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Featuring CCIS Programs

Franklin University, Switzerland

Lugano, Switzerland (Europe)

Quick Facts

Spring 2019
Dates: January 17 May 15
Application Deadline:  November 1, 2018
Costs:  $20,974 CCIS Member | $21,374 Non-Member

Fall 2018
Dates: August 21  December 15
Application Deadline:  May 1, 2018
Costs:  $20,860 CCIS Member | $21,260 Non-Member

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Program Overview

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. 


Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

Truman State University
Alcidean Arias
Director of the Center for International Education Abroad

Questions? Contact me
Tel:(660) 785-4076

This program is sponsored and administered by Truman State University.

Academics & Program

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.

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 four or five 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. 

Credits: 12-15 credits per semester
Instructor's Language: English other than language courses

Student Life & Housing

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 at the rate of $610 per semester for a single room in a multiple apartment in Giardino, other doubles in Da Vinci Villa at the rate of $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.

Duration & Costs


Spring 2019
January 17 - May 15, 2019

Fall 2018
August 21 - December 15, 2018


Spring 2019
$20,974 CCIS members | $21,374 Non-members

Fall 2018 
$20,860 CCIS members | $21,260 Non-members

Payment must be paid in full before arrival to Franklin. Please note payment dates, students will not be allowed in housing if bill is not paid.

Costs Included: Tuition, basic housing, basic two-week Academic Travel Program, and CISI health insurance

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.

Withdraw Policy: All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program. 

Please refer to your acceptance materials for information on arrival, orientation, and academic calendar. The refund policy is program specific and non-transferable. Refer to your acceptance materials for the comprehensive refund policy or contact the program sponsor.

Eligibility & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: May 1
Spring Semester: November 1

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.

Have you talked with your study abroad advisor about your home institution's application process? Your institution's deadline might be earlier than the CCIS program application deadline. Check now to make sure all of your material is submitted on time!

Supplemental Application Material

Your CCIS application has two parts, 1) you will complete an online application form with general information and 2) each program may have supplemental forms that need to be completed and submitted via email. Please download the supplemental application materials to your computer.

Do not fill forms out in your web browser. Submit the completed supplemental application material directly to your study abroad advisor or to the program sponsor. Make sure to check with your study abroad office to learn how they want applications submitted.

Two academic recommendations
Official transcript
Color passport copy

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Alumni experiences

Adventures abroad

Riley Collette

Franklin is a small school, but the perfect size to study abroad. I absolutely love it here. The city of Lugano is so beautiful and the location of the school gives you easy access to everything the city has to offer. Switzerland is also the perfect country to study because it has a little bit of everything and it is so easy to travel to other parts of Europe. I would tell everyone to take advantage of this amazing opportunity, you won't regret it!