The International Economics degree program equips students with the skills necessary to succeed in the international world of business and economics while emphasizing the skills to develop orderly and critical thinking. It stresses both theoretical and applied concepts, quantitative and qualitative reasoning, communication skills and basic computer literacy. We also expect our students to appreciate and draw from their knowledge of other disciplines, other cultures, and other languages.
The pluralistic approach taken by the department allows students to connect the content taught in the economics classes with the occurrences in the real world, thereby preparing them for diverse and challenging work environments. To concretize that connection, the Franklin Frank Program was created to foster service-learning and to develop a student "economy" that can provide a reflection on the nature of money and job creation. In today’s world of economic uncertainty, a deep understanding of economics is more vital than ever. A major in economics translates into job opportunities in various fields including teaching, government services, finance, banking, and insurance, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, public administration, and management. Many of those opportunities also offer important salaries.
Analyze and think critically about economic issues
The International Economics major prepares students to think critically about economic issues, with special emphasis on international and comparative matters. Greater economic integration and the process of “globalization” of economic and business affairs increasingly call for an international approach to economic education. The growing mobility of people and resources in a world of rapid technological progress in communications requires greater knowledge and understanding of the differences among people and economic systems that persist even in a highly integrated world. In this spirit, the International Economics degree gives students a solid background in the fundamentals of economic analysis, while adopting a pluralistic approach to economic education that exposes students to a wide spectrum of theories and systems of thought comprising the different facets of the discipline. Special emphasis is given to economic policy issues and economic institutions.
Students are made aware of the institutional differences that exist across countries, of their evolution and reforms, through an appreciation of the institutionally based nature of the market system. In this context, the discipline of economics is presented as a logical, and yet practical and creative field. The emphasis in Political Economy provides an opportunity for students to focus on a set of courses that analyze the complex inter-relationships between economics and politics in an increasingly globalized world. Political economy, as an interdisciplinary field of study, explores issues centered on the ways in which political institutions affect the performance of economic systems as well as the ways in which economic interests affect the form of institutions and policies. It entails a variety of approaches, to include the application of economic theories to political choice, historical analysis, and models drawn from game theory applied to political institutions.
International Economics Requirements
International Economics with an emphasis in Political Economy Requirements *All Bachelor of Arts degrees require a total of 120 credits consisting of Core Requirements, Major Requirements, and General Elective courses. Prerequisites may be required for courses outside of the major.
Undergraduate admission to Franklin University Switzerland is selective, competitive and based primarily on the following:
High School Record
SAT I or ACT Scores
By the time you start your application, you are expected to have completed a solid university preparatory program. We recommend a program that includes four years of English grammar, composition, and literature; three years of a foreign language; three years of history; three years of mathematics, and two years of science. Coursework in areas such as art, computer science, and music is also recommended.
Cost & Fees
US Nationals / Permanent Residents and Canadian Nationals Academic Tuition Includes Academic Travel (Required, two weeks each semester): $40,800 per year
All Other Nationalities Academic Tuition Includes Academic Travel(Required, two weeks each semester): CHF 49,100 per year
Scholarships & Financial Aid
At Franklin, we see financing your education as an investment and partnership among you, your family, and the University. About 70 percent of Franklin students receive financial aid in a variety of forms, such as need- and merit-based scholarships, government, and private aid and engagement incentives. Franklin offers scholarships, financial aid, and other initiatives, and various external programs are available based on citizenship and need assessment. Together we will create your financial aid package and carefully guide you through your financing options.
Visit Franklin University Switzerland and see why so many students feel at home on our campus and in the Lugano community.
We welcome you and your friends and family to experience what it means to live and learn in our safe, international environment.
Franklin University Switzerland is accredited in both the United States and Switzerland.
That means that your degree is truly international, with automatic validity in two countries, and that you have an advantage to pursuing an international career or furthering your study in the US or Switzerland. The doors opened by a Franklin education go far beyond these two countries, though, and most countries in the world will grant equivalence to a Franklin degree if you have your sights set elsewhere.
Franklin maintains this recognition through periodic quality assurance reviews by authorities from the US and Switzerland.
Where Our Graduates Go
Employers look for candidates with a reliable skill set, and Franklin students have it! Within a year of graduation, 95% of our students obtain full-time employment in a wide variety of sectors, as shown in the graphic. At Franklin, you’ll get the education you need and acquire the skills employers want.
Since we began in 1970, there are now over 7,000 alumni already making a difference in their home towns, and in new, exciting locations around the globe. Let FUS help you get where you want to go.
Just listen to what our alumni have to say.