Admission Procedures

We recommend that you submit your application by June 15 (if you require a visa to come to Switzerland) for the Fall Semester, and by November 15 for the Spring Semester. For students not requiring a visa, we will still be accepting applications on a rolling basis throughout the summer. For potential tuition fee reductions, the priority deadlines are March 15 and November 1, respectively. You may study at Franklin with ‘Gap Year’ or 'Foundation Year' status for a maximum of two semesters.

Apply for Admission

All Gap/Foundation Year applicants are required to submit:

  1. A completed undergraduate application form and a non-refundable application fee of CHF 90 or US $90. To pay by credit card or for more information on ways to pay, please see Payment Options.
  2. An essay and personal statement.
  3. Official transcripts of work done in other institutions previously attended. A separate transcript must be sent directly by each institution, regardless of whether transfer credit is requested. Certified translations must be included for transcripts not written in English, Italian, French, German, or Spanish.
  4. One letter of recommendation from a professor, foreign study advisor or Dean, or two letters from employers if you have not attended school for more than one semester prior to the time of application.
  5. Non-U.S. applicants for whom English is not a first language are required to submit their scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or another internationally recognized test of English language proficiency, e.g. the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo English Test (DET). We require a score of 90 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), a score of 5.5 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or a score of 110 on the DET (Duolingo English Test).
    For Foundation Year applicants, the Admissions Commission will consider lower grades, equivalent to B2 level in the Common European Framework for languages.


Tuition and fees for Gap Year are the same* as the first year Undergraduate program.

*Swiss/EU/EEA tuition is not applicable to the Gap Year program.

Enrollment Deposit

If you are admitted to Franklin University Switzerland as a Gap Year or Foundation Year student, an enrollment confirmation deposit of CHF500 or US500 is required by May 1 for the Fall Semester and December 1 for the Spring Semester. To pay by credit card or for more information on ways to pay, please see Payment Options.

Apply for Admission