How to register for the Bachelor and Master's degree 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. Prepare the application dossier with the required documents
  3. Pay the application fee
  4. Upload the required documents to the applications portal
  5. Await for information regarding the admission exams
  6. Confirm your registration

1. Fill in the online application form

The online application form can be completed by following this link.

2. Prepare the application dossier with the required documents

The pre-registration dossier should include the following documents:

  1. Copy of high school diploma or equivalent qualification [1]
  2. Copy of any music study qualifications [1]
  3. Curriculum vitae et studiorum (academic)
  4. Copy of identity document (national identity card or passport)
  5. Letter of motivation
  6. Criminal record check (only for candidates for the CSI-DFA double degree Master's)
  7. Certification of B2 level proficiency in the Italian language (only for the Bachelor and Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy)[2]
  8. Copy of the application fee payment (only if paid by bank transfer)

Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

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.

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 (see point 4 below);
  2. Payment by bank transfer.

4. Upload the required documents to the applications portal before 31 March

In the applications portal, it is possible to upload all the documents of the application dossier, as well as it is possible to make the payment of the application fee with credit card or PayPal account. The uploading of the application dossier documents, as well as the payment of the application fee, must be completed before 31 March.

Access to the applications portal is possible in one of the following ways:

  1. after completion of the application form (automatic redirect)
  2. by clicking the “Applications portal” link in the confirmation email
  3. by logging into The login credentials consist of your email address plus the personal application code. The personal application code may be found in the registration form received by email (as an attached PDF file), on the top left of the first page, under the barcode.

Applications outside of the deadline can only be accepted if there are places available.

Note: candidates who don't have a scanner at home may use a (free) scanner app on their mobile phones or, if not available, take a high-quality picture of each document. All uploaded documents must be readable.

5. Await 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.

6. Confirm your registration

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 – Candidates who are sitting their diplomas (high school or conservatoire) 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.

Note 2 –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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