Franklin University Switzerland strongly encourages the entire Franklin community to complete their COVID vaccinations. While we understand this might not be possible for everyone depending on your location and personal situation, we encourage you to do what you can to keep our community safe. We are working hard to put the pandemic behind us and create a 2021-2022 campus environment that is both safe and vibrant.
Together, we can create a safe and dynamic Franklin experience!
Below are frequently asked questions about the COVID vaccine to help students better understand the situation at Franklin and in Switzerland. The information shared here represents the situation as of December 14, 2021. We will update these answers and information as conditions changes, but please keep in mind that our experience with COVID-19 has taught us that things can change quickly.
What can I do to contribute to the health and safety of the Franklin Community?
The most important step is to complete your COVID vaccinations before coming to campus if you can. The entire Franklin community is asked to take the Pledge to protect the Franklin community. By taking the Pledge, students recognize that they have a social responsibility towards their community to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following campus guidelines and being held accountable for their actions.
Is the COVID vaccine required at Franklin?
Students are currently required to demonstrate proof of vaccination in order to participate in Academic Travel. Complete the Vaccination Form and upload scans/PDFs as proof of your vaccination status (information sent via email). We are taking this measure to help ensure your safety and the safety of others. An alternative Swiss academic travel course may be available for students who have not been vaccinated, but that is not guaranteed at this time.
What are the types of COVID vaccines authorized in Switzerland?
If an individual was vaccinated outside of Switzerland, it is possible to obtain a Swiss COVID Certificate with a QR code if the vaccination meets the following conditions:
- You were vaccinated abroad.
- You are fully vaccinated.
- You received a vaccine that is approved by the European Medicines Agency
- Comirnaty® / BNT162b2 / Tozinameran (Pfizer/BioNTech)
- Spikevax® / mRNA-1273 / COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna)
- Vaxzevria® / AZD1222 / Covishield™ (AstraZeneca)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
- Sinopharm / BIBP (SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell)) - Note that the QR certificate indicating one's vaccination status with this vaccine is only valid in Switzerland.
- Sinovac (CoronaVac) - Note that the QR certificate indicating one's vaccination status with this vaccine is only valid in Switzerland.
Students who are not able to get one of the vaccines listed above should contact Chris Schmid, the Coordinator of Student Medical Services, to discuss your situation and if appropriate to set up an appointment for your free vaccination in Switzerland after your arrival.
If I get my first vaccine dose in my current location, can I get the second dose after I arrive at Franklin?
Franklin strongly recommends that students obtain the full doses of the COVID vaccine in their current location before arriving at Franklin. If this is not possible, students should be aware that Ticino only offers two types of vaccines (Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna). Students who need to obtain the second dose or booster after arriving at Franklin must obtain one of these two vaccines. Students who need to obtain their second dose or booster in Switzerland should contact Chris Schmid, the Coordinator of Student Medical Services, for assistance.
What if I am not able to get the COVID vaccine due to a medical exception?
Students with a medical exception should complete the Vaccination Form (information sent via email) to indicate that they are not vaccinated. They should upload their medical certificate documenting their situation. Students with a medical exception may need to change their Academic Travel class and follow other conditions (i.e. take a COVID test) depending on the requirements of Academic Affairs and the Academic Travel country.
If I am not vaccinated before my arrival in Switzerland, how will that affect my on-campus housing?
Individuals who are not vaccinated will be required by Swiss authorities to quarantine for 10 days if they have close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID. If a COVID case is confirmed, all roommates in a shared bedroom and unvaccinated roommates in a shared apartment will be required to quarantine until they are authorized to exit quarantine by the Coordinator of Student Medical Services and Well-Being. Students who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with a private bedroom in a shared apartment will not be required to quarantine, but are required to monitor their health for any flu-like symptoms and immediately report any symptoms to email@example.com.
If I am not vaccinated for COVID-19, will I have to quarantine upon my arrival in Switzerland?
Franklin follows the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) COVID mandates and guidelines that can change quickly to adapt to the epidemiological situation. On the FOPH site, there is a travel quarantine list requiring non-vaccinated individuals who travel from high-risk countries to quarantine for 10 days upon the arrival. Franklin encourages students and their family members to complete the Swiss TravelCheck prior to arrival to verify the conditions for your entry to Switzerland.
What if I am vaccinated, do I have to wear a mask?
All members of the Franklin community must wear a mask indoors on the Franklin campus. This includes all classrooms, computer labs, Library, Dining Hall and Grotto, WLC, and common areas (lounges, hallways, shared kitchens, etc.). In addition, individuals are expected to wear masks outdoors on the Franklin campus when social distancing is not possible.
How will the COVID vaccine affect daily life in Switzerland?
Switzerland launched the COVID Certificate App to document when an individual has been vaccinated for COVID-19 in Switzerland, recovered from COVID-19 in Switzerland, or has a negative Swiss COVID test result. Students are encouraged to download the Swiss COVID Certificate App from the App store. Individuals vaccinated outside of Switzerland can obtain a Swiss COVID Certificate with a QR code by following the instructions on this site.
The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) mandates that individuals present a COVID Certificate in order to enter large events, discos, and nightclubs. In addition, certain events with no seating requirement may require individuals to present a COVID Certificate for entry.
The COVID vaccine and other conditions could be required to travel to certain countries. Students should verify the entry requirements for the countries where they intend to travel. Franklin encourages students to carry proof of their COVID vaccination, medical exception, COVID test results, and other related documents when they travel or attend certain events requiring this documentation. In addition, Franklin encourages students and their family members to complete the Swiss TravelCheck prior to arrival to verify the conditions for your entry to Switzerland.
How can I make an appointment for a COVID test to travel?
To make an appointment for a test at a local testing center, please visit the reservation site as far in advance as possible. We strongly recommend that students traveling for winter break make an appointment as soon as possible so they do not have to scramble to get an appointment at the last minute. Individuals should research the testing and entry requirements for the places to which they intend to travel to be sure their appointment falls within the required testing window before their departure.
How can I make an appointment for a COVID test to adhere to regulations when I return to Switzerland?
Starting Saturday, December 4, all individuals entering Switzerland must take a PCR test before they enter the country. Within four to seven days of their return to Switzerland, individuals must take a second test (PCR or rapid antigen test) and upload it to the confirmation upload site set up by the government. To make an appointment for a test at a local testing center, please visit the reservation site as far in advance as possible.
I heard that a booster vaccination is available in Switzerland. How do I register to get a booster?
Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech mRNA vaccines have been approved by Swissmedic for the booster vaccination of people who have been fully vaccinated for at least six months. (If a person received a vaccine in two doses, they may get a booster in Switzerland six months after the date of second dose.) Vaccination should be done with the same vaccine used for the first two doses.
The booster vaccination will be carried out in one of the six cantonal centers (Mendrisio, Breganzona / Lugano, Tesserete, Ascona, Giubiasco, Biasca) starting from November 15.
We recommend that Franklin students visit the Swiss Vaccination Check site to register for an appointment. Individuals may also go in person for a walk-in appointment at the Giubiasco Vaccination Center between Wednesday and Sunday for the Moderna and Pfizer vaccine booster and on Saturday for the Johnson & Johnson booster.
Individuals may book an appointment for their booster vaccination on the cantonal vaccination site or by calling 0800 128 128 (every day from 8.00 to 17.30).
Important: At the time of the booster vaccination it will be necessary to show one's vaccination certificate, health insurance card, and photo identification.
For more information about booster vaccination, please visit the FAQ on the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health's website. The Federal Office of Public Health has also issued a brief information sheet that may also be helpful.
2022-2023 applicants, we are ready for you!
Our Admissions team is ready to guide and support you through this important time in your life as you prepare to move to Lugano to begin your studies. The following FAQ contains answers to the most asked questions. Didn't you find what you were looking for? Contact the team directly.
The spring 2022 semester will begin as scheduled during the week of January 17, 2022. We are agile and well-prepared for spring classes to begin in Lugano or, if necessary, to begin the academic year in a hybrid learning model until all students can come to campus and study safely.
We are committed to our mission of educating responsible global leaders. In this unprecedented time of uncertainty, we look for the opportunity to innovate our program and continue to embolden our students with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in their organizations and communities. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!
My IB exams have been cancelled and I was hoping to get academic credit for those courses, what can I do?
Although FUS receives updates from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and other international examination boards, you should continue to inform us about the status of your final exam results. We will work with students to complete enrollment on a case-by-case basis. IBO is currently working with schools to make sure students receive either diplomas or certificates based on their past coursework. FUS will evaluate any assessment provided by IBO and/or your school and FUS’s current advanced standing policy will apply. If your school issued your IB predicted grades, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We understand not every school provides predicted grades, so note this is not mandatory.
My SAT or ACT testing date has been cancelled. What should I do?
FUS is test-optional and does not require SAT or ACT exams.
All my current high school/college courses have moved to virtual learning and may impact my grades. How will this affect my application/admission to Franklin University Switzerland?
If you feel this is your case, please provide a brief statement explaining the situation to email@example.com or directly to your admissions counselor. We understand these are trying times with many changes to course delivery and assessment implemented in a short period of time. We do encourage you to continue to do your best with your virtual classes.
Will Franklin University Switzerland be able to extend the application deadline since my high school/college is closed?
Yes, we accept applications on a rolling basis and the Committee is showing flexibility with regards to deadlines. For fall 2022 we are accepting applications through June 1st, so you may submit the basic online application form by then and any missing/official transcripts at a later date. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions or requests pertaining to your individual situation.
Can I still meet with an admissions counselor?
Our admission counselors are still working and are available to answer your questions. We are hosting virtual information sessions for prospective students throughout the year and will add additional dates as needed. You are welcome to schedule an individual virtual meeting by phone, Zoom, or Skype with your admissions counselor.
Can I come to campus and do a self-guided tour?
Yes, we are welcoming visitors!
To ensure the safety of our visitors, as well as our students, faculty and staff on campus, we ask that all visitors respect our current policy:
- all appointments for visits must be made in advance and confirmed via email by the Admissions team;
- appointments for visits are limited to three guests at a time;
- all visitors must wear facemasks in all indoor spaces;
- all visitors must fill out our visitor form.
At this time, class visits will not be offered and we may not be able to show our residences in person. We will have facemasks available in Admissions should you not have your own. You can request a tour and/or admissions meeting by filling out this form.
If you can't make it to campus we offer a virtual campus tour.
Will the May 1 enrollment deposit deadline be extended?
At this time, the enrollment deposit for students admitted for the Fall 2022 semester remains May 1st. If you need more time to decide or have specific concerns, please email your admissions counselor who will get back to you within 24 hours with your options. We want you to take your time to decide whether FUS is right for you.
If I am offered admission to FUS and a travel ban prevents me from enrolling for spring 2022, will I be able to change my enrollment term to fall 2022?
Yes. FUS is committed to having you join our community. If you have already been admitted, you may request a deferral to Spring 2022. We do encourage you to keep in contact with us, as we are still planning to move forward with our spring 2022 semester.
Is FUS still accepting and enrolling applicants for its summer programs?
Yes, we are accepting applications for undergraduate summer courses on a rolling basis. Topics include Finance, Psychology, Business, Art, Politics, Media, Environmental Issues, and more. See all options here.
What is Franklin University Switzerland and the country of Switzerland doing to provide a safe environment for students, staff, and faculty?
Switzerland provides a remarkably safe and welcoming place where the whole community watches out for the collective good.
The University Counselor and the Coordinator of Student Medical Services and Well-Being continue to meet with and provide support for Franklin students via phone and video chat, and in-person on an appointment basis. In addition, Franklin students have access to a 24/7 confidential HelpLine for in-the-moment emotional support from anywhere in the world. Student clubs and organizations, like the Student Government Association, continue to hold regular meetings and the Office of Student Life offers a variety of virtual social events (and in-person while adhering to safety measures), cooking demonstrations, and sport challenges to keep the Franklin community engaged.
Will I have to self-isolate after I arrive in Switzerland?
At this time, students traveling from certain countries identified by the Swiss government will have to quarantine for a period of time upon their entry to Switzerland for the spring 2022 semester. We will keep students informed if this requirement continues beyond the current semester. Check the Covid-19 resources for student and the Coronavirus Update pages for more information.
Who should I contact with questions or concerns?
We are here to assist you in any way possible. If you have any questions regarding undergraduate or graduate admissions, please contact us directly by email at email@example.com.