Franklin University Switzerland
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Franklin University Switzerland
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Franklin University Switzerland is a private liberal arts
college in Lugano, Switzerland. Founded in 1969, Franklin
offers Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees
accredited by relevant authorities both in Switzerland and in
the United States. Prospective American students can apply
to Franklin University Switzerland through the Common
Chartered in 1969, Franklin University Switzerland was born
out of the former Fleming College and founded as a non
profit, independent, postsecondary institution under the
name of Franklin College Switzerland. The institution is
named for Benjamin Franklin, the United States' first
ambassador to France, and it has stressed, since its
incarnation, the importance of international studies as the
basis for a strong, global education. Franklin College
Switzerland obtained United States accreditation from the
Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1975, confirmed
most recently in 2010.
Having obtained Swiss programlevel accreditation in 2005, Franklin was granted full
university institution accreditation by the Swiss University Conference in 2013,
making it the only university
in the world to be accredited in the United States and Switzerland. Swiss accreditation as a university
institution gave Franklin the right to call itself a university in Switzerland, and in April 2014, the institution
officially changed its name and celebrated its inauguration as Franklin University Switzerland.
The main campus (formally Kaletsch Campus), acquired in 1985, is composed of a private villa with attached
library, auditorium, and classroom wing, surrounded by a wooded park. In 2005 the university acquired an
additional campus nearby, adding administrative, educational, athletic, social and residential capacity. The
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Airone is located in an old hotel directly between main campus
and North Campus with singles and doubles. All rooms have their
own bathrooms and some of which have kitchenettes. The ground
floor houses the office of Student Life, and one of the student
lounges, the "Falcon's Nest".
Alba, located in Lugano 5–10 minutes from North Campus on the
Ciliegi, located directly across via Ponte Tresa from Airone. This
is the smallest residence on campus, in apartmentstyle doubles.
Leonardo da Vinci (LDV), located on the grounds of North
Campus, this is the only allfreshman student dormitory.
Giardino, nestled below the Sorengo monastery, this residence is
mainly multiples (46 bedrooms and a shared kitchen) with some
triples for freshmen.
Girasole, located in Lugano, has mostly single and double rooms
as well as one triple. The Alpine Living & Learning Community
is also located in one wing of the building. Every room contains a
Panera, located on the main campus grounds next to the Grotto
(one of two dining halls) with apartmentstyle triples. Each
apartment consists of four rooms: a bedroom, bathroom (with bathtub), separate kitchen, and a large
common room with three desks and a couch. The Panera Lawn is a common meeting place and hang out
for many students, no matter what residence they live in.
The final two buildings are the asoflate unnamed New Buildings (A and B) located across via Ponte
Tresa from Panera. New Building A has four bedroom apartmentstyle housing, while New Building B
has two, three, four, five, and six bedroom apartments, some of which are two stories. All rooms in both
New Buildings have arguably the biggest kitchens on campus with at least one bathroom (with a shower)
per two students. New Building Bside offers a noisefree, substancefree rooming option with an
emphasis on healthy living for students.
Programs of study
Franklin University Switzerland offers curricula leading to a program Certificate in English Language
Teaching, the Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees:
Art History and Visual Culture
Communication and Media Studies
Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies
History and Literature
International Banking and Finance
International Economics with an emphasis in Political Economy
International Management with an emphasis in Finance
International Management with an emphasis in Marketing
International Relations with an emphasis in Political Economy
Visual and Communication Arts with an emphasis in Fashion Studies
Visual and Communication Arts with an emphasis in Studios Art
The university also allows for a combinedmajor program, in which a student chooses two of the above to earn
one degree, as opposed to a doublemajor.
Franklin's curriculum promotes international awareness and critical thinking, and emphasizes an
interdisciplinary and liberal arts perspective. The majority of courses are taught in English, with the exception
of language courses, including an upperlevel language courses on film, culture and literature. Students must
also achieve proficiency in either Italian, French, Spanish, or German, through fulfilling a 3year language
course sequence. In addition to the language requirement at Franklin, a core curriculum consisting of
Intercultural Competencies (humanities and arts), International Engagement (political science, history and
economics) and Social Responsibility (sciences and cultural studies) is at the forefront to the curriculum. A full
year's worth of study in these three categories is a requirement. Courses in mathematics and writing are
required as well.
The most popular majors at Franklin are International Management, International Relations, Environmental
Studies, Communications and Media Studies and International Economics, respectively.
The average class size at Franklin is 16, with no class exceeding 30 students.
Academic Travel Program
The Academic Travel Program is an integrated part of the Franklin University Switzerland curriculum.
Academic Travel is a credit bearing degree requirement, and two weeks of travel each semester represent an
extension of the students’ class work.
Travel is led by faculty members and relates to the academic expertise
of the individual professor and to his or her knowledge of a given country or area.
All students, including semester and yearabroad students, are required to participate in the Academic Travel
Program. Academic Travel is not only a graduation requirement but an integral component of each semester of
study. The graduation requirement for Academic Travel is fulfilled by participating in six travel programs.
Students usually fulfill the requirement by participating each semester of their first three years at Franklin.
Students who enter with Sophomore standing must participate each semester in which they are enrolled except
their senior year.
The travels are themed around academic studies relating both to the location visited and the professor guiding
the travel. Economics, art history, literature, business and marketing, international relations, and history are
among common themes investigated through travels.
Past Academic Travel destinations have included: the Baltic states, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark,
England, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Iceland, India, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland,
Italy, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland,
Turkey, and the United States.
Student life at Franklin consists of an emphasis on independent travel within Switzerland and Greater Europe,
and of student associations, residential life, and interaction with SwissItalian culture in Lugano.
Franklin University Switzerland offers students a wide variety of sports and fitness programs, as well as
activities to promote a healthy lifestyle. Some oncampus sports facilities include the Tone Athletic Center, two
volleyball courts, a basketball court and a soccer field. Organized athletic activities include Men's and Women's
Soccer, Men's and Women's Basketball, and Lugano Street Dance. Students are also encouraged to start athletic
programs. Past studentled activities have included Field Hockey, Yoga, Crossfit, and SelfDefense.
Since 20002001, with an exception of a bye year in 20012002, Franklin's men's soccer team has competed in
the National Swiss Division (5th League). The team competes with other clubs in the league from the Canton of
Ticino. Franklin University Switzerland is currently the reserve team for the local club FC Paradiso, making it
Franklin FC Paradiso II. In Spring 2012 the team won its fourth Fair Play award. The team trains twice a week
and competes on the weekends in both the fall and spring semesters home games are played on Friday nights.
The players have a midseason break from December to February. During this period the school hosts an indoor
soccer tournament open to all Franklin students, faculty and staff.
Paolo Bennardo and Giovanni Sacheli, members of Searcus Swiss Sagl, held the search marketing course
in 2016. The project was divided into two thematic areas, as part of a test for a new mediaoriented training
course focusing on web marketing and eCommerce. The first part focused on the theory and practice of
SEO. The second part was devoted to PPC with Google AdWords.
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