Switzerland: Lugano Semester

Program Overview

An American Liberal-Arts College in the Heart of Europe

Franklin University Switzerland is perfectly located in the heart of Europe in Lugano, Switzerland, on the Swiss/Italian border. Situated on Lake Lugano, one of the spectacular lakes within the "Swiss Rivera," Lugano is the cultural, recreational, financial and commercial hub of Switzerland's southernmost, Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. Lugano is a sophisticated and safe city, with dozens of outdoor activities, concert halls, great museums, and a variety of shops and restaurants. Lugano is also the central point of departure for all of Europe. With Lugano's rail lines and regional airport, all of Europe is within easy reach.

Students participating in the CCIS Lugano, Switzerland Semester Program have the opportunity to study a variety of fields, including Art, Business, Communication, History, Languages (French, German, Italian), Political Science, and Psychology. In addition, the program includes a two-week guided excursion throughout Europe led by professors from Franklin.

Apply early and qualify for a free round-trip ticket to Lugano, Switzerland for FALL 2016!
Students must submit an application form and deposit by March 15, 2016.

Franklin Free flight information: Students who apply early may qualify for a free round trip ticket. (Subject to availability.)

The round trip flight is from NYC (JFK) to Lugano for the fall semester.

In order to receive free flight for FALL SEMESTER students must:

1.  Submit complete application materials by March 15

2.   Send non-refundable enrollment deposit by March 15


Academic Profile

Franklin University Switzerland in Lugano

Franklin University Switzerland in Lugano

Franklin University Switzerland is an English speaking, US- and Swiss-accredited non-profit university based in Lugano. The university offers bachelor's and master's programs, foundation programs and summer courses in a highly international academic learning environment. With a core foundation in the liberal arts, Franklin's experiential and personalized approach to education fosters cross-cultural awareness and critical thinking, preparing students to become responsible global citizens in an increasingly complex world.


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Course Offerings

» Liberal Arts & Academic Travel Program

Most courses are taught in English and are available in a variety of fields, including art history, business, communications, history, literature, modern languages (French, German, Italian), music, political science, and studio art. Students typically take 4 or 5 classes per term and earn 12 to 15 semester (20 to 25 quarter) credits per semester.



 A highlight of each semester is the Academic Travel Program. Academic Travel classes are taught by faculty members and are fully related to the academic expertise of the individual professor and to his or her particular knowledge or experience of a given country or area. This course includes a two-week study tour of destinations in Europe. Past destinations have included France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.



Fall 2015 Class Schedule (PDF)

Fall 2015 course descriptions (PDF)

Academic Highlights

Tuition includes a two week acedemic travel within Europe only. Should a student wish to travel to any other destination, supplements will apply.



Activities and Opportunities

Student Life


To help students acclimate to their new surroundings, each semester begins with Orientation conducted by the staff at Franklin University Switzerland. The orientation program includes sessions on academics, living in Lugano, health and safety issues, and a walking tour of the city and surroundings.

Campus Facilities

There are several facilities open to students in addition to the classrooms, library, bookstore, and computer labs. The Falcon's Nest is a student lounge with wireless Internet access, Ethernet plug-ins, and desktop computers available for student use. The Falcon's Nest also has a big screen television with cable and a Foosball table. Another student lounge, Ben's Den, contains a television with international cable and wireless Internet access. At the University's sports area, students have access to a soccer field, basketball court, and weight room.

Student Activities

Franklin University Switzerland offers many diverse activities for students, including a variety of campus events, student clubs, and team sports. Students also receive discounts to many of the downtown fitness centers. 

City of Lugano

Lugano, Switzerland is the cultural, recreational, financial and commercial hub of the southernmost, Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. The city boasts two concert halls, great museums such as the Cantonal Museum of Art and Architecture and the Museum of Modern Art, and a variety of shops and restaurants. In addition, there are limitless outdoor activities both on and alongside Lake Lugano, including 40 of Europe's best mountain bike routes.

With its central location, Lugano is also the perfect gateway to all of Europe. The Lugano airport and train station provide ample opportunities for travel while studying at Franklin.


Student Housing

Students will share a basic triple fully-furnished campus apartment * with other program participants, located within walking distance of campus. All kitchenettes and common cooking facilities are stocked with basic cookware, silverware, plates, bowls and glasses. Students will need to bring their own bed linens and towels; however, a pillow and duvet comforter may be leased directly from Franklin before arriving on campus. Each residence building also has a trained student Resident Assistant (RA) assigned to help participants during their time at Franklin.

The CCIS program benefits provide students with a single or double-room (Da Vinci Villa) or a triple-room (Girasole, Giardino, or Panera) apartment. Students also have the option of upgrading their housing by paying an upgraded housing fee directly to Franklin University Switzerland:

  • $610 per semester for a single room in a multiple apartment in Giardino, other doubles in Da Vinci Villa
  • $880 per semester for a double apartment in Airone, Alba, Giardino, Gisasole, split doubles in Da Vinci Villa.
  • $1,000 per semester in a double apartment in Panera, Single room in Da Vinci Villa, New Residence
  • $1,090 per semester in a single room/apartment in Airone, Alba, Girasole, New Residence
  • Note: All Franklin University Switzerland Fees are subject to change and will be updated as they are made available.

* Due to the limited number of base housing assignments, students who are late in completing their Franklin University Switzerland Housing Application may be assigned an upgraded housing option and required to pay the upgraded housing fee directly to Franklin University Switzerland.

Dining Facilities and Optional Meal Plan

Franklin University offers two student dining facilities, the North Campus Dining Room and the snack bar, commonly known as the Grotto. This family-run establishment caters especially to the needs of Franklin students, yet maintains a distinctly Ticinese character. The Dining Hall serves hot meals throughout the week while the Grotto offers a full salad bar and sandwich buffet option.

Students may purchase an optional meal plan directly from Franklin, which offers 10 meals week for 14 weeks. Additional information about the optional meal plan will be provided in the Acceptance Packet from Franklin University Switzerland.

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Lugano, Switzerland Semester Program Details


Fall 2016: August 23 - December 16, 2016//Students arrive: August 23, 2016

Orientation: August 23-28, 2016//Academic Travel: October 22 - November 5, 2016

Spring 2017: January 19 - May 19, 2017

Application Deadline(s)

Fall: May 15 (March 15 for flight opportunity)

Spring: October 27

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum GPA - Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.70.

Minimum Class Standing - Students must have completed at least one semester or quarter of college-level coursework at the time of application.


 *Payment must be paid in full before arrival to Franklin. Please note payment dates.

CCIS members: $19,924

Non- CCIS members: $20,324

Truman State University requires a $350 non-refundable deposit, deducted from your total fees, at the time of acceptance. 

(Students will not be allowed in housing if bill is not paid.)

Costs Included

Tuition, basic housing,  basic two-week Academic Travel Program, medical insurance, and University fees, CCIS and sponsor fees


Students who apply early may qualify for a free round trip flight ticket  To qualify: applications must be submitted prior year to study abroad.  (Subject to availability.)

FALL:  Applications and deposit  have to be in a year early, March 15 for the Fall semester.

SPRING: Applications and deposit have to be in by October 27

Costs Not Included

Passport ($160), visa/immigration fee ($77), airfare ($1,500), orientation fee ($500), books and supplies ($750), housing deposit, ($400), meals ($350-1,600), Laundry card ($40),local transportation ($1,000), personal expenses ($2,400), and mandatory Swiss Health Insurance ($890) cost varies with age, $250 non-refundable program deposit.

(*Please note: Total program cost will vary depending on individual’s choice of housing, meal plan, academic travel and other choices that are personal preference.) 

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

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Your Adventure in Switzerland Begins Here

Submit application materials to:

 Program Sponsor: 

Alci Arias, Assistant Director

Truman State University 

Center for International Education Abroad

Grim Hall 202
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4076
(660) 785-7473 (Fax)
Email: mailto:alcidean@truman.edu


How do I apply?


Please send the following materials to ciea@truman.edu or the address listed above by the application deadline.

1. CCIS Online Application & Instructions

2. CCIS Online Student Recommendation (2)

3. Official copy of transcript

4. Color copy of passport


To download the application and recommendation forms, click "save as" then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, you must SAVE IT FIRST. DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to ciea@truman.edu.  

(Students: DO NOT send the recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL) 


All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.