The Tuition and Fees shown below are in US Dollars (USD). These prices apply to US citizens or permanent residents and to Canadian citizens.


Undergraduate Programs
(Bachelor of Arts and Study Abroad)

Cost of Attendance

The actual cost of attendance will vary depending on circumstances, based on how far you have to travel to reach Franklin, the choices you make regarding meals and housing, and more. The costs can be broken into Direct vs. Indirect costs (see below).

Direct Costs

These will appear on the billing statement each semester and may vary based on the cost of housing and meal plan the student chooses. These costs include tuition, university fees, room and board as well as Swiss health insurance. Exact amounts or averages for these costs (for example for housing or insurance) are provided below.

Tuition and Fees Per Semester Per Year
Academic Tuition
Includes Academic Travel
(Required, two weeks each semester)
$22,600 $45,200
Annual University Fees $775 $1550
Orientation Fee (new incoming students only) $500 $500
Housing and Meals    
Average Residence Hall $5,365 $10,730
Meal Plan (required for all first-year students) $1,600 $3,200
Health Insurance    
Average Insurance for Non-Swiss/EU/EFTA residents* $950 $1,900

*Swiss law requires that all students with residency outside EU/EFTA countries are covered by Swiss medical insurance. The cost varies according to the age of the student. For information regarding the cost of Swiss medical insurance please see Health Insurance.

Indirect Costs

These costs are incidental to the students’ attendance and are fully managed by the students and their families. These costs include travel costs to/from Franklin each semester, the purchase of books and supplies as well as personal costs for weekend travel, toiletries, and such. Each family can reduce these costs by planning travel early, sending care packages from home that include lower priced toiletries, buying used books and more.

Typical Expenses Per Semester Per Year
Books and other materials $765 $1,530
Travel to and from campus (average cost of an intercontinental flight) $1,000 $2,000
Average cost for personal expenses, off-campus meals, independent travel (based on student surveys) $1,650 $3,300

Total Average Cost of Attendance

Based on the above estimates and average costs, the typical total cost of attendance for a non-Swiss, new incoming undergraduate student (e.g. a first-year undergraduate student, incoming study abroad student or transfer student) coming from the US or Canada would calculate as follows:

  Average Direct Costs   Average Indirect Costs   Total
First Semester $31,790 + $3,415 = $35,205
Second Semester $31,290 + $3,415 = $34,705

Payment Due Dates

The payment dates for 2020-2021 undergraduate students are as follows:

Summer I 2020 May 1, 2020
Summer II 2020 June 1, 2020
Fall 2020 July 30, 2020
Spring 2021 December 18, 2020

Refund policy

For information on refund policy, please see Tuition Payment and Policies.

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Graduate Programs

Tuition for each graduate program is calculated separately and can be paid in Swiss Francs only.  The following tuition costs are for the full 12-month program.

Master of Science in International Management CHF 25,000
Master of Arts in Political Economy of Money and Development CHF 16,000

As a graduate student you should expect the following average direct and indirect annual costs:

Academic Travel CHF 2,300
Housing (if living on campus) CHF 12,740
Health Insurance for Non-Swiss/EU/EFTA residents* CHF 1,700
Meal plan (optional) CHF 3,200
Other expenses (travel, books, meals out, entertainment, personal items - estimate) CHF 7,500

*Swiss law requires that all students with residency outside EU/EFTA countries are covered by Swiss medical insurance. The cost varies according to the age of the student. For information regarding the cost of Swiss medical insurance please see Health Insurance.

Payment Due Dates

The payment dates for 2020-2021 graduate students are as follows:

Fall 2020 June 15, 2020
Spring 2021 December 18, 2020

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Summer Programs

Undergraduate Programs

You may register for a maximum of two courses in each summer session. Citizens and permanent residents of the United States or Canada can pay in US dollars at the prices listed below. Students from all other countries must pay in Swiss francs. For more information on ways to pay, please see Payment Options.

Application Fee*** $35
Enrollment Deposit****  $145
Tuition (per course) $2,850
Housing (per 4-week session) $1,000
Estimated cost for textbooks (per course) $200
Meal plan***** (per 4-week session) $275

*** The application is fee due upon submission of your application.
**** A per student non-refundable enrollment confirmation deposit is due at the time of course enrollment.
***** The meal plan is an open account/dining credit plan that covers approximately 6 meals per week (breakfast, lunch or dinner).

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High School Programs

Tuition, room and board $1,500

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