"Studying abroad in Lugano, Switzerland, at Franklin College will go down as the best summer in my life - I'm sure of it!
There is nothing quite like traveling around Europe for a weekend and having a place to come back to like Lugano. The views are breathtaking, from the lake and downtown Lugano looking up into the Alps, and from the mountains looking down upon the small towns.
I am making it a prioity to travel back to Switzerland within the next five years, and I would be fine only traveling within it's borders. There is such diversity, with the French, German, and Italian regions, so it's almost as if you're getting several parts of Europe in one. As a result of its diversity, the French, German and Italian cuisines are all authentic and words can't describe the taste of the delicious food.
Get the real European experience all within one country, go to Switzerland!"
Perfectly located in the heart of Europe is Lugano, Switzerland, the home of Franklin College. 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.
To help students acclimate to their new surroundings, each semester begins with a day-long orientation conducted by the staff at Franklin College. The orientation program includes sessions on academics, living in Lugano, health and safety issues, and a walking tour of the city. Franklin College offers many diverse activities for students, including a variety of campus events, student clubs, and team sports. Students also receive discounts to many of the downtown fitness centers.
Students will share a fully-furnished campus apartment with other program participants, located within walking distance of campus. All kitchenettes and common cooking facilities are stocked with basic cookware, silverware, plates, bowls and glasses. Students will need to bring their own bed linens and towels; however, a pillow and duvet comforter may be leased directly from Franklin College before arriving on campus. Each residence building also has a trained student Resident Assistant (RA) assigned to help participants during their time at Franklin. Students may purchase an optional meal plan directly from Franklin College, which offers 10 meals per week for 14 weeks. Additional information about the optional meal plan will be provided in the acceptance packet from Franklin College.
Most courses are taught in English and are available in a variety of fields, including art history, business, communications, history, literature, modern languages (French, German, Italian and Spanish), music, political science, and studio arts. Students typically take 4 or 5 classes per term and earn 12 to 15 semester credits.
A highlight of each semester is the Academic Travel Program. This two-week study tour of Europe is taught by a Franklin College faculty member and provides students with one additional credit. Past destinations have included France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The cost of the academic travel program is included in the program fee.
Students stay in the Zurich Youth Hostel. It has become one of the most modern of the world-open round the clock, so you really get to know Zurich, the little city on a global scale. The hostel has a roomy entrance hall and a spacious inner courtyard for the international global community to meet and experience good cuisine. The hostel has comfortable rooms in a quiet city location close to the lake.
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