Facts at a Glance


  • Students
  • Location
  • Countries Represented
  • Language of Instruction
  • Student Performance
  • Accreditation
  • Admissions
  • Faculty
  • Tuition and Fees
  • Class Statistics
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Academic Programs/Declared Majors
  • Student Outcomes/Destinations



Franklin University Switzerland is a private, independent non-profit university located in Switzerland. It was founded as Franklin College in 1969. Franklin University Switzerland offers a unique and innovative approach to liberal arts education, characterized by an emphasis on international exposure and experiential learning in a culturally diverse environment. The university is in the unique position of being accredited in both the United States and within the Swiss university system (for more details see Accreditation below)

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

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Language of Instruction


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Franklin University Switzerland is accredited in the United States by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19014, United States - tel. +1 267-284-5000) 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 Swiss university institution.

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Fall 2014 Census

Total Faculty: 53
Full-time Faculty: 24
Part-time Faculty: 29
Faculty Full-Time Equivalent: 39
Student/Faculty Ratio (based on FTE): 10.5:1

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Class Statistics

Fall 2014 Census

Total number of classes: 115
Average class size: 17

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Fall 2014 Census

Headcount: 410
Of which Study Abroad: 43
Full-Time Equivalency: 406.9

Gender breakdown:
Female: 67%
Male: 33%

Housing breakdown:
On-campus: 340 (83%)
Off-campus: 70 (17%)

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Countries Represented

Fall 2013 Census

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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Student Performance

Freshmen graduating within 4 years: 58%
Freshmen graduating within 6 years: 63%
Freshmen retention to second year: 74%

Average GPA (all students, Fall 2013): 3.01
Average GPA (excluding Study Abroad and Transfers, Fall 2013): 3.04

Graduated in 2012-13 Academic Year: 72
Average graduation GPA (2012-13 Academic Year): 3.14
Graduating Magna Cum Laude (2012-13 Academic Year): 7
Graduating Cum Laude (2012-13 Academic Year): 13

48% of graduates from the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013 completed at least one internship during their studies at Franklin.

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Fall 2013 Census

Total Fall 2013 new enrolments: 138
of which:

  • First-time, full freshmen: 86
  • Study Abroad students: 36
  • Transfer-in: 7
  • Academic Year bridge program: 9

Average entry GPA (high school): 3.33
Average SAT - math and reading: 1162
Average SAT - math, reading and writing: 1738
TOEFL: 587

Acceptance rate 2013-14 academic year: 58% (applications/acceptances)

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Tuition and Fees

Swiss Francs

US Dollars
Tuition† CHF 23,825 $19,800
Fees 710 560
Residence ‡ 5,045 4,260

US 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 2014-2015 academic year and subject to change.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Number of financial aid recipients: 291 (70.1%)
Average US $ financial aid amount granted (for semester): USD 9,334
Average CHF financial aid amount granted (for semester): CHF 8,885

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Student Outcomes/Destinations

Franklin University Switzerland graduates obtained full-time employment:

  • 75% 0-6 months after graduation
  • 20% 6-12 months after graduation
  • 5% 12+ months after graduation

29% of graduates achieved director/manager status within their unit/company/division within 3 years of graduation.

37% pursued Masters/PhD degrees within 1-3 years after graduation.

Employers that have hired recent Franklin graduates:

  • Al Faridah Publications
  • Arlen Group
  • Barclays PLC
  • Bloomberg LP
  • BMW
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • British Embassy
  • Dalma Capital Ltd.
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Evernote
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Google
  • Hodgman Capital Partners
  • Houston Ind. School District
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • IBM
  • Leighton Broadcasting
  • Loro Piana
  • Milieu Law and Policy Consulting
  • Oasis500
  • Peace Corps
  • Prince's Charity for Sustainable Development (UK)
  • Responsible Medial
  • Saudi Sanabel Company
  • US Department of State

Positions held by graduates within 1-3 years of graduation (2011, 2012, 2013):

  • Account Manager
  • Analyst
  • Clinical Researcher
  • Communications Manager
  • Financial Consultant
  • Coordinator of Fundraising and Special Events
  • Director of Women’s Economic Empowerment
  • Financial Advisor
  • Global Health Specialist
  • Marketing Officer
  • Project Coordinator
  • Tax Consultant

Postgraduate university destinations (Masters/PhD):

  • Bocconi University
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Columbia University
  • ETH, Zurich
  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • London School of Economics
  • New York University
  • Stanford University
  • Université de la Sorbonne
  • University of St. Gallen
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

[Source: Graduate survey from the Franklin classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013]

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Academic Programs/Declared Majors

ProgramPercent of students declaring
Art History major  3.6%
Visual and Communications Art major  6.4%
International Banking & Finance major 6.4%
International Economics major (total)   7.6%
(With an emphasis in Political Economy)  1.4%
Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies major  4.9%
Creative Writing and Literature major  0.7%
French Studies major  2.7%
History major  4.7%
History and Literature major  0.3%
Italian Studies major  1.4%
Literature major  2.9%
International management major (total) 21.5%
(With an emphasis in Finance)   4.7%
(With an emphasis in Marketing) 9.5%
Communications and Media Studies major   9.0%
International Relations major 18.8%
Environmental Studies major  9.5%

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

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