Study grants

The main study grants to which students at the University School of Music (SUM) of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana (CSI) have access are:

  • Scholarships for 2022-2023 applicants: the SUM establishes scholarships for applicants on an annual basis. Information on these scholarships is available on this page during the admissions period.
  • Study aid for active students: this type of support is provided by the CSI's network of philanthropic partners. Information on these scholarships is available on this page.
  • External scholarships: the Swiss Federal Government, as well as many Swiss foundations and associations, support university students with financial aid of various kinds. More information is available at the bottom of this page. 

 

 

Scholarships for 2022-2023 applicants

For the academic year 2022-2023, the SUM Scholarship Fund is offering 6 scholarships to cover tuition fees, administrative fees and examination fees (excluding extraordinary or remedial examinations) for the duration of studies, divided as follows:

  • Bachelor’s: 3 scholarships for the entire Bachelor's degree course over 3 years
  • Master's: 3 scholarships for the entire course of study Master's degree over 2 years

Scholarships will be awarded to candidates who apply and who have obtained the best marks in the entrance examination, giving priority to those with the greatest financial difficulties. Both first-time applicants as well as applicants who have previously studied at the SUM and are applying to a new course of study, are eligible.

How to apply

  1. Fill in the online application form
  2. Email the following attachments to servizi.accademici@conservatorio.ch by the application deadline:
    • letter of motivation
    • curriculum vitae
    • letter of recommendation from one or more teachers
    • taxation of parents/legal guardians, or of the applicant (if financially independent).

Application deadline

31 March 2022
Incomplete applications and applications received after this date will not be evaluated.

Conditions

  1. Applicants admitted to SUM for the academic year 2022-2023 who do not receive one of these scholarships will automatically be placed on the list of applicants for Study Aid (see next paragraph).
  2. Data of applicants who will not be admitted or who do not confirm their enrolment in SUM for the academic year 2022-2023 will be promptly deleted.
  3. The scholarships awarded may be revoked at any time in the event of: abandonment or suspension of studies, irregular attendance, poor performance, disciplinary problems. The amounts provided will be paid every six months after the necessary checks have been carried out.

 

 

Study aid for active students

SUM encourages currently enrolled students who are undergoing a period of financial difficulties to apply for financial aid for the 2022-2023 academic year. Study aid will be provided by the CSI network of philanthropic partners, giving preference to deserving students with the greatest financial difficulties.

How to apply

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Email the following attachments to servizi.accademici@conservatorio.ch by the application deadline:
    • letter of motivation
    • curriculum vitae
    • letter of recommendation from one or more teachers
    • taxation of parents/legal guardians, or of the applicant (if financially independent).

Application deadline

31 March 2022
Incomplete applications and applications received after this date will not be evaluated.

Conditions

The results will be communicated by the beginning of the academic year 2022-2023.
The scholarship guidelines apply, available in PDF format here:

Guidelines (.pdf)

 

External scholarships

 

ESKAS federal scholarships

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for foreign scholars and artists are awarded by the ESKAS Commission to foreign students from a list of countries established by the Confederation. More information is available on the website of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI):

ESKAS scholarships  

 

Grants awarded by Swiss foundations and associations

Foundations operate according to their own criteria and differ according to their statutes. In addition to age limits (usually under 26), variables such as proven financial need, nationality, course of study, instrument, etc. are evaluated.

SUM offers its students access to a confidential portal, where they can find up-to-date information on the foundations with which the school is in contact. There are also examples of documents that can be used to help you fill in an application for a grant.

Study grants portal