We are excited to welcome new students in January! Student leaders and staff will help new students adjust to their new environment over the course of several days before classes begin on Monday, January 22.  All new students should plan to move into their residence halls on Wednesday, January 17, between 09:00 and 17:00 Swiss Time.

We will be in touch with new students with more information as soon as we have it! Please note that the schedule below is tentative and that new students will receive a final version when they arrive on campus.

The Office of Student Life will host two question-and-answer sessions on Zoom so students and their families can ask questions!

The first session will be held on Wednesday, December 13, at 18:00 (6:00 p.m.) Central European Time and the second will be on Monday, January 15, at 18:00 (6:00 p.m.) Central European Time. These sessions are not mandatory, and all are welcome to attend! Students will receive the Zoom information via email in early December. 


Wednesday, January 17

09:00 – 17:00

New Student Arrival and Check-In – Office of Student Life, P. Gregory Warden Student Center Lounge (New C Lounge) at the McNeely Center of Ideas and Imagination

The Office of Student Life will be open so new students can check in, receive their apartment keys, and find information about their new home!


Dinner with Student Leaders (Optional)

Thursday, January 18

08:30 –09:45 Breakfast (Optional)


Welcome and Morning Sessions


Lunch with student leaders

13:30 – 18:00

Orientation Sessions – New students will meet some of the people who will be central to their Franklin experience and learn about how things work on campus. Please note that attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Students should bring the passport(s) they used to enter Switzerland, as they will have an appointment at which this will be required.


A Taste of Switzerland – We welcome new students with a special dinner featuring regional dishes each semester. Please join student leaders, faculty, staff, and other new students for a great Franklin tradition.

Friday, January 19

08:30 – 09:30

Breakfast (Optional)


Registrar Information Session (mandatory for all transfer and first-year students)



Course Registration and Advising Appointments will continue throughout the afternoon. The Office of Student Life will offer optional activities so students can get to know others and explore the area!


Dinner (optional) 
20:00 Movie and/or Game Night (optional)

Saturday, January 20


Brunch (optional) - Please note that students' meal plans will start on Saturday. 


A free shuttle to IKEA has been arranged for students who would like to purchase some things for their apartments!


Dinner (optional)

To all incoming students and parents
Warning: Mobility by Train

As a result of the derailment in the Gotthard Base Tunnel on August 10, the passenger trains between Ticino and the German-speaking part of Switzerland will be diverted via the Alpine Panorama Route until further notice. Although this journey is picturesque, it will take 60 minutes longer for national traffic and 60-120 minutes longer for international traffic. Since double-deck trains cannot operate on this route, there could be fewer seats available (30% fewer seats available on the weekends and slightly reduced capacity on weekdays). 

Our community is encouraged to refer to the SBB website for detailed information and plan for longer train journeys when traveling between Ticino and the German-speaking part of Switzerland.