General information


The Department of Education and Learning of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) is one of the nine universities of applied sciences in the Swiss Confederation.

SUPSI provides bachelor’s and master’s degree courses, featuring cutting-edge teaching that combines theoretical-scientific education with vocational and application guidance. With its seven departments and affiliated schools, SUPSI offers 21 Bachelor programmes, 13 Master programmes and over 500 continuing education courses, and is attended by over 9,000 students from Ticino, Switzerland and other countries.

Special attention is paid to applied research: 200 on-going projects every year, with funding by the main European and national agencies and mandates from companies, foundations and institutions.

The Department of Education and Learning is heir to a centuries-old tradition dating back to 1837 when the first school for teachers was founded.

Since 2009 the Department of education and learning has been dealing with the
training of future teachers for kindergarten, primary, lower and upper secondary schools. This is the only institution in Switzerland which provides the full training
required to qualify teachers to work in the Swiss non-vocational school system, where courses are held entirely in Italian.


The Competence centre for Innovation and Research on Education

The Competence centre for Innovation and Research on Education Systems (CIRSE) is a competence centre of the Department of Education and Learning which carries out scientific research in the field of education.

The CIRSE has a permanent staff of 15 people, including researchers, assistants and administrative personnel and a department head.

Research activities are carried out to mandates and with funding from the main
national and European agencies, in cooperation with local institutions and
national and international scientific partners. The CIRSE staff also lecture on the
Department’s Bachelor and Master courses.



Locarno enjoys both a lakeside and alpine setting. The city rises on the shores of Lake Maggiore and exudes a picturesque atmosphere full of history. At its heart is Piazza Grande, famous for the film festival held there every year, and point of convergence of the old town’s narrow streets. The Old Town neighbourhood reveals surprising sights and interesting discoveries with its mansions, churches, the Visconti castle and peaceful winding alleys where tranquillity reigns.


By train/bus

It takes approximately 2 hours to reach Locarno from Milan or Zurich. Arriving from the north, take the international Basel-Milan or Zurich-Milan railway. From the south, take the Milan-Central line via Como. From Locarno Central Station take bus number 1 (in the direction of Ascona) or bus number 7 (in the direction of Losone), and alight at the Cinque Vie stop.



By car

Take the A2 Bellinzona Sud “Lago Maggiore” motorway exit for Locarno and at the end of the highway take the Mappo Morettina tunnel: at the end of the tunnel follow the signs for Locarno; at the large roundabout take the fifth exit and go along Via Simen to the traffic lights; turn right into Via San Francesco and drive to Piazza S. Francesco.


By air

Lugano-Agno is easily reached from any airport in the world, non-stop or with an
intermediate stop. Locarno is just a 50-minute drive or train ride from Lugano-Agno

Distance from the main airports:

  • Lugano/Agno: 40 km
  • Milano/Malpensa: 110 km
  • Milano/Linate: 130 km
  • Milano/Bergamo: 160 km
  • Zurigo/Kloten: 215 km

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