How to apply for the Bachelor and Master's programmes

To register on the Bachelor and Master's degree programmes you must complete the following steps:

  1. Fill in the online application form
  2. Upload the required documents to the Applications portal
  3. Pay the application fee
  4. Wait for information regarding the admission exams
  5. Sit the entrance examination(s)
  6. Confirm your enrolment


Admissions calendar

  • Application deadline: 31 March
  • Admission exams: April
  • Admission confirmations are delivered during: May

In this page you’ll find all necessary information in order to successfully complete the application procedure for all Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes.

1. Fill the online application form

The online application form can be completed by clicking here



2. Upload the required documents to the applications portal

All required documents must be uploaded by 31 March. Access to the applications portal is possible in one of the following ways:

  1. as soon as you fill in the application form (automatic redirect);
  2. by clicking the link received by email with the pre-registration data;
  3. by heading to and login in with the access credentials provided via email.

Incomplete applications will not be evaluated (applications which are incomplete on 31 March). The University of Music reserves the right to ask for further documents (e.g. translations or certificates), should it find any of the documents in the application dossier to be lacking in clarity or comprehensibility, with particular attention to the diplomas.


Required documents

The following documents must be uploaded to the applications portal:

  1. Copy of ID or passport: the copy must be readable and both personal information and expiration date of the document must be clearly visible.
  2. Copy of access diploma to university studies: for the Bachelor’s programmes, the access diploma is the High School diploma (or equivalent), while for the Master’s programmes is the Bachelor’s diploma (or equivalent). Candidates who are sitting their diplomas (high school or Bachelor’s) in the current academic year should attach a self-certification that the qualification will be obtained by the start of the academic year of the programme being applied for.
  3. Copy of other musical diplomas: if available.
  4. Curriculum vitae et studiorum: by points, not in prose.
  5. Motivation letter: in which candidates state the motives that inspired them to choose the study programme they are applying to.
  6. Criminal record check:only for candidates for the CSI-DFA double Master's degree.
  7. Certification of B2 level proficiency in the Italian language:only for the Bachelor and Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy. [1]

Deadline: 31 March.


3. Pay the application fee

The application fee of 100.- CHF (plus transaction costs), can be paid in any of the following ways:

  1. Online payment with a credit card or PayPal account, through the applications portal. In this case it is not necessary to upload a transaction receipt in the portal.
  2. Payment by bank transfer. In this case, a copy of the transaction receipt must be uploaded to the applications portal. All information necessary for the transfer are available in the Fees and Charges page on our website.

Deadline: 31 March.


4. Wait for information regarding the admission exams

Admission exams take place in April at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano. Information about the admission exams will be promptly provided by email to all eligible candidates. Candidates who do not sit the admission exams are automatically excluded from the selection process.


5. Sit the entrance examination(s)

Entrance examinations take place during the month of April at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana in Lugano (Switzerland). Details on the different types of admission examinations can be found on the respective pages of our study programmes under the "Admission Exams" section:

On the following page you can check the calendar for the entrance examinations: LINK


6. Confirm your enrolment

Candidates who pass all the admission examinations will receive a letter of admission and a registration confirmation form by ordinary post and by email. This form must be signed and returned to the Academic Services Office of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana as instructed in the letter of admission. Once registration has been confirmed, you will officially become a student at the Conservatorio. Registration confirmation is binding.




Note 1 – For admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Music, the Bachelor of Arts in Music and Movement and the Master of Arts in Pedagogy, candidates who are not native speakers of Italian must present a certificate proving that their level of Italian language is at least B2 according to the Common European Framework for Modern Languages. (Celi 3 level, Students who are native speakers of Italian, French, German or English, or students who can demonstrate a level of B2 language proficiency in one of these languages according to the Common European Framework for Modern Languages, may apply for exemption from this rule. They must, however, demonstrate a sufficient level of knowledge of the Italian language and reach Celi3 level by the end of their first year of study.



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