Franklin students hiking in Iceland with Prof. Hale

Do you want...

Adventure and Exploration?

Multicultural Engagement?

Personal Growth?

Expanded Horizons?

Join us for a Gap Year in Switzerland, the adventure of a lifetime!

Franklin University Switzerland’s Gap year or semester programs for fall and spring terms are perfect for you.

  • Study safely in Switzerland, ranked #1 worldwide for for handling COVID-19
  • Earn college credit while focusing on social justice, the environment and intensive language study.
  • Benefit from Franklin’s dual accreditation in the US and Switzerland.
  • Work with Franklin’s wonderful professors both on campus and when traveling throughout Switzerland and Europe.
  • Form a tight knit community with your peers from 61 countries to make life-long connections.
  • Gain once-in-a-lifetime experiences that will shape your future and allow you to create your own life narrative.
  • Gain confidence and leadership skills, as well as multicultural perspectives and competencies.

Want to make a difference and change the world?

FRANKLIN is the place for you.

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Located in the heart of Europe, Franklin University Switzerland is an international university located in the Italian-speaking Swiss canton of Ticino and city of Lugano. Lugano sprawls luxuriously amidst the alps along the shores of beautiful Lake Lugano.

A Gap Year abroad will impart valuable life skills, open doors to future opportunities, hone resumes and build life-long global friendships. Franklin’s Gap Year will help you develop group skills such as collaboration, negotiation, communication and leadership. Find your voice and build confidence for what comes next, whether college or career.

Franklin’s Gap Year program offers three experiential tracks:

  1. Academic and related Travel Track with transferable credits in a variety of disciplines
  2. Global Community Service Track with preparatory core classes
  3. Language-Intensive Track focused on gaining proficiency in French, Italian or German
Students learning how goat cheese is made in Italy
Students attending class in the design lab
Students tending the Sustainable Garden on campus

1. Academic and Related Travel Track with Transferable Credits

Traveling Tales: Expand Your View of the World and Move Confidently Within It

This experiential Gap Year seminar combines teambuilding activities, community engagement, multicultural understanding as well as a series of local excursions. You will be connected to the FUS alumni and have the opportunity to work with and learn from Franklin faculty who collaborate closely with students in their own groundbreaking research.

Sample Program

2. Global Community Service Track with Core Preparatory Classes

Traveling Tales: Explore the Nexus of Passion and Service while Learning to Become a Change Agent

Have you always wanted to make a difference?

Preparatory Gap Year seminars combined with teambuilding activities, community engagement, multicultural understanding as well as service placement. You will have the opportunity to work with and learn from our faculty who collaborate closely with Franklin students.

Courses for this track will focus on: Sustainability and Social Justice, Business Writing skills, Career/Internship Development and Language studies.

Switzerland is home to scores of global organizations and NGOs including: The International Red Cross, The United Nations, The World Health Organization, The United Nations World Tourism Organization, The World Trade Organization, The World Meteorological Organization, FIFA Headquarters, The International Olympic Committee and Pro Natura.

These agencies work to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and violence, address global health concerns, work to eliminate poverty, foster, sustainable development, care for our planet and more. Whatever your passion, this experiential seminar will help you learn from some of the world’s largest and most effective NGOs and global organizations. What better way to help you discern if a career path in a service organization could be in your future?

NGOs in Switzerland

3. Language Intensive Track

Traveling Tales: In a Global World, Immerse Yourself in the Skills Needed to Excel Beyond Borders

This experiential seminar combines teambuilding activities, community engagement, and multicultural understanding as well as a series of local excursions. You will have the opportunity to work with and learn from Franklin faculty who collaborate closely with students on their own groundbreaking research.

Sample Program

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