Franklin University Switzerland

Introduction

Where are you going to study today?

Franklin University Switzerland is education that explores and goes beyond boundaries. It is a school where nationalities and cultural perspectives meet and create unique experiences. It is a learning method that incorporates travel and interdisciplinary study into the core of the curriculum. We refer to our methodology and mission as the international imperative in education. Franklin University Switzerland is a private, independent university located in Switzerland. It was founded as Franklin College in 1969. It offers a unique and innovative approach to liberal arts education, characterized by an emphasis on international exposure and experiential learning in a culturally diverse environment. Franklin University Switzerland is in the unique position of being accredited in both the United States and within the Swiss university system



At Franklin, curiosity is required. You will take an Academic Travel course every semester, seeing places you have studied with your own eyes. You will attend class with international faculty and students from over 50 countries. You will have the opportunity to travel independently and to do internships internationally. You will do research and will develop a critical perspective. You will graduate with a degree that is accredited in both the United States and Switzerland. You will have learned the art of adapting to any situation on the fly. You will be a world traveler. You will have everything you need to be successful. Come with us to Greece, Malawi, France, Japan, Scotland, Iceland, Korea, Botswana, Italy, or India; and above all come to study in Switzerland, a true crossroads of languages and cultures in the heart of Europe. Take advantage of the opportunity to get an education like no other.

The perfect location

Swiss Alps. Glacial lakes. Mediterranean climate. An Italian flavor. An international population. This is the city we call home: Lugano, Switzerland. Franklin’s founders chose Lugano as the perfect location for the kind of school they had envisioned for all of these reasons and more. Lugano’s cosmopolitan character is central to the experience of life at Franklin, and the campuses are only a twenty-minute walk from the center of Lugano, where rail and airlines connect students with all of Europe. Visit Franklin and see why so many students feel at home on our campus and in the Lugano community. We welcome you, your friends and family to experience what it means to live and learn in our international environment.

A Boundless Exploratory Education

Boundless: not limited in any way; having no boundaries We know that there are always limits to where you can go and what you can do while getting your degree, but we try to challenge those boundaries as far as they will go. At other universities, boundaries can include inflexible curricula, rigid social traditions, academic calendars that discourage travel and a college microculture that interacts little with the surrounding community. Franklin takes a different approach. With degree programs that offer many opportunities for interdisciplinary experiences, Academic Travel and direct interaction with a multilingual Swiss community, crossing physical and social borders will become second-nature to you. The Franklin curriculum is as focused or as interdisciplinary as you want it to be. We offer quality academic programs taught by capable scholars – if we didn't, we wouldn't be accredited in two countries – but we go beyond the more direct path to offer many majors with multiple emphases, such as International Management with an emphasis in Marketing, or Visual Communication Arts with an emphasis in Fashion Studies. We offer the opportunity to combine majors, such as Economics with Italian Studies or Psychology with Communication and Media Studies, and many of our students double-major or take multiple minors. Additionally, Franklin is small. Many of the opportunities to experience leadership roles, such as student government, academic mentorship, student clubs or resident assistants, are very attainable goals for students that want to pursue them. As anyone at Franklin will tell you, Franklin is what you make of it. Exploratory: done or created to find something or to learn more about something Franklin was founded by people who believed that interacting with other cultures directly through travel was an essential learning experience, and that it was the only way to create understanding between people of different nations. Academic Travel has always been a fundamental part of the Franklin curriculum. How many universities can plot their courses on a world map? Education: the knowledge, skill, and understanding that you gain from attending a school, college, or university The value of a Franklin education is more than just accumulating information to be applied in your career field. The Franklin experience will open your mind to the world, and you will gain a real human understanding that will give you the tools you need to become a leader. Leadership is about understanding people, their desires, and differences, and Franklin's interdisciplinary, cross-cultural curriculum, location and international student/faculty population create the perfect environment for developing that understanding. Our alumni are team leaders and entrepreneurs who add value to multinational companies, new ventures, government and non-profit organizations in multiple countries around the world. They do not stop at boundaries and they innovate to forge new paths. It is the Franklin Experience that gives them the tools to succeed. This is Boundless Exploratory Education.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Accreditations

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.

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Programs

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Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Visual Culture

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Switzerland Sorengo

Art History and Visual Culture courses investigate the production of art, architecture, and film through the technical, social, economic, cultural, psychological, and epistemological forces at work when they were produced and viewed. The major places a particular emphasis on how images form beliefs and values, taking into account issues of ethnicity, gender, and class. [+]

Understand the visual world from a variety of viewpoints

Art History and Visual Culture courses investigate the production of art, architecture, and film through the technical, social, economic, cultural, psychological, and epistemological forces at work when they were produced and viewed. The major places a particular emphasis on how images form beliefs and values, taking into account issues of ethnicity, gender, and class.

Addressing questions of chronology, theory, and methodology, the curriculum proceeds from a disciplinary to an interdisciplinary approach, guiding students in the development of analytical and synthetic thinking about visual culture. Students are encouraged to take classes in Communication and Media Studies and Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies and to apply the methods from these disciplines to the study of art history and visual culture. Students who have completed the major will be prepared to enter graduate and specialized studies in art history and visual culture. They may also choose a career in a gallery, museum, auction house, in the art-publishing sector, or some specialized corporate environments. ... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Switzerland Sorengo

The Communication and Media Studies program aims to cultivate understanding of the role of media in our society and the world, and the ability to facilitate effective communication at the local, global, and glocal level. [+]

Understand complex human communication processes

The Communication and Media Studies program aims to cultivate an understanding of the role of media in our society and the world, and the ability to facilitate effective communication at the local, global, and glocal level. At the theoretical level, students will learn theories of interpersonal communication; mass communication; intercultural communication; international media systems and issues; and the application of theories to various contexts/specific issues. At the practical level, students will develop effective information gathering and organizational skills; critical thinking and flexibility in making sense of information; effective writing skills; effective listening and speaking skills; a higher level of interpersonal and intercultural communication competence; and media literacy.... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Switzerland Sorengo

The Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (C.L.C.S.) major at Franklin focuses on cultural phenomena and processes as they unfold under the pressure of historical, social and economic forces. Inherent in our approach is an understanding of culture as an ever-evolving entity that demands continuous acts of interpretation, negotiation, and creativity. [+]

Get an interdisciplinary look at culture in multiple contexts

“Pull a thread here and you’ll find it’s attached to the rest of the world.” Nadeem Aslam, The Wasted Vigil

The Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (C.L.C.S.) major at Franklin focuses on cultural phenomena and processes as they unfold under the pressure of historical, social and economic forces. Inherent in our approach is an understanding of culture as an ever-evolving entity that demands continuous acts of interpretation, negotiation, and creativity. Our teaching is both theoretical and topic-based: for instance, we explore how collective memory is shaped in the wake of slavery or apartheid; we seek to understand the consequences of forced or voluntary mobility; we examine the cultural significance of cuisine; we investigate the multiple ways in which law shapes cultural processes; we explore the nexus of culture and nature; and we study forms of popular music as an expression of culture. The comparative work we do explores each topic from a number of disciplinary angles and situates it in its historical context. In this context we ask how the topic is reflected in, and influenced by, literary texts, film, and visual culture; we investigate how new media contribute to our understanding of cultural processes and trace how broader systems of knowledge and power, such as law or policy, come to bear on them. In comparing these various modes of knowledge production, we use theory to help us appreciate cultural nuances and to understand the multiple challenges that confront us in... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Switzerland Sorengo

Local and global societies face an array of environmental problems, from biodiversity loss to climate change to various types of pollution. To tackle these problems, future leaders need to understand the science behind the issues as well as the societal context in which they occur. The Environmental Sciences and Studies (E.S.S.) major provides students the knowledge and skills to become these future leaders through two major options. [+]

Analyze and think critically about environmental issues

Local and global societies face an array of environmental problems, from biodiversity loss to climate change to various types of pollution. To tackle these problems, future leaders need to understand the science behind the issues as well as the societal context in which they occur. The Environmental Sciences and Studies (E.S.S.) major provides students the knowledge and skills to become these future leaders through two major options. The general Environmental Studies major exposes students to environmental issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, while the Environmental Studies major with an emphasis in science allows students to focus primarily on the natural and physical science aspects of today’s environmental problems. Both major curricula integrate Franklin’s Academic Travel program, offer opportunities to pursue independent research, incorporate real-world experience, and encourage majors to study abroad.In particular, Franklin’s affiliation with the School for Field Studies (S.F.S. - www.fieldstudies.org) allows E.S.S. students to study at one of the S.F.S. sites during a summer or semester and receive major credit. Both major programs prepare students for careers in government, non-profit conservation, consulting, as well as for graduate degree programs. ... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in French Studies

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Switzerland Sorengo

French Studies is conceived and designed to support and strengthen students’ abilities to think, read, and write in French and about French literature, culture, and the Francophone world. [+]

Think internationally and across cultures

French Studies is conceived and designed to support and strengthen students’ abilities to think, read, and write in French and about French literature, culture, and the Francophone world. Students will begin the French Studies major according to prior experience and continue through advanced courses devoted to French literature, culture, and contemporary society. As part of their program of study, students may spend one semester at a French-speaking university after finishing FRE 300, or complete a series of French courses in related disciplines; students will complete a capstone seminar in French Studies. Students who do not study in a French-speaking university will be encouraged to complete at least one travel course to France or the French-speaking world.... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in History

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Switzerland Sorengo

A History degree gives you a deeper and more profound understanding of the forces that shaped and continue to shape the world we live in. By focusing on change in the past, the History program enables students to better comprehend and contextualize current and future events. [+]

Understand change

A History degree gives you a deeper and more profound understanding of the forces that shaped and continue to shape the world we live in. By focusing on change in the past, the History program enables students to better comprehend and contextualize current and future events. Studying history at Franklin puts a strong emphasis on the development and acquisition of critical thinking and analytical skills in addition to reading, writing, and oral presentation skills. Hence the History degree program provides students with an excellent practical preparation and training for graduate study and careers in law, business, diplomacy, government, international organizations and NGOs, journalism, and education. ... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in International Banking and Finance

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Switzerland Sorengo

The degree in International Banking and Finance is designed to promote an appreciation of the financial system and the financial decision-making process as determinants of the economic wealth of individuals, business enterprises, and nations. [+]

Calculate financial strategies

The degree in International Banking and Finance is designed to promote an appreciation of the financial system and the financial decision-making process as determinants of the economic wealth of individuals, business enterprises, and nations. The program stresses both the area of financial economics (studying the behavior of traders in financial markets and the determinants of price formation) and of financial management (studying business practices useful in devising strategies to attain financial goals). In an environment of high capital mobility and integrated financial markets, an international perspective is essential to the understanding of the opportunities and risks in the global arena. Throughout the program, special attention is given to the process of globalization of banking services and financial markets, the changes following the introduction of the Euro, and the causes of financial instability. The B.A. in International Banking and Finance degree provides the knowledge and skills for employment in the financial division of commercial and industrial businesses, or in the banking and financial services sector. It also prepares students for graduate study in business administration, economics, and finance. ... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in International Economics

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Switzerland Sorengo

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. [+]

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 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.... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in International Management

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Switzerland Sorengo

The International Management degree program prepares Franklin graduates for international business and public sector careers in organizations ranging from family-run businesses to multinational corporations and from government administration to non-profit foundations. [+]

Do business worldwide

The International Management degree program prepares Franklin graduates for international business and public sector careers in organizations ranging from family-run businesses to multinational corporations and from government administration to non-profit foundations. In addition to graduate school opportunities such as MBA, MSc, and MA programs, possible career paths for International Management graduates include: Marketing Manager, Trading and Fund Manager, Financial Analyst, Business Development Manager, Product Manager, and Advertising Account Manager. Students may also opt for the International Management degree with an “emphasis” in Finance or Marketing. The International Management program provides a comprehensive factual and analytical understanding of the global business environment and of the tools and techniques of each of the sub-disciplines of management. Students acquire a solid theoretical and practical foundation in economics and business analysis, strategic planning, marketing, accounting, finance, business forecasting and quantitative computer-based decision making. Students may also opt for the International Management Major with an emphasis in Finance or Marketing. ... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in International Relations

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Switzerland Sorengo

The International Relations major is designed for students who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of this multi-disciplinary field. Students receive a solid foundation for a variety of careers in areas such as diplomatic and government service, international organizations, international business, journalism, law, and banking. Many graduates have also chosen to pursue graduate study in related areas. [+]

Build your skills for a global future

The International Relations major is designed for students who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of this multi-disciplinary field. Students receive a solid foundation for a variety of careers in areas such as diplomatic and government service, international organizations, international business, journalism, law, and banking. Many graduates have also chosen to pursue graduate study in related areas. In the international degree program, students undertake in-depth inter-disciplinary work in the areas of political science, economics, history, international law and organizations and modern languages. The major is organized to provide students with the instruments and techniques to analyze and comprehend the complex phenomena of today’s international world. The political economy emphasis is specifically designed for those students who wish to major in International Relations, but who would wish to focus more on the study of the problems and issues of international political economy, so important in today’s globalized world. ... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Switzerland Sorengo

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. [+]

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.... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Literature

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Switzerland Sorengo

The major in Literature is perfectly suited for students who love to read, analyze and create texts. Students seeking a bachelor's degree in Literature will encounter canonical literature, including poems, plays, and novels, as well as films, oral storytelling, song, journalism, comics, digital media and so much more. In addition to acquiring a broad knowledge of literary history, criticism, and theory, students will learn the skills to create some of the forms they study. The major thus produces critical readers and writers. [+]

Read beyond national and disciplinary boundaries

The major in Literature is perfectly suited for students who love to read, analyze and create texts. Students seeking a bachelor's degree in Literature will encounter canonical literature, including poems, plays, and novels, as well as films, oral storytelling, song, journalism, comics, digital media and so much more. In addition to acquiring a broad knowledge of literary history, criticism, and theory, students will learn the skills to create some of the forms they study. The major thus produces critical readers and writers. Central to the major in Literature is the notion that literature has a vital relationship to culture and society. As the major offers students a traditional grounding in literary study and, at the same time, opens up connections to professional pathways, our students learn to think critically about the ways in which literary culture operates in the global sphere. Our topic-based courses are taught by faculty who publish internationally and have connections with the creative industries. Our offerings are particularly strong in the fields of postcolonial studies, travel writing, ecocriticism, media studies and modern literature and culture. Students who pursue a Literature major graduate prepared and inspired to pursue careers in fields such as journalism, publishing, researching, non-profit or government agencies and the media. Many students go on to further education in literary studies. The curriculum for the Literature major is organized around three components. After completing foundation courses that give students the essential tools for literary analysis and a strong theoretical... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Switzerland Sorengo

From Aristotle and Plato to Machiavelli and Aquinas, to modern analysts and statesmen, political scientists have been concerned with issues of power, governance, public policy, social behavior and interactions among nation-states, among many others. [+]

Delve into one of the oldest academic disciplines.

From Aristotle and Plato to Machiavelli and Aquinas, to modern analysts and statesmen, political scientists have been concerned with issues of power, governance, public policy, social behavior and interactions among nation-states, among many others. Courses required for this major include all major sub-disciplines of this field: Political Theory, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Economy, as well as Research Methodologies. The interdisciplinary electives encourage students to look at political issues from the perspective of other disciplines. Compared to the more applied major in International Relations, the major in Political Science is more humanistic and disciplinary. This major provides an excellent preparation for graduate study and careers in fields such as law, journalism or education.... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Switzerland Sorengo

Psychology is the science of human emotion, thought and behavior, including neural, physiological and cognitive processes; developmental factors and individual differences; and interpersonal, international, and cross-cultural components. The Psychology major is designed to expose students to a spectrum of basic issues currently being addressed in the discipline, the principles of research design and statistics, and theory and research in specific areas of psychology. [+]

Travel into the human psyche

Psychology is the science of human emotion, thought and behavior, including neural, physiological and cognitive processes; developmental factors and individual differences; and interpersonal, international, and cross-cultural components. The Psychology major is designed to expose students to a spectrum of basic issues currently being addressed in the discipline, the principles of research design and statistics, and theory and research in specific areas of psychology. A bachelor's degree in Psychology provides preparation for graduate study for a career in psychology, and a major or minor may be paired with further training in law, education, business, social work or other health-related professions. Students with this major or minor have also pursued careers in business, healthcare, social services, communications, social media, education, human resources and other fields since psychology coursework provides the knowledge of human behavior, analytical thinking, communication and teamwork skills, as well as the sensitivity and comfort with diversity sought by employers. The psychology major at Franklin University may be completed on campus or in conjunction with a Franklin partner institution. For students interested in an intensive laboratory experience, a semester abroad during the spring semester of the third year of study is strongly recommended. Selection of coursework and research experiences at the partner institution is completed in conjunction with the Franklin psychology advisor and approved by the Dean of Academic Affairs. The current partner institution is Southern Methodist University (S.M.U.) in Dallas, Texas. Students may also choose to fulfill the requirement at another institution in close... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice and Sustainability

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Switzerland Sorengo

The Social Justice and Sustainability (S.J.S.) major builds on Franklin’s commitment to fostering a more just and sustainable world. A self-designed major, it aims to allow students to explore key topics, theories, skills and applications at the intersections of social justice and sustainability. [+]

Plan and promote sustainable methodologies

The Social Justice and Sustainability (S.J.S.) major builds on Franklin’s commitment to fostering a more just and sustainable world. A self-designed major, it aims to allow students to explore key topics, theories, skills and applications at the intersections of social justice and sustainability. The S.J.S. program has the explicit goal of helping the next generation of leaders, public servants, and private citizens to understand and navigate the key issues facing our world today. It provides students with interdisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities that link theoretical approaches to practical applications. This major helps students think across disciplines, through explorations of theories, concepts, case studies, and issues in Social Justice and Sustainability. The major is designed to develop skills in areas such as conflict resolution, advocacy, policy design, analysis and implementation, sustainable business plans, and sustainability design, assessment, and communication. The major integrates the practical application of theoretical knowledge and skills in the form of fieldwork, service, internships, and academic travels. The major in Social Justice and Sustainability provides excellent preparation for a variety of careers in the public and private sectors. Potential future careers include possibilities in local and international agencies; with advocacy groups for human rights, environmental justice, welfare, or sustainability; in community organizations, in development and aid organizations, in governmental institutions, in think tanks, and in consulting firms. Graduates could work as crisis mediators, policy analysts, conflict resolution specialists, journalists, media producers, organizers or lobbyists. Depending on the focus chosen, this major is also... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication Arts

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 Switzerland Sorengo

The Visual Communication Arts degree programs offer an interdisciplinary course of study, encompassing the fine arts, graphic design, illustration, and photography, as well as courses from Communication and Media Studies, Comparative Literary, and Cultural Studies, and film studies. It focuses on communication and creativity as fundamental elements of human expression and encourages students to think critically about creative expressions within the context of and across cultures, ethnicities, race, and gender. [+]

Take informed communication beyond language

The Visual Communication Arts degree programs offer an interdisciplinary course of study, encompassing the fine arts, graphic design, illustration, and photography, as well as courses from Communication and Media Studies, Comparative Literary, and Cultural Studies, and film studies. It focuses on communication and creativity as fundamental elements of human expression and encourages students to think critically about creative expressions within the context of and across cultures, ethnicities, race, and gender. In the Visual Communication majors, students engage in the evolving field of fashion studies, exploring fashion as practice, theory, object, image, and text. It focuses on studying fashion within the liberal arts curriculum, in terms of its histories, identities, and cultures in the contemporary world. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in careers in fashion research, including archives, museums, galleries, media, consulting, and the publishing sector; or retailing, distribution, and design. Students may also choose to pursue design careers or advanced research of fashion towards an MA or Ph.D. degree.... [-]


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Address Via Ponte Tresa 29 Lugano
6924 Sorengo, Switzerland
Phone +41 919863613