Franklin University Switzerland

Franklin University Switzerland

Sorengo, CH
student ratio
total students
$32,355 | $32,355
in-state | out-of-state tuition
March 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


The University

Franklin University Switzerland, named for the United States' first and most illustrious ambassador to Europe, was founded in 1969 as a nonprofit, independent, post-secondary institution. The University takes as its cornerstone Benjamin Franklin's vigorous support of intellectual interchange between nations. A rigorous American liberal arts institution in an international environment, Franklin is accredited in the United States by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and in Switzerland by the Swiss University Conference.

The University places a strong emphasis on cross-cultural perspectives, advocating that international studies should be an integral part of a higher education, as a prelude to, or as part of a student's commitment to a major field of study. Franklin defines higher education from its beginning as the experience of thinking internationally. Franklin's emphasis on global perspectives, both academically and socially, is designed to affect the direction and meaning of a student's learning experience, life, and career.

The essence of Franklin University Switzerland's approach to education is the combination of academic rigor with the exposure of students to cultures other than their own, facilitating their understanding of others, the world, and their place in the world.

Close faculty-student contact is essential to Franklin¿s educational philosophy. The University is designed to promote engaging student-teacher interaction from the beginning. The exceptional student-faculty ratio of just over 10 to 1 makes learning at Franklin University Switzerland an intensive and personal endeavor.

Approximately 60 percent of the students come from the United States; the remaining 40 percent are from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. Bringing diverse experiences and perspectives to university life, they live in university residences both on and near the campus.

The University's location in Lugano, a vibrant Swiss city that is part of the cultural milieu of northern Italy, ensures a constant commingling of cultures in a quadri-lingual nation. Students and faculty members, many who have a cross-cultural background, come to Franklin from every corner of the globe, further strengthening international study and experiences.

Campus activities are varied. Franklin's Student Government Association (SGA) promotes a student newspaper; a literary magazine; a drama society; cultural, language, and sports clubs; and numerous social events that take advantage of southern Switzerland's extensive recreational resources. There are university and intramural sports teams that include basketball, soccer, and volleyball. In addition, the Office of Student Life helps interested students enroll in a considerable number of local Swiss clubs and teams that welcome newcomers.

Academic Programs and Degrees

Franklin's curricula promote international awareness and critical thinking in an interdisciplinary context, building on the highest traditions of liberal education. The Bachelor of Arts program offers majors in art history and visual culture, communication and media studies, comparative literary and cultural studies, environmental studies, French studies, history, international banking and finance, international economics, international management, international relations, Italian studies, literature, psychology, and visual and communication arts, with combined and double majors in a number of study areas. Since 2012, the University also offers a Master¿s degree in International Management, and additional graduate programs are under development.

One of the most distinctive aspects of Franklin's curriculum is its renowned Academic Travel program, a unique learning experience fully integrated into every program of study. Each semester, all Franklin undergraduate students participate in two weeks of faculty-led study visits to different regions of the world. Recent travel destinations have included Austria, Botswana, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Iceland, India, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Italy, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the UK. The cost of Academic Travel to most destinations is included in the program fee.


The comprehensive fee for the 2015-16 academic year is about $64,000. This figure includes the cost of tuition, room and board, Academic Travel, and student fees. The cost of personal expenses and incidentals, including textbooks, is estimated at around $6,500 per year. Round-trip flights from the United States to Switzerland can range from $1,100 to $1,400.

Merit Scholarships and Financial Aid

Franklin University Switzerland offers academic merit awards and need-based financial aid to qualified students. Applicants who submit excellent academic records and demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the ideals of Franklin's international mission, will be automatically considered for a merit award once a completed application is evaluated by the admissions committee. The majority of scholarships are awarded to students who complete their applications in December.

Students of any nationality can be considered for institutional financial aid. Students should submit a financial aid application, found on the Franklin website, by February 15th. U.S. applicants interested in financial aid must also submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Veterans' and Social Security benefits are available to eligible students. Federal Stafford Student Loans and PLUS loans may be obtained through the Department of Education's Direct Loan Program, with guidance from Franklin's Financial Aid team. Life Long Learning Scholarships, providing the opportunity to gain work experience on campus, are available at the beginning of every term.

Admission Requirements

Franklin University Switzerland seeks students who are eager to meet the challenge of studying and living in Europe, serious about engaging in rigorous academic study, and prepared to contribute positively to the intellectual life of the institution. To identify such students, the FUS Admissions Committee considers both academic and personal factors, including the student's academic record, evaluations by teachers and counselors, standardized test scores, extracurricular interests and talents, and academic distinctions.

Admission to FUS is limited and therefore competitive. Students can apply either using the CommonApp or using Franklin's own application. To be considered for scholarships, undergraduate applicants are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline: December 1st. To achieve the best match between the student and Franklin, a personal interview is usually arranged through Franklin's Admissions Offices. Applicants to the freshman class must submit a completed application form (using either the Franklin application or the Common Application) with a nonrefundable fee of $90; an essay and personal statement; an official transcript of their secondary school record; SAT or ACT scores, either included on transcripts or forwarded by the testing service to Franklin University (CEEB code number 0922; ACT code number 5223); and two letters of recommendation. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit their scores for either the SAT or ACT, or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)/International English Language Testing System (IELTS). TOEFL scores should be at least 79 (Internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test). IELTS scores should be above 6.0. Transfer applicants and institute applicants are required to submit a completed application and a nonrefundable application fee of $90, an official transcript of their academic records, a dean's report from the dean of students, and one letter of recommendation. The application fee is waived for all applicants who apply by January 15.

Location & Contact

Via Ponte Tresa 29
Sorengo, CH CH-6924 Sorengo

Peter Dorthe

Director of Admissions

Phone: 212-922-9650
Fax: 212-922-9870

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • French Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business, Management, and Marketing Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Communication and Media Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Literature
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Comparative Literature
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Modern Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Romance Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • International Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Visual Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


63% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied725
    • Accepted423
    • Acceptance Rate63%
    • Enrolled418
    • Female Applicants476
    • Females Accepted305
    • Female Acceptance Rate64%
    • Male Applicants249
    • Males Accepted118
    • Male Acceptance Rate47%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$90
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.30
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen March 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer June 15th --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 593 550 650
    • SAT Math 556 520 590
    • SAT Writing 577 540 610
    • ACT Composite 26 23 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$32,355
    • Out-of-state tuition *$32,355
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,120
    • Room and board *$11,200
    • Room only *$8,000
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred payments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students418
    • Male Student Percentage31%
    • Female Student Percentage69%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/LatinoNot Reported
    • Black or African AmericanNot Reported
    • White or CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian or Alaska NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students100% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 89%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups No
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Newspaper, Literary Society, Drama Club, Peer Educators Program
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Not Reported
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other late night patrols by professional security service personnel


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty48
    • Full-time Percentage49%
    • Part-time Percentage51%
    • Female Percentage51%
    • Male Percentage49%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio10:1