Experience learning in two unique educational summer programs, with first-class teaching by full-time university professors, world-class facilities and a stunning location in Italian-speaking southern Switzerland. We provide a truly engaging environment on a beautiful university campus where learning is fun and inspirational. Reach your potential and enhance your resume. Strengthen essential skills for your university career. Our pre-university summer programs for high school students will help rising juniors and seniors get a head start on their bachelor's degree. You can choose to enroll in one of two courses, either International Economics or Alpine Ecology.

Successful completion of the course earns you three university credits in either Economics or Environmental Science as well as a certificate of completion. These programs echo what we do on campus during the academic year, emphasizing the international perspective in a rigorous, small class environment with students from around the world.

Both courses have a built-in travel component to provide an experiential learning opportunity and to give students a taste of our signature Academic Travel program here at Franklin. Students should be at least 15 years old with at least 10 years of schooling. Further requirements are listed on our online application form.

Applications for the 2020 Summer Program for high school students will be reviewed in May. If you wish to apply, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire about availability.
 

International Economics: Perspectives from Switzerland

July 8 - 23, 2020
(Arrival Date: July 7 | Departure Date: July 24)

Are you interested in studying economics, finance, international relations or international management? Do you want to understand better the mechanisms that make the global economy tick? This introductory course will provide the opportunity to learn more about economics at home and abroad in preparation for future university study. This class introduces you to key topics, including supply and demand, economic growth, inflation, unemployment, poverty, income inequality and globalization. Using Switzerland as a case study in the international context, you will learn more about its economic history, its main sectors and the country’s position in the global economic scene.

This course meets daily on campus and includes guest lectures and field trips to different locations in Switzerland. Visit Bellinzona, the Ticino valleys and Poschiavo as you explore international economics both in and out of the classroom.

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Alpine Ecology

July 8 - 23, 2020
(Arrival Date: July 7 | Departure Date: July 24)

Is there a better place to study Alpine ecology than on location in the Swiss Alps? Are you interested in learning how the economic, political and social policies of this mountain region affect the local environment? This course will provide you with the fundamentals of alpine ecology, ranging from climate change to ecosystems, to give you the tools you need to understand how the Alps are used and managed. In particular, you will learn about the major geological steps that led to the formation of the Alps, the weather patterns that characterize the region, the basic concepts of ecology and evolution, the science behind global climate change in the Alps and finally, how all of this has affected glaciers and the future of the region.

This course meets daily on campus and includes guest lectures and field trips to different locations in Switzerland. Visit Bellinzona, the lakes of Ritom and Cadagno in Val Piora, the river Brenno and the Alpine village of Poschiavo as you explore alpine ecology both in and out of the classroom.

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