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Come to study in one of the most cutting-edge cities in Europe. You will have a choice between an emphasis in business or the arts, both areas in which Zurich is a leader in the field. The city presents a safe and open environment for a study abroad experience. Franklin’s program is the only semester-long study abroad in the city taught entirely in English, preparing you to take on the city as a classroom in small learning settings tailored to dynamic, interactive learning.

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 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.

The program is 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. It is also specifically recommended for Business Management, Environmental Studies, Visual Arts, History, Urban Studies, Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature or Modern Languages, as 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.

Current Franklin students wishing to participate in The Zurich Program should see their advisors for details and registration. 

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You may choose an emphasis in either Business and Marketing or Art and Film.


Emphasis in Business and Marketing

  • Sustainability Challenges in Modern Organizations

  • Digital Marketing and Web Analytics

Emphasis in Art and Film

  • Art in Practice: From the Studio to the Auction House

  • Ecocritical Approaches to Film

Academic Opportunities

  • Undergraduate Symposium at Franklin University Switzerland, Lugano
  • Journal Publication of Research Project (Optional, 1 credit)
  • German or French Language Courses, all levels (Optional, 3 credits)


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


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 coordinator 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 are experienced in curating innovative courses to support your learning in the classroom, around town and on excursions to nearby cities such as Basel, Berne and Geneva.


Tuition rates vary based on citizenship and residence. See our Tuition page for details. Junior and sophomore study abroad students may be eligible for special rates. Bring a friend and each get a half-price ticket for the Swiss transport system. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.