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Denise H. Alfeld

Denise Alfeld is a freelance editor with a focus in children’s literature and manuscript preparation. Upon graduation from DePauw University in 1989 she became the Director of Creative Services at WPNT-FM Radio in Chicago and went on to join Ogilvy & Mather Advertising Chicago as Account Management Supervisor.

Alfeld has a wealth of knowledge and experience in advertising, fundraising, public relations, event sponsorship and independent school admissions. She has extensive non-profit board experience and currently serves on the boards of the Association Montessori International-USA and The Cobb School, Montessori, where she now serves as Chair of the Board. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Margaret Elizabeth Stephenson Financial Aid Fund for Montessori teacher training.

In 1988 Alfeld studied for a semester at Franklin, during her junior year at DePauw University, and has since become a committed advocate for international education.

Peter Aschenbrenner

Peter Aschenbrenner is the Executive VP of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Sun Power Corp. With over 25 years of experience in the solar industry, he has developed his knowledge in the design, manufacture, and delivery of solar electric systems for a global customer base. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Product Design in 1978.

He is passionate about sailing and boat racing, and is the owner of Paradox, an American-built 63 ft. Trimaran racing yacht that has been noted as one of the fastest cruising boats in the world.

Aschenbrenner’s daughter graduated from Franklin University Switzerland in 2012 and he was appointed to the Board in 2013.

Laurent Belet, Secretary

Laurent Belet is Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee for Franklin. Following his graduation from Eltham College in London, he became an experienced trader in financial derivative products.

With his passion for politics and extensive EU, Swiss and British connections, Belet is a well-respected liaison between parliaments and regularly arranges MP visits for host countries.

Residing in Lugano allows him to remain dedicated to the task of ensuring that Franklin provides the highest levels of international education for students, and he is often found engaging with the students, staff and faculty on campus.

With a passionate interest in education, he currently serves on the boards of two educational institutions, sharing his wealth of knowledge for future generations.

Richard H. Bell, II Trustee Emeritus

Rick Bell is the founder, CEO and Chairman of Harvard Business Services, Inc. in Lewes, Delaware.

He began his career in San Francisco as the first circulation manager of Rolling Stone Magazine. He then went on to create a consulting firm to assist new publications in gaining national distribution. In 1981, he formed Harvard Business Services, Inc. and has built it into a thriving business, serving clients in the U.S. and globally.

Bell was a student of The American School in Switzerland’s Post Graduate Program from 1964-65. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the TASIS Schools for five years.

An active alumnus, supporting Franklin as “Class Rep” in the early days, he went on to be elected to the Board of Trustees of Franklin in November 1993. He served as Franklin’s Secretary for 20 years, when he was honored to be named ‘Trustee Emeritus.’

Jennifer Helene Berg

A native of Minnesota, Jennifer Berg graduated from Williams College with a B.A. and earned a Master’s degree at Yale University. Intrigued by experiencing national and cultural diversity first hand, she spent her junior year at Franklin University Switzerland. The Franklin opportunity had a great impact on her life and career decisions.

Her career in investment banking spanned 28 years on both sides of the Atlantic, where she performed at a senior level across a worldwide forum. She was a Euro-financier at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets; a Principal at Morgan Stanley (NYC & London) and a Managing Director and Global Product Head at UBS (London).

Appointed to several prestigious positions, she inspired women as a leader in a predominantly male profession. As a champion of talented women in the industry, she co-founded and launched AllBarNone, the first multidisciplinary diversity network in London, adopted globally, and thriving today.

She was appointed to the Franklin Board of Trustees from 1987-1991 and again from 2012 to the present. She contributes her time and expertise on two other boards at the executive level and mentors young professionals in the financial services industry.

Seok Yam Chew

A native Singaporean, Seok Yam Chew chose to take an academic year of study at Franklin University Switzerland in 1980. Her international educational experience prepared her for studying Law at University College London and continuing to Boston University to study banking law in 1992.

Following her graduation, she returned to Singapore and joined the law firm Allen & Gledhill, practicing litigation and corporate law. She subsequently practiced as an English solicitor in corporate, banking and structured finance with international law firm Sidley Austin LLP until her retirement from legal practice in 2008 to pursue her interest in art.

Her global education and international experiences have enabled her to gain the knowledge and experience to return to Franklin and make a valued contribution on the Board of Trustees.

Lusyd W. Doolittle, Vice Chair

As one of the first students to attend Franklin (1970-1972) when its doors first opened, Lusyd W. Doolittle is keen to share her knowledge and experience of this prestigious university with her peers and students alike.

Following her graduation from Williams College with a B.A. and Cardozo School of Law with her J.D. degree, she went on to work as clerk for Federal District Judge, Dudley B. Bonsal, of the Southern District of New York and continued to build her career by accepting positions at several New York City law firms including; Patterson, Belknap Webb & Tyler and Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard and Kristol.

Doolittle joined the Board of Trustees of Franklin in 2014. She is a past member of the Board of The Masters School and is also currently serving as a member of the Board of Dobbs Alumnae/i Association.

Stanley M. Ellis

Stanley Ellis is Vice President of Calkins Media, a privately-held company. He also serves on the Board of the Calkins Foundation.

Having graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1979 with a B.S. in Marketing, he went on receive his M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ellis has served in various leadership roles on the boards of the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties, the New Jersey Press Association and the New Jersey Press Foundation, including the Calkins Media Board of Directors as they transitioned from local media firm into a multi-faceted, multi-generational company.

He is a strong proponent of giving back to the community and joined the Franklin Board of Trustees where his three sons studied and graduated.

Lucius L. Fowler

Luke Fowler is a principal of Douglass Winthrop Advisors LLC, a wealth management advisory firm based in New York. Following his graduation from Tufts University 1978, he began his professional career at J.P. Morgan where he served 13 years in a number of roles in the investment management, trust and banking departments. Fowler then became chairman and CEO of Northcott Hospitality Int. LLC (NHI), a Minnesota based hospitality and restaurant company, where he founded and developed the AmericInn Lodging franchise of more than 220 hotels. At the same time, he served on the Board of Directors of Fiduciary Trust International for 23 years and was a Vice Chairman of business development, marketing and custody services prior to joining Douglass Winthrop.

As the son of Harry W. Fowler, a founding Board Member of Franklin, he has a long history with Franklin and is proud to serve on the Board of Trustees giving back to the students, staff and faculty while maintaining and strengthening its legacy for future generations.

Fowler also serves on the board of directors of Visions Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired in New York, Triform in Hudson, New York, and the Island Community Center and the Friends of the Fishers Island Theater on Fishers Island, New York.

Iñigo Garcia Gordobil

Iñigo Garcia Gordobil graduated Summa Cum Laude from Franklin University Switzerland in 2011 with a B.A. in International Banking, Finance and International Management.

Originally from Spain, he currently lives in San Francisco where he works for Cambridge Associates as an Investment Director evaluating venture capital, growth equity, and private equity investment opportunities. 

As member of the Alumni Council at Franklin, he continues to make a valued contribution, imparting knowledge and experience he has gained from his global career.

Kim Hildebrant, Chairman

A native of Denmark, Kim Hildebrant has lived in Lugano for over 25 years and is currently the CEO & Founder of K.N.C. Consulting, a local management and security consulting company.

Hildebrant graduated from Franklin University Switzerland in 1990 with a B.A. in International Relations, and then went on to initially forge a career in the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Copenhagen. He has travelled extensively as a diplomat and business executive and has lived and worked on every continent.

He returned to Franklin to serve in the role as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Franklin to give back to its staff, faculty and students. His experience and knowledge of an international education and career is invaluable in ensuring that Franklin remains a leader in innovation, vision and connectivity with our global peers. Hildebrant is also the Chairman of CMC Cybersecurity & Management Challenges Symposiums, held yearly at Franklin, and he serves on several other corporate boards.

Deirdre Kinney-Brennan

Deirdre Kinney-Brennan is an Emmy award winning decorator for television, film and theatre. Her passion for wildlife and conservation led her to form Castletown Productions in 2004; making films about rare and endangered species. Most recently she partnered with The Ocean Foundation to make the film Atlantic Salmon - Lost at Sea, aimed at raising awareness about the alarming decline of the species.

She is a member of the Explorers Club and a juror and board member of the New York Wild Film Festival.

Kinney-Brennan studied at Franklin University Switzerland from 1978-1982 and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. She was appointed member of the Board of Trustees in 1995 and is also a member of the Alumni Council.

James D. Leslie

Jim Leslie’s connection to Franklin began when his son, Evan, enrolled as a freshman. Subsequently, he and his wife Norma have participated in Parent and Alumni travels to Turkey, Cuba, and South Africa.

Leslie is Co-founder and former CEO of Flipgrid, the world’s largest video discussion platform serving over 20 million educators, students and their families in 181 countries. Flipgrid was founded in 2015 and acquired by Microsoft in 2018. Prior to Flipgrid, he was the Founder and CEO of Midwave Corporation, an information technology integration and consulting firm in Minneapolis, MN USA. Leslie was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2005.

In 1998, he and his wife Norma launched the Leslie Family Foundation, which focuses on providing scholarships and educational opportunities to inner city youth. Prior to joining the Franklin University Switzerland Board of Trustees in 2018, Leslie served on the boards of The Blake School and Orion Energy Systems, Inc.

Jim and Norma Leslie are U.S. citizens living in Minneapolis, MN USA.

Paul C. Lowerre

With a career in the financial sector spanning over 30 years, Paul Lowerre is currently the Senior Vice President of Wealth Management at UBS in New York.

While studying at Marymount Manhattan College in New York, where he graduated in 1981, Lowerre chose to take an Academic Year at Franklin University Switzerland in 1975. This experience provided him with an understanding of the global financial world and all its complexities.

Lowerre returned to become a Trustee of Franklin in 1995 and served as Chair of the Board from 2000 to 2010. In 2010 he received his Doctorate of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, from Franklin.

Kevin W. McNeely

Kevin McNeely’s winter semester at Franklin in 1973 had profound impact on him while he was a sophomore at Claremont Men’s College, and reinforced his love of travel and the enjoyment he derives from experiencing life and education in a multicultural environment.

After graduating in 1975, McNeely headed to New York City to work in the banking industry and subsequently as a producer for ESPN. His passion for good food and wine led him to ultimately move to Sonoma, California, where he currently resides and where he is one of the original founders of the Sonoma International Film Festival. The 2018 festival program included fellow trustee, Deirdre Brennan’s award winning film, Atlantic Salmon - Lost At Sea.

Because of the impact of his experience at Franklin, he has since returned to serve on the Board of Trustees and is determined to help Franklin continue to develop as a top university where students become receptive to the challenges of today’s global world while developing the skills and knowledge needed to succeed.

Renu Mody

Renu Mody is an attorney at law practicing in Florida. Her client base focuses on supporting small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Working as an educational consultant specializing in college admissions, Mody also advises as a board member across several civic, educational and social justice non-profit organizations.

Mody is an alumna of Franklin, Georgetown University and University of Miami School of Law. She was appointed Alumni Trustee for Franklin where she is keen to promote the university.

A true ambassador of the Franklin philosophy, Mody is the daughter of Indian immigrants, was born and raised in Boston, lives in Miami and has an adopted daughter from Ethiopia. Embracing the term ‘world citizen’ Mody lives and breathes the essence of Franklin.

Fulvio Pelli

Born, raised and currently residing in Lugano, Fulvio Pelli is a practicing lawyer and notary public. His passion for politics has been the foundation of his career and life in Switzerland.

Following his studies for a Doctorate Degree in Juridical Science from the University of Zürich, he was a substitute for the general attorney in the Canton of Ticino. He then went on to work with his father in the family’s law firm.

Pelli developed his broad and in-depth knowledge of Swiss politics during the 19 years he spent as a member of the Swiss Parliament serving as National Councilor. During this period, he was also President of the Liberal parliamentary group in Bern and the President of the Swiss liberal party.

More recently Pelli was the President of the Banca dello Stato del Cantone Ticino and served on the board for several foundations and companies in Ticino, Switzerland.

Jeffrey Reimer

Jeffrey Reimer is currently the Chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, the C. Judson King Endowed Professor and the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Distinguished Professor at UC Berkeley.

He is the recipient of the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest award bestowed on faculty for their teaching.

In addition to nearly 200 research publications, he is the co-author of ‘Chemical Engineering Design and Analysis’ (Cambridge University Press, 1998), and of ‘Carbon Capture and Sequestration’ (World Scientific Press, 2013).

With paternal connections to Franklin, Reimer currently serves on the Board of Trustees, offering his knowledge and experience of an innovative and visionary education.

Philip Renaud

A Canadian citizen living in Milan, Italy, Philip Renaud works for TNG Corporation, a Renaud family office. He is also director at Redecam Group, a leader in air pollution control solutions based in Milan, as well as a director at Sierra Metals, a mid-tier precious and base metals producer in Latin America. 

Renaud contributes his time to various other organizations including the International Board of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and JamesSuckling.com, and he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kane Biotech Inc. based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Renaud’s eagerness to explore an international education was realised when he graduated from Franklin in 1995. Following his father, Richard Renaud, who served on the Board of Trustees at Franklin University Switzerland from 1995 to 2003, Philip Renaud was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2003. He continues today inspiring others by giving his time, knowledge and experience.

Christopher Scholz

Christopher Scholz graduated from Franklin in 1976 with an Associate of Arts degree. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Foreign Service degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and later received his Master of Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning at Columbia University. He is a Registered Architect.

Scholz has directed his award winning architecture and design firm with his wife and partner Ines Elskop since 1992. Based in New York City, Elskop Scholz’ portfolio includes commissions in institutional, commercial and residential architecture and in interior and industrial design with works in the United States, Europe and China. He joined the Franklin University Switzerland Board of Trustees in 2016 and also serves on the Council of the Site Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame and as a Trustee of the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle.

Having lived in both the United States and Switzerland and as a fluent speaker of several languages, Scholz is passionate about the importance of fostering an international vision in young people and of providing them with the tools to operate successfully in the global context.

John Read Taylor

John Taylor attended Franklin from 1960 to 1961. He went on to receive an A.B. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in political science.

He is a leading expert in the management of foreign exchange and a pioneer in the analysis of cyclicality of foreign exchange and interest rate markets. More recently, he was founder, chairman, chief executive officer, and chief investment officer of FX Concepts, Inc., a global currency hedge fund established in 1981 that manages currencies for institutional investors through overlay and absolute return strategies.

Taylor has served as a member of the Franklin Board of Trustees since 1973 and was formerly Chairman from 1979 to 1991 and Vice Chairman from 1976 to 1979. 

Pascal F. Tone

Pat Tone is one of the five founding members of Franklin University Switzerland. Opening its doors in 1969, he and his peers' vision was to provide a multicultural experience while attaining educational excellence.

Tone understood the importance of a good education and excelled at the University of North Carolina and Columbia University in Manhattan where he received a M.A. in Education. He went on to attend MIT in Boston where he became a Fellow at the Sloan School of Management receiving an M.S. in Management.

He served as Franklin’s first President, and his inherent passion for students, staff and faculty was rewarded when the college was recognized as Franklin University Switzerland with full accreditation in both Switzerland and the United States.

Tone was Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2010 until 2017 and remains a tireless advocate for educational excellence. One of his proudest moments was receiving an honorary doctorate from Franklin University Switzerland in 2015.

Jay Tucker, Treasurer

Jay Tucker is the COO at George Weiss Associates (Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers LLC).

Graduating with a B.A. from George Washington University and an A.A. from Franklin, Tucker went on to build his prestigious career working for finance firms including Credit Suisse First Boston, Dean Witter, Caxton and Troubh Partners. Prior to joining George Weiss Associates, Tucker worked for 10 years at Eastwind Capital, his own asset management firm.

Returning to his roots, he is delighted to serve as a current member on the Board of Trustees at Franklin. He has also served as board member of the Financial Index Exchange, the Currency Committee of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Real Estate Finance Alliance at George Washington University.

Keen to give back, he is also an active participant in The Disability Opportunity Fund, a non-profit providing housing loans and advice to parents of children with disabilities.

Cabell Goolsby West

Cabell Goolsby West graduated from The American School in Switzerland’s Post Graduate Program in 1965. She graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. from the Virginia Commonwealth University and holds an undergraduate degree from St. Catherine’s School.

Her passion for retail has made her a world traveler. Her knowledge and experience of cultures, customs and traditions has developed throughout her career as she explored every corner of the earth. In a career spanning over 20 years she has worked as a buyer for some of the biggest brand names including Macy’s Department Store.

She was the former President of the Garden Club of Virginia, The Woman’s Club, Tuckahoe Garden Club, the Sacred Heart Center and the Jenkins Foundation. She has also made a valued contribution to her community and its future generations by working with numerous schools and institutions.

Skyler F. Yost

Skyler Yost is Founder and CEO of St. Elmo Community Builders, a boutique economic development consultancy. He currently serves as Ecosystem Builder for his hometown of York, Pennsylvania.

Having graduated from Franklin University Switzerland in 2011 with a B.A. in International Management, he went on receive his M.A. in International Planning and Sustainable Development from the University of Westminster in London, UK. Since then, he has worked building startup communities in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Central Pennsylvania.

He has served in various leadership roles for the Franklin community, both on campus and off. He has been an active member of the Alumni Council since 2012, is a co-founder of both the Franklin Clubs of London and New York, and currently co-chairs the Franklin Club of Washington DC. He is married to fellow Franklin class of 2011 grad Olivia Yost (née Johns).

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Founded in 1969, we are the only independent, private liberal arts university in Switzerland. Combining the best of both American and Swiss education, we give students a transformative and fully international experience in a safe and supportive campus community. Through integrative study, research, immersion and exposure to the world through travel, students gain new perspectives and develop new horizons. Our alumni are highly successful, worldly, aware and live around the world.

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.

Dual Accreditation


Swiss (AA)


US (MSCHE)

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)

The University has also been approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education 中华人民共和国教育部 as an accredited foreign university in China.

Find out more about Franklin's dual accreditation.

Faculty

Fall 2018 Census

The FUS faculty is a select group of accomplished scholars, respected researchers, and innovative thinkers. They obtained their PhDs at some of the most renown institutions worldwide such as: Princeton University / New York University / University of Chicago / University of St. Gallen / University of London / Université Paris

Meet our Faculty

Class Statistics

Fall 2018 Census

Students

Fall 2018 Census

Headcount: 337
Full-Time Equivalency: 333


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%


Graduated summa cum laude: 1
Graduated magna cum laude: 12
Graduated cum laude: 11

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 / 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 / United Kingdom

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

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

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

Australia and Oceania (0.5%)
Australia

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

Student Outcomes and Alumni Network

Franklin University Switzerland graduates obtained full-time employment

75% 0-6 months after graduation
95% 0-12 months 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

Where Our Graduates Go

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Franklin University Switzerland was approved in 2018 by the Chinese Ministry of Education 中华人民共和国教育部 as an accredited foreign university in China.  This approval means that graduates from Franklin will have a degree that is recognized in China, providing additional opportunities for careers in the public and private sectors. 

Being on the list of recognized institutions not only gives students coming from China the opportunity to have an international experience at Franklin and earn a degree that is recognized at home, but it also opens doors for any Franklin graduate considering a career in China.

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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 Education System (for more details see Accreditation below).
The University has also been approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education 中华人民共和国教育部 as an accredited foreign university in China.

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 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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Faculty

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

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Class Statistics

Fall 2018 Census

Total number of classes: 108
Average class size: 15

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Students

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%)
Australia

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
  • 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

Where Our Graduates Go

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