of Architecture


You don't speak Italian?


The first official language at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture is Italian, but several courses and many design studios are also held in English. Integrating those who don’t speak Italian into the school’s activities and fostering cultural and linguistic diversity are among the goals the school sets itself.

Here's what we do to help non-Italian speakers:

  • For new students in the BSc and MSc courses (including Erasmus students), reception at the Academy office with provision of basic information about the school
  • Intensive language course before the start of studies
  • Language course during the semester
  • Courses and studio sessions in English
  • Option of taking examinations in English or, by prior agreement with teachers, in French or German.
  • Public and internal lectures in English
  • Secretarial services in five languages

Before the semester starts

All of the non Italian-speaking students, researchers and professors are invited to participate free of charge.

The programme is organized in four modules:

  • Preparatory intensive course at absolute beginner level A1 (two weeks)
  • Preparatory intensive course at beginner level A1-A2 (two weeks)
  • Preparatory intensive course at elementary level A2 (two weeks)
  • Preparatory intensive course at intermediate level B1 (two weeks)


In Mendrisio (enroll here)
from 6 till 17 September 2021
schedule: morning and afternoon

Turconi Building, Via Turconi 25


In Lugano (enroll here)
from 7 till 18 February 2022
from Monday to Friday, morning and afternoon
Università della Svizzera italiana, via Buffi 13


During the semester


Università della Svizzera italiana also offers an official Italian language proficiency test twice a year in cooperation 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.

Italian courses

Various institutions organize courses in Italian for the purpose of attending university. For example the school listed below.

Other courses

ILI-Istituto di lingua e cultura italiana
via Basilea 22 / Gradinata Mimosa
6900 Lugano

Tel. +4191 950 8686
Fax +4191 950 8687