Thursday, January 18

10.00

Individual Arrivals

10.30

New Student Check-In and Immigration Paperwork
Office of Student Life, Airone

12.30

Lunch with Office of Student Life Staff and Resident Assistants

14.00

Grace Library Introduction and Campus Tour

15.15

Life in Switzerland
Learn important information about Swiss culture and Franklin’s student life policies. This session will help students understand what it means to be a part of our community. 

16.30

Orientation Group Meetings
New students will meet in small groups with their Orientation Mentors and other new Franklin students.

17.15

Safety and Security at Franklin and in Lugano
We will discuss information, tips, and strategies for staying safe as a Franklin student.

18.30

"A Taste of Switzerland"
Join us for a buffet-style dinner to taste various traditional dishes from the diverse regions of Switzerland.

Friday, January 19

8.00

Breakfast

8.45

Orientation Group Meetings

9.30

Writing Sample
Students who will be taking writing courses at Franklin will provide a sample to help faculty place them in the appropriate courses.

9.30

Student Leader Panel
Students not taking the Writing Sample will meet informally with the RAs and OMs to talk about getting involved and making the most of their time at Franklin.

10.45

Registrar Information and Preparing for Advising and Course Registration

11.45

Math Placement
Students who will be taking a math course while at Franklin will take a brief math placement before course registration.

11.45

Sorengo Tour
Students who will not be taking the Math Placement will become familiar with the shops and resources in the area immediately off campus. Those taking the math placement will have a chance to go with student leaders later in the day.

12.45

Lunch with Faculty Members

14.00

Introduction to the Fowler Learning Commons

14.30

Advising and Registration
Students will meet with their faculty advisors to discuss and select their spring courses.

19.00

Dinner and Movie Night
Our student leaders will prepare a homemade dinner for new students. After dinner, students are encouraged to stay for a movie night!

Saturday, January 20

8.00

Breakfast

9.00

Group Trip to Bellinzona
New students and several student leaders will visit the Saturday market in Bellinzona and several castles. The three Bellinzona castles are a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

13.00

Tour of Downtown Lugano

18.00

Dinner
Join us for pizza from one of the pizzerias near campus!

21.00

Night Out or Game Night with Student Leaders
Students will have the opportunity to visit a few areas many Franklinites frequent afterhours. We will also have a game night on campus for those who would like to hang out with student leaders on campus.