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Franklin University Switzerland
Franklin University Switzerland

Key facts about Franklin



The perfect location

Swiss Alps. Glacial lakes. Mediterranean climate. An Italian flavour. 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 centre 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.

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 programmes 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 programmes 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 assistance, 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.


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.

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.


Franklin University Switzerland is accredited in both the United States and Switzerland.

That means that your degree is truly international and that you have an advantage to pursuing an international career or furthering your study in the US or Europe. The doors opened by a Franklin education go far beyond 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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