Come to study in one of the most cutting-edge cities in Europe. Zurich is a leader in both business and the arts, and it’s a safe and open environment for a study abroad experience that prepares you to take on the city as a classroom in small learning settings tailored to dynamic, interactive learning. Franklin’s program is the only semester-long study abroad in the city taught entirely in English.

In true Franklin style, the Zurich Program will give you opportunities to know the city in ways you couldn’t as a tourist. You will personally connect with organizations and businesses, filmmakers and artists, museums and markets. You will dig into Swiss languages and history. You will participate in research projects tied to your own interests, and you’ll present your work to your peers and professors. The most ambitious students will even publish their written work in an academic journal for an honors credit.

Take advantage of this interdisciplinary program designed for students who have at least 30 credits and are in their second or third year of university study, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. If you are still completing your core requirements or have decided to major in Business Management, Environmental Studies, Visual Arts, History, Urban Studies, Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature or Modern Languages, you will likely be able to utilize these courses towards completion of your major or degree. Our experienced faculty will help you to focus on a learning path relevant to your chosen field of study.

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Curriculum

The core courses are taught in modules that each last one month to give you a chance to immerse yourself in a topic from many different angles, and faculty use teaching techniques that allow you to learn on a number of levels. They are taught by experienced, well-credentialed Franklin faculty or visiting faculty from other Swiss universities. Language instructors are experts in language pedagogy.

Courses

Module I: Zurich's Urban Cultures: From Roman Garrison to Industrial Chic (3 credits)

Module II: Addressing Sustainability Challenges in Modern Organizations (3 credits)

Module III: From the Artist’s Studio to the Art Market (3 credits)

German or French, all levels (Optional Program Component) (3 credits)

Directed Research Seminar (2 credits)

Symposium at Franklin University Switzerland, Lugano (1 credit)

Journal Publication of Research Project (Optional Program Component) (1 credit)

Faculty

Johanna Fassl

Gabriel Gee

Caroline Wiedmer

Living in Zurich

Zurich, with its medieval city-center, pristine lake and edgy cultural scene that is home to several film festivals, over 20 major museums, a great culinary culture and an active music scene, is tough to beat for sheer liveability. Add to that the fact that it's considered one of the safest and cleanest spots in Europe with a brilliant public transport system, two major universities with a vibrant student life, and easy access to stunning slopes in the winter, and it's easy to see why it was ranked among the ten best student towns in the world in 2018 by QS World University Ranking. Also, if you want to explore other European cities while based in Zurich, the airport is a mere tram ride away.

Housing and Support

Housing

You will share furnished apartments with kitchens and private or double rooms with fellow students in the Zurich Program. The seminar room is located in a newly refurbished community building that offers a café and lounge, and is situated in Kreis 3, one of the coolest areas in town.

Student Support

Studying abroad can be thrilling, but it can also pose challenges: Where do I get lunches priced for students? How do I navigate the complex transport system, where can I get a local SIM card? Where's the best music? Where can I find a doctor? What do I do when I'm feeling homesick? The Zurich Program has a dedicated student life person and a program director on-site who can help answer all your questions, and who have planned exciting extra-curricular events to enable you to make the most of your stay in Switzerland.

Franklin University Switzerland, a dually accredited liberal arts university located in Lugano, is our administrative hub and has a full complement of dedicated student life professionals, who help with anything from registration and insurance to enrollment and visa questions. Your professors in the meantime are experienced in curating innovative courses in Franklin's academic travel program to support your learning in the classroom, around town and on excursions to nearby cities such as Basel, Berne and Geneva.

Tuition

Tuition rates vary based on citizenship and residence. See our Tuition page for details. Please note that the Swiss/EU/EEA tuition rate does not apply to Swiss/EU/EEA students applying for the Zurich Program. Junior and sophomore study abroad students may be eligible for special rates. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.