Franklin University Switzerland

Franklin University Switzerland

Ticino, Switzerland | Private


The Franklin University Switzerland is a private independent university located in Switzerland. Its’ roots are traced to the Franklin College which was founded in 1969. It was in 2014 that Franklin College Switzerland renamed itself and officially became Franklin University Switzerland. It is the only university in the world with accreditation as an higher education institute in both Switzerland and the United States of America: By the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in USA and the Swiss Accreditation Council in Switzerland. The university has also received accreditation from the Chinese Ministry of Education. The university is composed of 8 academic departments.

The faculty membership is around 45 with 25 full-time . The student to faculty ratio remains at a healthy 9:1. The average class size is 15. In 2018 the total student population was 337 with 209 females and 128 males. The highest number of students is from North America with 52.4 %, followed by Europe at 25.3%, Latin America at 6.3%, Asia at 5%, Sub Saharan Africa at 1.5, Middle East, North Africa and Greater Arabia at 9.7%. and Australia 0.5%. The students represent 59 countries.


CHF 22,030

Average Living Expenses (Bachelors)

CHF 22,030

Average Living Expenses (Masters)



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The University is located on a hillside above Lugano, the principal city of Switzerland’s southern most Italian speaking Canton of Ticino. The railway system and regional airport make any destination easily reachable from Lugano.


Franklin at present occupies 15 buildings, including 8 halls of residences. The two libraries of the university hold a collection of over 36,000 volumes. The libraries subscribe to many indexes and full text data bases.

In Lugano there are many options for typical Italian food and Swiss cuisine. There are countless restaurants,cafes and take0-way style restaurants which offer additionally Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and irish cuisines.

Residing Options

The university has 8 halls of residences with 293 students opting for on campus housing. There are plenty of off campus residences. The Guest House Lugano Center has 42 rooms (single/double/triple) all with kitchenettes, an 2-room apartments with kitchen and private bathroom is a very convenient and popular place. The graduate students are given off campus housing at Alba residences where apartment style housing is the feature. The residences are just 10 minutes walk from the campus.


The faculty comprise of professionals working in international organizations. All students are provided with one to one professional development assistance. The students follow a core curriculum where personal and industries’ interests could be configured by the selection of appropriate courses. The projects commence in fall semester and continue through the academic year.

The concentrations could be either fashion, NGO Management or self-designed. The fashion elective is more relevant as the Canton of Ticino is called the fashion valley. Some of the biggest names in fashion, luxury goods and apparel are located in this area. The Management of Social Impact Enterprises and NGOs is given added value as the country is the seat of various agencies of the United Nations, the World trade organization, the Red Cross, the international Olympic Committee, Medicins sans Frontieres and plethora of NGOs and foundations with global orientation. The fact that these organizations are different from those in the private sector has created the necessity of professionals possessing a different set of managerial skills. The MSIM students are thus uniquely placed to harvest the full potential of these opportunities for the mutual benefit. The self design electives give the student the chance to design own concentration in a variety of areas or combine areas for a completely custom program. The MSIM students are afforded the opportunity to participate in Franklin’s signature program, Academic Travel, where they attend regular Master’s degree curriculum in Madrid and Barcelona during spring semester. Design thinking, team building, and social innovations are the main areas of learning. The students would also participate in interactive workshops on key themes including impact investing, micro-finance, corporate social responsibility and environmental responsibility.

Jobs and placements

The graduates have been very successful in finding job opportunities as indicated by the figures: 75% of graduates found jobs within 0-6 months of graduation, 20% within 6-12 months of graduation, 5% after 12 months of graduation. It has been reported that 29% of the graduates achieved director/manager status within the company within 3 years of graduation. The sectors that have attracted graduates in a descending order are: Technology, Finance, non-Profit Organizations, service, Arts and Entertainment, Education, Governmental Organizations, Industry and production.

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