Franklin - A US College in Switzerland

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Switzerland: Lugano


Franklin College Switzerland is a US accredited four-year BA degree granting, residential college located in Lugano, Switzerland. Lugano is the principal city in the southern most tri-lingual canton of Ticino. The College overlooks Lake Lugano, and the foothills of the Swiss Alps. Just minutes from the Italian border, the College is an hour from Milan, and is ideally located for weekend travel to Florence, Venice, Nice, Venice, Zurich and Geneva. As a degree granting institution, the College offers a full range of academic course work, and welcomes study abroad students for the fall and spring semesters, and for summer sessions. Semesters begin in late August and mid-January. There are two summer sessions, in May/June and July/August. All credits are transferable to US based colleges and universities.

A special feature of the program is a two-week academic travel program each semester, to destinations in Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, Asia and the US. There are over 50 nationalities represented in the student body which provides a unique international and cross-cultural dimension to the program.


Franklin College is located on a hillside above Lugano, Switzerland, the principal city of Switzerland's southernmost Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. An American liberal arts institution in an international environment, Franklin is fully accredited in the United States by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and in Switzerland by the Swiss University Conference.

Franklin places extraordinary emphasis on cross-cultural perspectives, an emphasis designed to affect the direction and meaning of a student's college experience, life and career. A commitment to courses of study that are international in perspective and cross-cultural in content has been the cornerstone of our educational mission since our founding in 1969. In fact, we classify this need as the international imperative in education.

Franklin College awards the Bachelor of Arts degree in a number of academic areas, each enhanced by the opportunities afforded by our European location, as well as the exemplary qualifications of our faculty.


Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year


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Degree Level

Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

Subject Areas

  • Art History
  • Art/fine Arts
  • Business Admin. & Management
  • Communications
  • Comparative Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Culture
  • Economics
  • English As A Second Language
  • Environmental Studies
  • Finance
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Internship Programs
  • Italian
  • Liberal Arts
  • Literature
  • Marketing, Ad., & Pr
  • Political Science/politics
  • Spanish
  • Visual Arts

Cost in US$:

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Program Fees Include:

* Tuition fees
* Housing
* 2-week academic travel per semester

Experience Required


Application Process Involves

  • Letters of Reference
  • Transcript
  • Online Application
  • Essay
  • Disciplinary Clearance Form