Application procedures for Bachelor and Master Programmes
In order to apply for one of our Bachelor or Master programmes, candidates need to make sure they follow these steps:
- Fill in the online application form
- Prepare the application dossier
- Pay the application fee
- Send the dossier to the Conservatorio before March 31
- Wait for the official invitation to the admission exam
Fill in the online application form
The online application form may be found through this link
Once candidates will have filled the online application form, it is necessary to print out the application module (a PDF file that can be downloaded following the indications on the web page), date it and sign it.
Prepare the application dossier
The application dossier must contain the following documents:
- The signed application module (as a result of step 1)
- Copy of high school diploma, or equivalent title
- Copy of musical diploma / university degree (if applicable)1
- Curriculum vitae et studiorum (academic CV)
- Copy of valid passport or ID
- Motivation letter
- Certificate of criminal records (only for candidates to the double Master CSI-DFA)
- Certificate of B2 level for Italian (only for candidates who apply to a BA or MA in Pedagogy, see Note 1 – Linguistic requirements below)
- Copy of successful payment of application fee
- Dossiers that don’t contain all the above mentioned material, will be ignored
Pay the application fee
The payment of the CHF 100.- (one hundred Swiss francs) application fee, may be made by one of these methods:
Online: with credit card or PayPal account through this link
Bank transfer: detailed information on the Conservatorio’s bank account may be found in this link
Send the dossier to the Conservatorio before March 31
The dossier must be sent by standard or registered post to the Secretary Office of the Conservatorio before March 31, to the following address:
Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana
Secretary Office (applications)
Via Soldino 9
All applications that arrive after the deadline may be accepted only under the condition that places are still available.
Wait for the official invitation for the admission exam
Admission exams generally take place during the month of April at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano. Candidates who fulfil admission requirements based on their application dossier, will be informed in due time about the date and time of their admission exam. It is also possible to have a preview of the admissions calendar on this page of our website, in this link
Candidates who do not show up for their admission exam will be excluded from the application process.
Note 1 – Linguistic requirements
For admission to the BA in Music, the BA in Music and Movement and the MA in Music Pedagogy, candidates who are not native speakers of Italian are required to submit proof of attainment of Italian language level B2 as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (level CELI 3, http://www.cvcl.it).
Candidates who are native speakers of French, German or English, or who can demonstrate attainment of competence in one of these languages to level B2 as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, can request exemption from this requirement. They must, however, demonstrate sufficient knowledge of Italian and attain level CELI 3 by the end of their first year of study.
Note 2 – confirmation of enrolment
Candidates who have successfully passed the admissions exam will receive by standard post and via e-mail, the official enrolment letter and a confirmation module. This module should be signed and sent back to the Conservatorio before the specified deadline. Once candidates have confirmed their enrolment by signing the module, they will officially become students of the Conservatorio.
 For those who are about to obtain their diploma (high school or conservatory) during the on-going academic year, it is necessary to attach a self-declaration in which it is stated that the necessary title will be obtained before the start of the academic year for which the candidate is applying.
 We also accept previews via e-mail when particular conditions apply, but we will rely only on the hard copy version