Franklin University Switzerland is a private, independent university located in Switzerland. It was founded as Franklin College in 1969. It 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. Franklin University Switzerland is in the unique position of being accredited in both the United States and within the Swiss Education System (for more details see Accreditation below). The University has also received accreditation by the Chinese Ministry of Education 中华人民共和国教育部 .

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

Language of instruction: English.

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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 Accreditation Council (Effingerstrasse 15, Postfach, 3001 Bern, Switzerland Tel.: +41 31 380 11 64)

Find out more about Franklin's dual accreditation.

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Fall 2018 Census

Total Faculty: 45
Full-time Faculty: 25
Part-time Faculty: 20
Faculty Full-Time Equivalent: 37
Student/Faculty Ratio (based on FTE): 9:1

Meet our Faculty

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Class Statistics

Fall 2018 Census

Total number of classes: 108
Average class size: 15

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Fall 2018 Census

Headcount: 337
Full-Time Equivalency: 333

Gender breakdown:
Female: 209 (62%)
Male: 128 (38%)

Housing breakdown (2016):
On-campus: 293 (83%)
Off-campus: 59 (17%)

Student Performance:
Freshmen graduation within 4 years:  54.5%
Freshmen graduation within 6 years:  61.8%

Average grad GPA (undergrad): 3.2
Graduated summa cum laude: 1
Graduated magna cum laude: 12
Graduated cum laude: 11

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Countries Represented

Fall 2018 Census

North America (52.4%)
Canada, United States of America

Latin America and the Caribbean (6.3%)
Bahamas, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, and Venezuela

Europe (25.3%)
Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom

Asia (5.0%)
China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkmenistan

Middle East, North Africa, and Greater Arabia (9.7%)
Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and United Arab Emirates

Sub-Saharan Africa (1.5%)
Gambia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda

Australia and Oceania (0.5%)

Number of different countries: 59

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

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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*:

  • 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

*Source: Survey of graduates from the Franklin classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013

Postgraduate university destinations (Masters/PhD):

  • Bocconi University
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Columbia University
  • Diplomatic Academy, Vienna
  • ETH, Zurich
  • Franklin University Switzerland
  • Georgetown University
  • George Washington University
  • Harvard University
  • Hebrew University Jerusalem
  • IDC in Herzlia Israel
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • London School of Economics
  • McGill University
  • Moscow State University
  • New York University
  • San Diego State University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Stanford University
  • Trinity University (Ireland)
  • Université de la Sorbonne
  • University College London
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Miami
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Southern California
  • University of St. Gallen
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Waterloo
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Where Our Graduates Go

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