Lugano, Switzerland
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:

Program Overview

Program Description:
Founded in 1969, Franklin University is an American-style liberal arts college located a short walk from the city center of Lugano. The cornerstone of the University's mission has been its commitment to courses that are international in perspective and cross-cultural in content. In addition, students and faculty come from every corner of the globe, further exposing students to other cultures and international experiences.

Franklin University emphasizes the importance of thinking internationally in terms of higher education. Emphasis, academic and social, on cross-cultural perspectives is applied to all the programs, at bachelor's, master's and foundation level, and is designed to affect the direction and meaning of a student's university years, life and career. With just over 400 students, the college can also boast small classes that emphasize strong student/teacher interaction. Most courses at the college are taught in English and are available in a variety of fields. A highlight of each semester is the Academic Travel Program. This two-week one-credit study tour of Europe is taught by a Franklin University faculty member. Past destinations have included France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Croatia and the United Kingdom.

Tuition, basic housing, basic two-week Academic Travel Program, medical insurance, and administrative fees.
Setting Description:
Franklin University is located in the Italian-speaking city of Lugano, which is the cultural, recreational, financial, and commercial hub of Switzerland's southernmost canton of Ticino. With a population of nearly 56,000, the city of Lugano is fun and sophisticated. Students live in fully furnished apartments located on or near campus. Meals may be prepared in the students' apartments or purchased at the college cafeteria. In addition, students have full access to all campus facilities, student clubs, and team sports