Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies

Franklin University Switzerland

Program Description

Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies

Franklin University Switzerland

Immerse yourself in Italian language and culture

Due to the University’s unique location in the Italian-speaking world, the Italian Studies major at Franklin is designed, first and foremost, to cultivate students’ abilities to communicate, interact and critically engage with the local culture. To do this, students seeking a bachelor's degree in Italian Studies complete a three-year sequence of language courses, the principal goal of which is the acquisition of advanced competency in Italian speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Once the students’ language-specific requirements are fulfilled, they are invited to explore a variety of topics in Italian culture, with an emphasis on Italian literature and film studies. Included in the menu of possible classes which count towards the fulfillment of a major in Italian Studies are courses dealing with topics in Communication, European History, Art History, Film Studies, and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies. Prior to enrolling in a final, required Senior Seminar in Italian Studies, majors will be strongly encouraged to complete at least two Academic Travel courses to Italy.

Italian Studies 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.Admission CriteriaUndergraduate admission to Franklin University Switzerland is selective, competitive and based primarily on the following:

  • High School Record
  • Personal Recommendations
  • 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

Italian Language (18 Credits)

Required courses (or equivalent proficiency):

ITA 100 Introductory Italian, Part I
ITA 101 Introductory Italian, Part II
ITA 200 Intermediate Italian, Part I
ITA 201 Intermediate Italian, Part II
ITA 300 Advanced Italian, Part I
ITA 301 Advanced Italian, Part II Upper-Level Italian Language or Italian Studies (18 Credits) At least 9 credits must be Italian Language courses

ITA 302 Advanced Italian Conversation
ITA 350 Topics in Italian Cultural Studies
ITA 370 Readings in Italian Literature
ITA 373 Italian Film and Society
ITA 374 Italian Cinema
ITA 375 Italian Film Adaptation: From the Page to the Screen
IS 100T The Making of an Eternal City: Rome
IS 120T Italian Tales of Courtship, Beauty, and Power
IS 274 Italian and Italian-American Cinema
IS 275 Modern Italian Poetry
IS 276 The Italian Short Story
IS 276T The Italian Short Story: Pianura Padana
IS 277 The Italian Novel: Redefining the Canon
IS 278 Italian Genre Crossings and Hybridity
IS 279 Italian Myths and Counter-Myths of America
IS 280T Italian Cinema on Location: Projections of the Eternal City in Italian Film and Cultural Studies

Note: Italian Studies courses are taught in English. Major Electives (6 Credits) Two of the following:

AHT 231 Renaissance Art and Architecture in Italy
AHT 233 Venice and the East
COM 105 Introduction to Communication and Media Studies
COM 201 Fundamentals of Media Studies and Criticism
ENV 230T Freshwater Conservation
LC 100 The Stories We Live By
LC 110 Reading Cultures: Approaches to Cultural Studies
CLCS 200 Gender and Sexuality in a Global Context
CLCS 248T European Food Systems: You Are Where You Eat
ENV 350 Swiss Environments
HIS 202T History of Switzerland
HIS 204 History of Italy from the Renaissance to the Present
HIS 351 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Europe and the Middle East
POL 223T Italy: Politics, Culture, and Society
STA 209 The Video Essay: From Conception to Projection
STA 279 The Video Essay and Photography on Location in Europe
STA 275T Studies in Ceramics: Umbria
STA 280T Adventures in Printmaking: Northern and Central Italy
STA 330T Umbria: A Warm Refuge for Inspiration: Art, Music, and Life in Umbria, the Heart of Italy
STA 331T Umbria: Sustaining Art in the Heart of Italy Capstone Requirement (6 Credits) IS 497 Senior Seminar in Italian Studies

One of the following:

IS 498 Internship in Italian Studies
IS 499 Thesis in Italian Studies

Tuition and Fees

US nationals or permanent residents / Canadian nationals

Cost of Attendance

The actual cost of attendance will vary depending on circumstances, based on how far you have to travel to reach Franklin, the choices you make regarding meals and housing, and more. The costs can be broken into Direct vs. Indirect costs (see below).

Direct Costs

These will appear on the billing statement each semester and may vary based on the cost of housing and meal plan the student chooses. These costs include tuition, university fees, room, and board as well as Swiss health insurance. Exact amounts or averages for these costs (for example for housing or insurance) are provided below.

Tuition and Fees Per Semester Per Year
Academic Tuition
Includes Academic Travel
(Required, two weeks each semester)
$20,400 $40,800
Annual University Fees $710 $1,420
Orientation Fee
(new incoming students only)
$500 $500
Housing and Meals
Average Residence Hall $5,045 $10,090
Meal Plan
(required for all first-year students)
$1,600 $3,200
Health Insurance
Average Insurance for Non-Swiss citizens* $790 $1,580

*Swiss law requires that all students are covered by Swiss medical insurance. The cost varies according to the age of the student. For information regarding the cost of Swiss medical insurance for 2017-2018 please see Health and Counseling.

Indirect Costs

These costs are incidental to the student’s attendance and are fully managed by the student and their family. These costs include travel costs to/from Franklin each semester, the purchase of books and supplies as well as personal costs for weekend travel, toiletries, and such. Each family can reduce these costs by planning travel early, sending care packages from home that include lower-priced toiletries, buying used books and more.

Typical Expenses Per Semester Per Year
Books and other materials $700 $1,400
Travel to and from campus (average cost of an intercontinental flight) $1,000 $2,000
Average cost for personal expenses, off-campus meals, independent travel (based on student surveys) $1,500 $3,000

Total Average Cost of Attendance

Based on the above estimates and average costs, the typical total cost of attendance for a non-Swiss, new incoming undergraduate student (e.g. a first-year undergraduate student, incoming study abroad student or transfer student) coming from the US or Canada would calculate as follows:

Average Direct Costs Average Indirect Costs Total
First Semester $29,045 $3,200 $32,245
Second Semester $28,545 $3,200 $31,745

Non-US or Canadian national or a permanent US resident

Cost of Attendance

The actual cost of attendance will vary depending on circumstances, based on how far you have to travel to reach Franklin, the choices you make regarding meals and housing, and more. The costs can be broken into Direct vs. Indirect costs (see below).

Direct Costs

These will appear on the billing statement each semester and may vary based on the cost of housing and meal plan the student chooses. These costs include tuition, university fees, room, and board as well as Swiss health insurance. Exact amounts or averages for these costs (for example for housing or insurance) are provided below.

Tuition and Fees Per Semester Per Year
Academic Tuition
Includes Academic Travel
(Required, two weeks each semester)
CHF 24,550 CHF 49,100
Annual University Fees CHF 710 CHF 1,420
Orientation Fee
(new incoming students only)
CHF 500 CHF 500
Housing and Meals
Average Residence Hall CHF 5,045 CHF 10,090
Meal Plan
(required for all first-year students)
CHF 1,600 CHF 3,200
Health Insurance
Average Insurance for Non-Swiss citizens* CHF 790 CHF 1,580

*Swiss law requires that all students are covered by Swiss medical insurance. The cost varies according to the age of the student. For information regarding the cost of Swiss medical insurance for 2017-2018 please see Health and Counseling.

Indirect Costs

These costs are incidental to the student’s attendance and are fully managed by the student and their family. These costs include travel costs to/from Franklin each semester, the purchase of books and supplies as well as personal costs for weekend travel, toiletries, and such. Each family can reduce these costs by planning travel early, sending care packages from home that include lower-priced toiletries, buying used books and more.

Typical Expenses Per Semester Per Year
Books and other materials CHF 700 CHF 1,400
Travel to and from campus (average cost of an intercontinental flight) CHF 1,000 CHF 2,000
Average cost for personal expenses, off-campus meals, independent travel (based on student surveys) CHF 1,500 CHF 3,000

Total Average Cost of Attendance

Based on the above estimates and average costs, the typical total cost of attendance for a non-Swiss, new incoming undergraduate student (e.g. a first-year undergraduate student, incoming study abroad student or transfer student) coming from the US or Canada would calculate as follows:

Average Direct Costs Average Indirect Costs Total
First Semester CHF 33,195 CHF 3,200 CHF 36,395
Second Semester CHF 32,195 CHF 3,200 CHF 35,395

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.

Need-based Aid

Students of all nationalities are encouraged to apply for financial aid. Information about how and when to apply, various aid programs available and eligibility is available in our dedicated section on Financial Aid.

Scholarships and Merit Awards

Merit scholarships are given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement and are renewed each year, for four years. These scholarships are automatically awarded at the time of admission and are not based on need or family income. Priority is given to students applying for admission by the December 1, 2017, deadline. After December 1, we may continue to award merit scholarships, if funds are still available. For more information, students are advised to contact our office in Lugano.

Below is a range of awards available for the incoming class of Fall Semester 2018.

Merit Award Amounts for US Students
(US dollars)
Merit Award Amounts for Students outside of the US
(Swiss francs)
$22,000 CHF 28,500
$18,000 CHF 24,500
$16,000 CHF 22,500
$12,000 CHF 18,500
Up to $5000 Up to CHF 5000

Swiss Matura Initiative

Specific financial incentives are available for students holding a Swiss national high school diploma (Matura).

Starting with the 2016-17 academic year, Franklin University Switzerland offers students holding a Swiss national high school diploma ('Matura') the opportunity to earn a Bachelor degree in a discipline of their choice in a program designed just for them.

Life-long Learning Scholarship Program

The Life-Long Learning Scholarship Program (L.L.L.S.) supports students by preparing them to be career-ready upon graduation from Franklin, not only with regard to academic foundations in their respective disciplines but also by providing them with skills that are essential in public and private sector employment in a wide variety of settings. By participating in the Life-Long Learning Scholarship program, students will experience a strong sense of engagement with the University, develop leadership skills, and have the opportunity to learn and develop practical skills in a number of fields and areas.

L.L.L.S. Program Eligibility for Students

  1. All undergraduate students enrolled at Franklin University Switzerland with full-time status (a minimum of four-semester courses) may apply for an L.L.L.S. position.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher is required to be eligible for the L.L.L.S. program.
  3. All applicants MUST have an account in good standing with the University in order to be eligible for the L.L.L.S. program.
  4. Resident Assistants are eligible for L.L.L.S. positions for a maximum of 5 hours per week and only with permission from their supervisors.

L.L.L.S. Position Levels

The L.L.L.S. positions are classified into various levels. First-year students start with simpler, service-oriented positions and progress to more challenging positions with greater responsibility and increased complexity during their upper-class years.

  • Tier I: Task-oriented. Entry-level students learn basic career skills and experienced students have proven to be dependable. Students may have time to study while conducting projects after their assigned tasks have been completed.
  • Tier II: Students learn project management and more advanced career skills. Experienced students have the capacity to train and supervise beginner level students. Students do not have time to study during their assigned projects.
  • Research Assistant or other Academic Assistant Position: Students perform basic to advanced academic research and complete academic projects. Students do not have time to study during their assigned projects.

The L.L.L.S. program allows students to experience a strong sense of engagement with the University, develop leadership skills, and have the opportunity to learn and develop practical skills in a number of fields and areas. Students are expected to maintain communication with their supervisor about the schedule, tasks, and deadlines. Supervisors are expected to provide training for L.L.L.S. students to fully acclimate the student to the new role.

L.L.L.S. Administration

At the beginning of each semester, information about open L.L.L.S. positions and the application process is sent to students' Franklin email accounts. The L.L.L.S. Program is coordinated by the Dean of Student Life and Engagement in collaboration with the Vice President for Finance and Administration and the Franklin Bursar.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated December 26, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 20, 2018
Feb. 2019
Duration
Duration
4 years
Full time
Price
Price
40,800 USD
Information
Deadline
June 15, 2018
Locations
Switzerland - Lugano
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Switzerland - Sorengo
Start date: Aug. 20, 2018
Application deadline June 15, 2018
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Dates
Aug. 20, 2018
Switzerland - Sorengo
Application deadline June 15, 2018
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Feb. 2019
Switzerland - Lugano
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Price
$40,800 annual tuition fee for US Nationals / Permanent Residents and Canadian Nationals; CHF 49,100 annual tuition fee for not a US or Canadian national or a permanent US resident