Profile

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 university system (for more details see Accreditation below).

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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Accreditation

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 at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Find out more about Franklin's dual accreditation.

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Faculty

Fall 2017 Census

Total Faculty: 43
Full-time Faculty: 25
Part-time Faculty: 18
Faculty Full-Time Equivalent: 40
Student/Faculty Ratio (based on FTE): 9:1

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Class Statistics

Fall 2017 Census

Total number of classes: 107
Average class size: 16

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Students

Fall 2017 Census

Headcount: 362
Full-Time Equivalency: 358.9

Gender breakdown:
Female: 223 (61.6%)
Male: 139 (38.4%)

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

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Countries Represented

Fall 2017 Census

North America (56.6%)
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 (21.2%)
Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Croatia, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom

Asia (6.0%)
China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Turkmenistan

Middle East, North Africa, and Greater Arabia (8.9%)
Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, and United Arab Emirates

Sub-Saharan Africa (1%)
Botswana, Gabon, Senegal and Zimbabwe

Number of different countries: 57

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
  • CEO/CFO
  • 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

Success after Franklin.

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