Why take the double degree program?

The double degree program gives students the opportunity to study at, and receive a degree from two leading universities in Computational Science and Engineering. This offers a number of distinct advantages:

FAU student perspective

Educational Experience:

The Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) is a young university, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021. Despite this short history, USI has quickly established itself as a leading research university in a number of key fields in informatics. Students will have the opportunity to take courses from globally renowned researchers in Artificial Intelligence, Computational Science, and Data Science. Lugano is home not only to USI, but also to the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS), which houses the 12th largest computer in the world (4th in Europe), making Lugano a globally renowned hub for Computational Science. Students registered in the double degree program will be granted automatic acceptance to the Effective High-Performance Computing & Data Analytics with GPUs summer school with CSCS, giving them a unique opportunity to program one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world

Career Advancement:

From the perspective of an FAU student, the double degree program will provide you with a degree from a Swiss university, which will grant significant additional access to the Swiss job market. Switzerland is known for its extremely attractive opportunities for new-grads, including positions with strong on-the-job training programs, opportunities for career advancement, international mobility, and excellent starting salaries. In addition, as a student at USI, you will have full access to the university’s career service which frequently has job postings that are not available elsewhere, and provides multiple services to help students secure both jobs and internships in Switzerland and abroad.

La Dolce Vita:

The double degree program is also very attractive from a lifestyle perspective. Students will have the opportunity to live in Lugano, which is renowned as one of Europe’s top vacation destinations. Nestled in the southern region of the Swiss Alps, the Italian speaking Canton of Ticino offers endless opportunities for excursions to fascinating destinations both natural and cultural. More information is on the Ticino tourism, or the Swiss tourism websites.

USI student perspective

Educational Experience:

Founded in 1943, Friedrich–Alexander University (FAU) Erlangen–Nürnberg is established as one of the largest public research universities in Germany. Situated in the cities of Erlangen and Nuremberg, FAU is the second largest state university in Bavaria, Germany. By working together with some of the biggest names in research and industry, FAU sets knowledge in motion to be the catalyst for pioneering innovation that will shape the future. Being at the top of the league, FAU is consistently valued high in national and international rankings. (The double degree program at FAU offers several specialization areas called Technical Application Fields and provides education not only in mathematics and computer science but also in the field of engineering.)

Career Advancement:

FAU provides the unique Student Advice and Career Service, offering help to the students for free in a wide range of advice and consultation. The Central Career Service of the university provides information on the topics of applications, professional orientation, internships and career entry. As Erlangen is a business location, Company contact fairs are held on the campus, especially at the Technical Faculty, allowing students to get in direct contact with diverse corporations and establishments.

Live at the heart of Europe:

Student life at Erlangen gives you a wide range of opportunities to enjoy the urban flair. Attracting over a million visitors every year, Bergkirchweih in Erlangen is an event not to be missed. Venture your next feat with exciting destinations like the vibrant Berlin, historical Prague, cultural Munich and blissful Baden-Wurttemberg in all four directions. 

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