Franklin University Switzerland

Founded in 1969, Franklin University Switzerland is a private, independent university that is located on a hillside in the beautiful city of Lugano. The university offers an innovative approach to liberal arts education and places an emphasis on experiential learning and international exposure in a culturally diverse environment.

The university is accredited in Switzerland by the Swiss University Conference, and in the United States by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

As of fall 2020, Franklin University Switzerland had students from 55 countries and 65% female enrollment.

Prospective students and their parents are encouraged to visit the campus and to take a guided tour where they will meet students and professors, attend a couple of classes, and get a feeling for what it's like to live and study in Lugano.

For those unable to visit in person, the Admissions team organizes virtual visits and online Information sessions on a regular basis. 

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Bachelor's degree
Business Administration Delivery method Length Location
International Economics On campus Lugano
Economics & Finance
International Banking and Finance On campus Lugano
Fine Arts
Art History and Visual Culture On campus Lugano
History On campus Lugano
Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies On campus Lugano
Literature On campus Lugano
Journalism & Communication
Visual Communication Arts On campus Lugano
Communication and Media Studies On campus Lugano
French Studies On campus Lugano
Italian Studies On campus Lugano
International Management
International Management On campus Lugano
Natural Sciences
Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies On campus Lugano
Social Sciences
Political Science
International Relations On campus Lugano
Political Science On campus Lugano
Psychology On campus Lugano
Social Sustainability
Social Justice and Sustainability On campus Lugano
Master's degree
Fine Arts
Master of Science in International Management (MSIM) - Arts Management Blended learning Lugano
International Management
Master of Science in International Management (MSIM) - Digital Transformation Blended learning 11 months Lugano
Sustainable Management
Master of Science in International Management (MSIM) - Responsible Management and Climate Change Blended learning 11 months Lugano
Summer / Short course
General Studies
Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts Summer Session 1 On campus, Online / Distance Lugano
Liberal Arts Summer Session 2 On campus, Online / Distance Lugano
Health Sciences
Nursing Studies
Summer program in Medical Humanities Online / Distance 2 weeks Lugano
Foundation / Pathway program
Health Sciences
Allied Health
Academic Programs: Gap Year On campus Lugano

Scholarships & funding

Over 85 percent of Franklin students receive financial aid. As an institution Franklin offers scholarships based on academic merit and financial need. Additionally, students may receive aid from various external programs based on citizenship, need, and other factors. Together we create a financial aid package and carefully guide you through your financing options to help you afford your education.

Franklin University Switzerland Institutional Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded based upon academic merit or demonstrated financial need and are considered “free” money because they do not require repayment. These discounts are renewable annually provided the student meets the designated requirements. There are two types of institutional awards: 

Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships are awarded upon admittance to the University and are based upon academic achievement. Every applicant is automatically reviewed for merit scholarships, but priority is given to students who apply for admission by our December 1 deadline. After December 1 students may be considered for merit scholarships, but only if funds are available. Notice of the merit award amount is included with the official admission letter. 

Financial Aid/Need-based Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are based upon a family's demonstrated financial need. We take into consideration household income, assets, family size, the number of students attending universities simultaneously, and other factors. These awards are sent out on a rolling basis after admission, and after the FAFSA is completed (for U.S. students). Students who are not U.S. citizens or residents complete a similar institutional application on Net Partner and are awarded based on the same criteria.

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Student lifestyle

Students at Franklin come from over 50 countries. Interacting with students from other traditions and cultures makes social life a part of the Franklin learning experience. Activities, on-campus housing and dining, and a strong support network help you to build lasting relationships with your peers and provide everything you need to be successful in your studies.


Living in the residences on Franklin University Switzerland’s campus is an important part of the educational experience. It is a great opportunity to make your first friends on campus and adjust to living alone. Most of the rooms have kitchenettes or a common kitchen shared among all residents of the resident hall. They all have bathrooms; so you’ll have your privacy and will be able to take responsibility for you own living space.

There are eight residence halls at Franklin, and each one has a trained Resident Assistant. The RA is your go-to person for questions or problems. They are equipped with first-aid kits, toolboxes, and are trained to handle any and all situations that students might face. There are two RAs on duty every night. During their duty shifts, also known as ‘rounds’, the RAs walk through each residence hall to ensure things are safe and sound. In addition, RAs organize events and activities to do on campus and around town. They strive to provide students a truly spectacular Franklin experience through everything that they do.


Average rating 4.6

Based on 7 reviews.


My social experience at Franklin was great. Everyone is very welcoming and friendly, and because it is a small school it is much easier to make friends. It is a very international environment which is great, and travelling is super easy. I am a fashion studies major, which is not a very prominent major at Franklin, as they don't offer many fashi...

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Best value for money and my experience was amazing with faculty, friends, campus life ect. However, I do recommend to change information online especially when the university removes majors or adds majors. I know students come for a specific major then finds out it no longer exists.


The Academic Programs at Franklin are a rigorous as you make it to be! It’s all at your own pace and that’s what I love about it. The teachers also really care about you and it shows in how you can set up your own office hours with them. I can’t complain about the academics :)


Franklin University Switzerland

Via Ponte Tresa 29
6924 Sorengo (Lugano)

Phone no: +41 91 985 22 60

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