Switzerland: Lugano Summer

Program Overview

Summer Programs in the Heart of Europe

Lugano, Switzerland:

Franklin University is perfectly located in the heart of Europe in Lugano, Switzerland, on the Swiss/Italian border. Situated on Lake Lugano,  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, the rest of Europe is within easy reach.

Students participating in the Franklin College Summer Program  may choose summer courses from two 4-week sessions. Earn up to 12 college credits. Students will also cover a lot of European ground through weekend travel in Switzerland and neighboring countries. Students have the option of enrolling in Session One, Session Two or both Sessions.

**NEW PROGRAM in Zurich, Switzerland:

Courses offfered: Switzerland Unplugged: ACultural History, Part I and II

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zurich. It is located in north-central Switzerland at the northwestern tip of Lake Zurich. The municipality has approximately 390,000 inhabitants, and the Zurich metropolitan area 1.83 million Zürich is a hub for railways, roads, and air traffic. BothZurich Airport and railway station are the largest and busiest in the country. Zürich is a leading global city and among the world's largest financial centres. The city is home to a large number of financial institutions and banking giants. Most of Switzerland's research and development centres are concentrated in Zürich and the low tax rates attract overseas companies to set up their headquarters there.

 


Academic Profile

Franklin University in Lugano

Franklin College

Franklin University is an American liberal arts institution located on a hillside above Lugano, Switzerland, the principal city of Switzerland’s southernmost Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. Founded in 1969, Franklin College is fully accredited in both the United States and in Switzerland.

The cornerstone of Franklin's educational mission has been its commitment to courses that are international in perspective and cross-cultural in content. In addition, students and faculty come to Franklin from every corner of the globe, further exposing program participants to other cultures and international experiences.

Course Offerings

 Schedule of Courses by Sessions at Franklin College:

http://www.fus.edu/academics/summer-programs/session-1-courses

http://www.fus.edu/academics/summer-programs/session-2-courses

**please note: Subjects may change.

**LC 200T and LC 210T are taught at the Zurich Campus.

Academic Highlights

 Between the first of June and the end of July, you may choose summer courses from two 4-week sessions. Earn up to 12 college credits (with the approval of your home university adviser and dean)—and also cover a lot of European ground through weekend travel in Switzerland and neighboring countries, through meeting students from all over the world, and through living in one of the most cosmopolitan villages in Europe—in Lugano, a hub of international urban culture, business, languages and travel. With the approval of your home university adviser and dean, you will be able to transfer your summer credits to any college in the U.S. or Europe at the end of your summer at Franklin

 COURSE OFFERINGS at ZURICH:

NEW SUMMER PROGRAM in Zurich, Switzerland:

Zurich Campus:

LC 200T Switzerland Unplugged: A Cultural History, Part I
Professor Wiedmer

This travel course must be taken in conjuction with LC 210T. Switzerland Unplugged is a somewhat different take on Franklin’s Academic Travel: it is a six-credit summer program that consists of two consecutive classes each divided into three modules that each deal with distinct aspects of Swiss culture, ranging from the birth and continued fame of such product as chocolate, cheese and watches, to the political and cultural conceptualisation of neutrality and direct democracy and the tense relationship between the august Swiss humanitarian tradition and the controversial refugee policies of late and finally to the edgy art, music and literature scenes found in the larger cities north of the San Gottardo. Campus for us is the city of Zurich with all of its exciting possibilities, and the travel portion consists of four three-day trips to different sites in Switzerland, ranging from the Bundeshaus in Bern to a trip down the river Aare, from a open-air concert in Geneva to a remote hut in the Swiss alps, and from the Beyeler museum in Basel to a refugee camp in Chiasso. The aim of our studies and travels will be to look at Swiss culture up close and to uncover and understand some of the contradictions that make it work.

LC 210T Switzerland Unplugged: A Cultural History, Part II
Professor Wiedmer

This travel course must be taken in conjuction with LC 200T. Switzerland Unplugged is a somewhat different take on Franklin’s Academic Travel: it is a six-credit summer program that consists of two consecutive classes each divided into three modules that each deal with distinct aspects of Swiss culture, ranging from the birth and continued fame of such product as chocolate, cheese and watches, to the political and cultural conceptualisation of neutrality and direct democracy and the tense relationship between the august Swiss humanitarian tradition and the controversial refugee policies of late and finally to the edgy art, music and literature scenes found in the larger cities north of the San Gottardo. Campus for us is the city of Zurich with all of its exciting possibilities, and the travel portion consists of four three-day trips to different sites in Switzerland, ranging from the Bundeshaus in Bern to a trip down the river Aare, from a open-air concert in Geneva to a remote hut in the Swiss alps, and from the Beyeler museum in Basel to a refugee camp in Chiasso. The aim of our studies and travels will be to look at Swiss culture up close and to uncover and understand some of the contradictions that make it work.

 


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Orientation

To help students acclimate to their new surroundings, each summer session begins with a day-long orientation conducted by the staff at Franklin College. The orientation program includes sessions on academics, living in Lugano, health and safety issues, and a walking tour of the city.

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 three 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 college sports complex, students have access to a soccer field, basketball court, and weight room.

City of Lugano

Lugano, Switzerland

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.

City of Zurich

Zurich is a city both exciting and open to different cultures, offering locals and visitors alike a unique quality of life while providing excellent conditions for companies and businesses.  Zurich sets great store by sustainability and was notably one of the first cities in the world to include the ideas and aims of the 2000-watt society in the city's construction.  As the largest city in Swizerland, Zurich is the ecomomic motor of the surrounding region and indeed the whole country.  Zurich is a real cultural centre, with unique events in all different disciplines and walks of life.  On any given day there are around 70 different cultural events on offer.  With its beautiful lakeside location, unspoiled environment and extensive range of leisure and cultural activities, Zurich is both a unique and attactive travelers haven and has always been Switzerlands largest tourist destination.

Housing

Student Housing at Lugano 

Students will share a 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 the school. Each residence building also has a trained student Resident Assistant (RA) assigned to help participants during their time at Franklin.

Meal Plan

Basic meal plan is  included in the CCIS program benefits. However, students have access to fully equipped kitchens in their campus apartment. Students may also purchase an optional larger meal plan directly from Franklin College, which offers six meals per week (breakfast, lunch, or dinner). Additional information about the  optional meal plans will be provided in the acceptance packet from Franklin College.

Student Housing at Zurich

Students stay in the Zurch Youth Hostel.  It has become one of the most modern of the world: open round the clock, so you can really get to know zurich, the little city on a global scale.  The hostel has a roomy entrance hall and a spacious inner courtyard for the international global community to meet and experience good cuisine.  The hostel has comfortabel rooms in a queit city location close to the lake. For more information, visit: Http://www.youthhostel.ch/en/hostels/zurich

Meal Plan

Included in the  cost is breakfast and one main meal a day.  Lunch can be purchased at additional cost each day.

Alumni Feedback

Studying abroad in Lugano, Switzerland at Franklin College will go down as the best summer in my life--I'm sure of it.  There was nothing quite like traveling around Europe for a weekend and having a place to come back to like Lugano.  The Swiss are the cleanest, most adventurous, fit, wealthy, and pleasant people I've met in my life and you would not understand until you go to this beautiful country.  From the breathtaking views from the Lake and downtown Lugano looking up into the Alps, and the breathtaking views looking down upon the small towns from the mountains is something no picture can capture, because trust me, I tried.  When studying at Franklin College, the Resident's Assistants were always finding activities for the students to do together, none of which were inside because who would want to miss the weather and glorious views when sitting indoors? I am making it a priority to travel back to Switzerland within the next five years, and I would be fine only traveling within it's borders.  No other country has as much diversity as Switzerland with the French, German, and Italian regions, so it's almost as if you're getting parts of Europe in one.  As a result of this diversity, the French, German, and Italian cuisines are all authentic and words can't describe the taste of the delicious food.  Go and get the real European experience all within one country, go to Switzerland!


Aubrey Kettrick

 


Lugano, Switzerland Summer Program Details

Duration

Franklin University's Summer 2014 Program runs from the beginning of June to the end of July. The Summer Program consists of two 4-week intensive sessions--Session 1 and Session 2. Students attending for the entire eight-weeks can register for up to 12 credits (4 courses) with permission from their college/university (Visiting Students) or academic advisor and dean (Franklin Students).

Session One: June 2 - June 26, 2014 – Four Week Intensive

Saturday, May 31Students arrive (12 noon - 5pm)
Sunday, June 1Orientation
Monday, June 2Classes begin
Tuesday, June 3Deadline for schedule changes (end of day)
Thursday, June 19Deadline to withdraw
Thursday, June 26Final day of classes
Friday, June 27Student departure (noon)

Session Two: June 30 - July 24, 2014 – Four Week Intensive

Saturday, June 28Students arrive (12 noon - 5pm)
Sunday, June 29Orientation
Monday, June 30Classes begin
Tuesday, July 1Deadline for schedule changes (end of day)
Thursday, July 17Deadline to withdraw
Thursday, July 24Final day of classes
Friday, July 25Student departure (noon)

ZURICH summer dates:   June 2 - June 26, 2014

 

Application Deadline(s)

April 1

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.70

Language

English

Academic Levels

Undergraduate

Costs

Cost per session  at Franklin:

($250 enrollment deposit must be sent with application (payable to st. Bonaventure University)

Session 1: $4630 (three credits) Session One has the option of two classes $7175 (six credits)

Session 2: $4630 (three credits) Session two has the option of two classes $7175(six credits)

Combined Session: $8570 (two courses: 6 Credits)

                            $13850 ( four courses: 12 credits)

Cost for both courses at Zurich:

Program estimated total cost: $8934

($250 enrollment deposit must be sent with application (payable to st. Bonaventure University)          

Program Cost: $7334 Estimated personal expenses: $ 1350 (Includes $110 for text book and estimated daily lunch)

*Late payment fees will apply after these payment due dates. For students accepted after payment due dates, invoices are payable within 10 days of invoicing or before the first day of class, whichever first applies. No student will be admitted into courses or residences if full payment has not been remitted.

Cost includes 6 meals per week  plan at the cost of $300 for each four week session.

 

Costs Included

For Franklin: Administration fees, tuition,basic housing, basic meal plan, CISI insurance

For Zurich: Administration fees, tuition, , hostel housing, breakfast and one main meal,CISI insurance

Costs Not Included

Passport, airfare, books and supplies, local transportation ($75/week), and personal expenses

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

Entry Requirements

A $250 non refundable deposit to confirm your place is due at the time of application.  Deposit can be made payable to: St. Bonaventure Unviersity.

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

CCIS Switzerland Application Checklist

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by downloading the forms. To download, right click on the application or recommendation form and click "save as", then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, 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 the contact email address associated with the program in which you are applying. If for some reason you do not see the email address pop up when you click "submit", then email the application to the program sponsor listed here on this page.

YOU MUST NOTIFY YOUR HOME INSTITUTIONS' STUDY ABROAD OFFICE OR ADVISOR OF YOUR INTENTIONS AND ALSO PROVIDE THEM WITH A COPY OF YOUR APPLICATION. 

1. CCIS Online Application and Instructions - Be sure to type your responses before printing this application.

2. Statement of Purpose - In a 300 to 500 word essay, introduce yourself and explain your objectives for studying abroad. Also, describe the personal benefits you expect to receive from the program, and how you plan to incorporate this experience abroad into your current and future academic and career goals.

3. CCIS Online Student Recommendation Form - The reference forms must be completed by two professors that you have had in the past or have currently. DO NOT send the student recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL. The student recommendation form can be found under the "Apply Now" tab.

4.  Official Transcript - You may have your registrar send this directly to St. Bonaventure University, or include it with your application.

5. Passport-sized photo (2" x 2")

6. Copy of your passport.

7.Send a $250 dollar deposit to confirm your placement:   Payable to St. Bonaventure University.  This is a non-refundable deposit.   

Submit Application Materials and Deposit To:

Alice Sayegh, Director

International Studies

P.O. BOX 113-Reilly Center/Room 222

St. Bonaventure University

St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

Phone:  716-375-4009

asayegh@sbu.edu

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.