Facts at a Glance

Countries Represented
Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Programs of Study
Language of Instruction
Class Statistics
Freshman Class Profiles
Graduate Schools/Programs that Franklin Graduates have Attended
Academic Programs/Declared Majors



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Franklin is a private, independent, liberal arts university in Switzerland.

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Total Faculty: 51
Full-time Faculty: 25
Part-time Faculty: 26
Faculty Full-Time Equivalent: 38.7
Student/Faculty Ratio (based on FTE): 10.8:1

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Headcount: 419
Of which Study Abroad: 36
Full-Time Equivalency: 418.9
Gender breakdown:
Female: 279 (67%)
Male: 140 (33%)
Housing breakdown:
On-campus: 355 (84.7%)
Off-campus: 64 (15.3%)
Freshmen graduating within 6 years: 63%
Freshmen retention to second year 74%
Undergraduate Research: please see this section of the website

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Countries Represented

NORTH AMERICA (60.8%): Canada and the United States of America
LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN (3.3%): Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela
EUROPE (23%): Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom
ASIA (3.1%): Armenia, Bhutan, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, and Turkmenistan
MIDDLE EAST (9.3%): Azerbaijan, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates
AFRICA (0.2%): Libya
AUSTRALIA (0.2%): Australia
Number of different countries: 59
Number of students with dual or multiple nationality: 63

N.B. Students with dual nationality are counted twice in the percentage calculation.

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Franklin is located on a hillside above Lugano, the principal city of Switzerland’s southernmost Italian-speaking canton of Ticino.

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Tuition and Fees

Swiss Franc

US Dollars
Tuition† CHF 23,825 $19,800
Fees 710 560
Residence ‡ 5,045 4,025

Dollar accounts available only to citizens, green card holders or permanent
residents of the United States or Canada.
† Price of tuition includes Academic Travel in Europe only, additional fee for
other destinations.
‡ Average residence charge.

Fees and tuition are for the Fall semester based on the 2013-2014 academic year and subject to change.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Number of financial aid recipients: 277.5 (66.3%)
Average US $ financial aid amount granted (for semester): $9,540.68
Average CHF financial aid amount granted (for semester): CHF8,916.67

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Programs of Study


Art History and Visual Culture major
Visual/Communication Arts major
Art History and Visual Culture combined major
Art History and Visual Culture minor
Communications and Media Studies major
Communications and Media Studies combined major
Communications and Media Studies minor
Studio Art minor


International Management major
Business/Management combined major
Management combined major
Management minor
Marketing minor


International Banking & Finance major
International Economics major
Economics combined major
Economics minor


History major
History and Literature major
Literature major
Creative Writing and Literature major
Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies major
Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies combined major
Literature combined major
History combined major
Literature minor
History minor


French Studies major
Italian Studies major
French Studies combined major
Italian Studies combined major
Germanic Studies minor
French minor
Italian minor
Italian Studies minor

Political Science

International Relations major
Political Science combined major
Political Science minor


Environmental Studies major
Environmental Sciences minor
Psychology major
Psychology minor
Mathematics minor

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Language of Instruction


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Franklin is fully 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 Swiss University Conference granted Swiss university accreditation to all major programs of study leading to the Franklin University Switzerland Bachelor Arts degree in 2005 and in April 2013 fully accredited the institution as a degree-granting university institution.

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Class Statistics

Total number of classes: 120
Average class size: 16.7

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Freshman Class Profile 2013

FALL 2013: 123

Average (unweighted) GPA: 3.26 (all students)

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Franklin Scholars

FALL 2013: 13

Average (unweighted) GPA: 3.69
58% of the Freshman class was enrolled in one or more Advanced Placement courses, Honors courses or Advanced Diploma courses (IB) during high school

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Graduate Schools/Programs that Franklin Graduates have Attended

United States and Canada

Boston University, Massachusetts
Brandeis University, Massachusetts
American Graduate School of Int’l Management (Thunderbird), Arizona
American University, Washington DC
Case Western Reserve University, Ohio
Carleton University, Canada
Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania
Columbia University, New York
Duke University, North Carolina
Florida International University, Miami
Georgetown University, Washington DC 
George Washington University, Washington DC
Harvard University, Massachusetts
Johns Hopkins University, Maryland
Lewis and Clark College, Oregon
Long Island University, New York
Lynn University, Florida
Middlebury College, Vermont
Monterey Institute of International Studies, California
The New School University, New York
New York University, New York
Northwestern University, Illinois
Pace University, New York
Purdue University, Indiana
Tulane University, Louisiana
Syracuse University, New York
University of California: UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, UC Davis
University of Chicago, Illinois
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Hartford, Connecticut
University of Miami, Florida
University of Michigan
University of Saint Thomas, Houston
University of San Francisco, California
University of Southern California
University of Virginia
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School
University of Texas, Dallas
University of Wisconsin
Washington University, Missouri
Yale University, Connecticut
McGill University, Canada
Simon Fraser University, Canada

Universities Outside of the North America

Brussels School of International Studies, Belgium
Bocconi University, Italy
Cambridge University, England
ESADE, Spain
Hebrew University, Israel
Helsinki School of Economics, Finland
Imperial College, England
Johns Hopkins University, Bologna, Italy
Kings College London, England
London School of Economics, England
London Business School, England
New School of Social Research, England
The Sorbonne University, France
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
University College London, England
University of Düsseldorf, Germany
University of Geneva, Switzerland
University of Gottingen, Germany
University of Kent, England and Belgium
University of Lausanne, Switzerland
University of Lugano, Switzerland
University of New South Wales, Australia
University of Sussex, UK
University of Trieste, Italy
University of Wales (Cardiff), UK
University of Zurich, Switzerland
Webster University Geneva, Switzerland
University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Academic Programs/Declared Majors

ProgramPercent of students declaring
Art History major  5.2%
Visual and Communications Art major  7.9%
International Banking & Finance major 11.1%
International Economics major   8.5%
(With an emphasis in Political Economy)  1.6%
Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies major  5.8%
Creative Writing and Literature major  3.2%
French Studies major  2.1%
History major  6.3%
History and Literature major  1.1%
Italian Studies major  1.3%
Literature major  1.1%
International management major (total) 24.9%
(With an emphasis in Finance)   2.6%
(With an emphasis in Marketing) 13.8%
Communications and Media Studies major   9.3%
International Relations major 18.5%
Environmental Studies major  8.5%

N.B. The percentages above count combined majors as 0.5 in each discipline and do not count minor declarations.

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