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  • Locations: Lugano, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CCIS 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/15/2018 10/01/2018 TBA TBA
Summer 2019 03/15/2019 04/01/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: CCIS, Fee-Based Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisites: None Housing Options: Off Campus
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Minimum Class Elligibility: Sophomore
Host Country Language Courses Offered: Yes Non-MSU student: Yes
Program Inactive: No Subjects Available: Anthropology, Arts/Visual Arts, Biology, Business, Ecology, Economics, English (Literature), Film, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Photography, Political Science, Psychology, Social Sciences
Pre-Session Language: No Competitive Program: No
Program Description:

Switzerland: Franklin University, Lugano


Founded in 1969, Franklin University is an American-style liberal arts college located a short walk from the city center of Lugano. The cornerstone of the college's mission has been its commitment to courses that are international in perspective and cross-cultural in content. In addition, students and faculty come from every corner of the globe, further exposing students to other cultures and international experiences. With just over four hundred students, the college can also boast small classes that emphasize strong student to teacher interaction. Most courses are taught in English. A highlight of each semester is the Academic Travel Program. This two-week study tour of Europe is taught by a Franklin University faculty member and provides students with one additional credit. Past destinations have included France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.


Franklin University is located in the city of Lugano, which is the cultural, recreational, financial, and commercial hub of Switzerland. The city is fun and sophisticated, with dozens of outdoor activities, concert halls, museums, shops, and restaurants.


The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership of colleges and universities—two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign—encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators, which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community.

Franklin University is perfectly located in the heart of Europe in Lugano, Switzerland, on the Swiss/Italian border. Situated on Lake Lugano, one of the spectacular lakes within the "Swiss Rivera," Lugano is the cultural, recreational, financial and commercial hub of Switzerland's southernmost, Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. Lugano is a sophisticated and safe city, with dozens of outdoor activities, concert halls, great museums, and a variety of shops and restaurants. Lugano is also the central point of departure for all of Europe. With Lugano's rail lines and regional airport, all of Europe is within easy reach.

Students participating in the CCIS Lugano, Switzerland Semester Program have the opportunity to study a variety of fields, including Art, Business, Communication, History, Languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish), Political Science, and Sociology. In addition, the program includes a two-week guided excursion throughout Europe led by professors from Franklin College.

Semester and summer programs available.