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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I get to Lugano and the USI campus?

The USI Lugano campus is easy to reach by bus, taxi, bike or foot from the Lugano train station. The train station has frequent connections from most of Europe, via Zurich, Luzern, and Milan. The closest airports are Zurich ZUR and Milan MXP, requiring a train connection from either, or shuttle bus ride from MXP.

What if the pandemic situation requires us to move to online only?

We have experience in moving from 100% on-site to 100% online learning, and we will do it again if necessary. This year we have planned for hybrid learning, where most courses have an online learning experience already planned. If we need to cancel all on-site or some on-site participation, we will handle it. No need to worry, we will work together to solve such issues if they emerge. We will not be able to help with plane or train tickets, as we have no authority there, but will provide any documentation needed regarding the change in the course format.

Do I need health insurance and visas to participate in the courses on site in Lugano?

It is the responsibility of non-Swiss residents to know the regulations for attending a summer school in Switzerland. On the e-Campus platform, we will provide links to regulations and offices where you can get the proper documentation needed. We will not coordinate visas, health insurance, or other travel or documents you need.

Where and how do it get access to readings, and do online networking with colleagues in the courses?

We use "e-Campus" for our online system for the summer school. After you are formally registered for a course, you will receive an email with your unique login credentials to access this platform. Participants should access it before the course begins, as recommended readings, course timetables, lists of participants, and all support documents will be posted there. We also provide e-networking options there before, during, and after the summer school. During the week, a help desk is on e-Campus, which aims to help with any technical difficulties you may have.

Are fellowships and scholarships available?

Yes, several organizations provide financial support to participate in the summer school. These are awarded after a review of all applications by the Steering Committee and decisions are both need- and merit-based. All information for scholarship applications 2022 can be found here. To apply, prepare your application, choose the courses you would like to take, and then apply. The new Call for Scholarships will be announced in early 2023.

Do I need a VISA?

You can find all information here. If no visa is required, please check the details because, you might need a biometrical passport, for example.

If you need a VISA: you may want to apply for a Schengen visa for a short-term stay (up to 90 days). The procedure varies a lot, depending on your country of residence or citizenship. You can find more information on the application procedure here.

Passport: a prerequisite to the application procedure or booking a flight is having a valid passport. In case you have to apply for a new passport, please do this immediately. We reserve the right to cancel the participation in the LSS for fellowship recipients if they have not applied for their  passport in due time.

Visa appointment: participants are advised to contact the scholarship program coordinator as soon as they have made their visa appointment, as we can provide  a letter of recommendation which will be sent directly to the Embassy.

Financial support in the visa process: it is not covered expense from the LSS or the scholarship providers. If this is critical for you, please contact us to discuss.

What if I need to cancel my participation?

The registration of participation is binding. If you have to cancel your registration before August 2, 2022, then 30% of the total fee will be retained. If you have to cancel your registration after August 2, 2022 no refund will be made. Payments will be refunded if the course is cancelled by the organizer. In that case, the organizer will have no further liability to the client. Registrations remain valid if the course has to be postponed or format changed.