Franklin students hiking in Iceland with Prof. Hale

Looking for post-quarantine adventure? Feeling the need for exploration and engagement in a safe and secure environment? Hoping to expand your horizons and personal growth? Franklin University Switzerland’s semester and year-long gap experiential programs for fall 2020 and spring 2021 are perfect for you.

  • Earn college credit while focusing on social justice and the environment.
  • 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.
  • You and your peers from 62 countries will form a tight knit community at Franklin where you will 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.
  • Gain proficiency in Italian, French, or German

Want to make a difference and change the world? Franklin is the place for you.

Franklin's Gap Year program offers transferable credits in a variety of disciplines.

Students learning how goat cheese is made in Italy
Students attending class in the design lab
Students tending the Sustainable Garden on campus

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Sample Fall Program

Traveling Tales: Telling your Story and Skills for Global Success

Franklin's archaeological excavation in Tuscany

This experiential seminar combines teambuilding activities, community engagement, multicultural understanding and etiquette as well as a series of local excursions. You will be connected to the FUS alumni and career network, and will also have the opportunity to work with and learn from Franklin faculty who collaborate closely with students in their own groundbreaking research. The seminar also includes workshops on preparing for university admission or internship applications.

Plus 12 credits from the following, including one Academic Travel course:

Interested in jump-starting your language skills in Europe and immersing yourself in the language?

ITA 102 Intensive, introductory Italian (6 credits) or
French/German at the appropriate level (3 credits)

Courses with a focus on social justice, sustainability and the environment:

BIO 210T Alpine Ecosystems (Academic Travel, 3 credits) or
CLCS 248T European Food Systems (Cultural Studies Academic Travel, 3 credits)
ENV 199-1 Glaciers No More? Climate Change (First Year Seminar*, 3 credits) or
ENV 199-2 Sushi Anyone? Our Last Wild Food (First Year Seminar*, 3 credits)
ENV 220W Ecocritical Approaches to Literature (3 credits)
SJS 100 Sustainability and Social Justice (3 credits)

*First Year Seminar required if you have not completed 15 or more university credits after the completion of the high school diploma. If you are not enrolled in a First Year Seminar, then we recommend that you enroll in ENV 220W for the emphasis in writing skills.

Sample Spring Program

For New Students:

Traveling Tales: Telling your Story and Skills for Global Success

Professor Patrick Della Croce teaching freshwater conservation

This experiential seminar combines teambuilding activities, community engagement, multicultural understanding and etiquette as well as a series of local excursions. You will be connected to the FUS alumni and career network, and will also have the opportunity to work with and learn from Franklin faculty who collaborate closely with students in their own groundbreaking research. The seminar also includes workshops on preparing for university admission or internship applications.

For Continuing Students:

Sustainability and Social Justice in Local Communities: Applications and Perspectives (Gap year capstone)

This experiential learning seminar brings students out into the community and pairs them with local organizations and opportunities for service. Possibilities include volunteering with the local schools and after school programs, Pro Natura, local museums, and the city of Lugano. Includes a directed study to integrate the volunteer opportunity with the overall community living and learning experience.

Plus 12 credits from the following, including one Academic Travel course:

Interested in jump-starting your language skills in Europe and immersing yourself in the language?

ITA 102 Intensive, introductory Italian (6 credits) or
ITA 202 Intensive, intermediate Italian (6 credits) or
French/German at the appropriate level (3 credits)

Also recommended:

ENV 200 Understanding Environmental Issues (3 credits)
ENV 230T Perspectives on Freshwater Conservation: Italy/ Slovenia (3 credits)
SJS 100 Sustainability and Social Justice (3 credits)
STA 235 Sustainability and the Studio (Studio Art course)

There are many more courses and opportunities, so talk to us about what will work best for you.