Summer Programs for High School Students

Franklin University Switzerland's pre-university programs allow high school students to get a head start on their bachelor's degrees by obtaining 3 transferable credits for an intensive summer course on global issues. Like all students at Franklin, participants in the program will be introduced to each course topic in its international context and will travel to various locations to get first-hand experience and understanding of the topics covered in class.

These programs are ideal for rising juniors and seniors in high school. Students should be at least 15 years old with at least 10 years of schooling. Further requirements are listed on our online application form.

Applications for the 2016 Summer Program will be reviewed in May. If you still wish to apply, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire about availability.

The 2017 Summer Program course offerings will be posted in Fall 2016.
 

Alpine Ecology

July 13 - 28, 2016
(Arrival Date: July 12 | Departure Date: July 29)

Study and explore first-hand the various environments of the Swiss Alps along with their political, economic, and tourism systems. The course will introduce you to the study of the environment and of environmental concerns from an interdisciplinary point of view, focusing on the Alpine region and examining the area from multiple perspectives. Using practical examples and multiple field trips in Switzerland, the course will expose you to topics such as ecology, evolution, conservation biology, waste management and tourism in fragile environments, and provide you with numerous opportunities to connect class material with everyday experience. Off campus visits include the lakes of Ritom and Cadagno in Val Piora, Swiss Parliament, the Brenno river and the Jungfraujoch glacier.

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The Business of International Organizations

July 13 - 28, 2016
(Arrival Date: July 12 | Departure Date: July 29)

Study and discuss the activities of International Organizations in Switzerland, their goals and objectives, and the challenges to implement them. The course will introduce you to the theoretical frameworks that fuel IOs and the aspects of their inner workings that make their structures and functionality unique in the "business" world. Topics include international relations theory, internal leadership, fundraising, comparison of IOs to INGOs and multinational enterprises, and strategy implementation – all covered through a combination of classes, field visits and other experiential learning activities. Class excursions include FIFA headquarters in Zürich, International Olympic Committee headquarters and museum in Lausanne, the World Trade Organization and the United Nations Office in Geneva.

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