** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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 college'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. With just over four hundred students, the college can also boast small classes that emphasize strong student to teacher interaction. Most courses are taught in English. A highlight of each semester is the Academic Travel Program. This two-week study tour of Europe is taught by a Franklin University faculty member and provides students with one additional credit. Past destinations have included France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Franklin University is located in the city of Lugano, which is the cultural, recreational, financial, and commercial hub of Switzerland. The city is fun and sophisticated, with dozens of outdoor activities, concert halls, museums, shops, and restaurants.
The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership of colleges and universities—two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign—encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators, which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community.