allow a reopening - with restrictions - of the reading rooms beginning as of March 1. 

Safety provisions at a glance

Teaching and learning in the age of COVID19




Special provisions are in force at the Lugano and Mendrisio campuses to prevent and continue to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Provisions regulate the use of the spaces for a number of different situations, including ordinary activities, meetings, and events.

Read the provisions