By now, you should have paid your deposit, started your application for a student visa if necessary, and registered for student housing. If you have questions about your status, check your personal online portal.

This section covers what you need to do before arriving in August and contains information to help you understand what to expect when you get here.

First, let’s define what kind of incoming student you are:

  • You are an undergraduate if you are
    • working toward your bachelor’s degree
    • studying abroad
    • transferring to Franklin from another institution
  • You are a graduate if you are working toward your master’s degree.

Undergraduates: State Your Preferences

Undergraduates who are not preregistered for First Year Seminar, Academic Travel and Modern Language courses must submit preference forms by July 31 in order to be assigned their preferred courses prior to arrival on campus.

Information and instructions

Graduates: Pre-arrival requirements

For those students who have pre-requisite requirements, the certificate of satisfactory course completion must be uploaded to your portal 10 days before your arrival.

Write to with your arrival itinerary by August 3. Include the arrival airport, airline, flight number, flight arrival time, and approximate time you will arrive on campus for check in on Tuesday, August 16 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Pack your bags

Pack light. Students usually bring more than they need and then throw many of their belongings away when they move out of their residence halls. Plan ahead and limit yourself to two or three suitcases. Be sure to check with your airline about restrictions and additional luggage fees.

See detailed advice on what to bring... and what not to bring, how to ship some of your belongings to Franklin, and packing tips from a Franklin student.

Studying at Franklin

We’re a small university, and you’ll be learning in small groups with professors you’ll soon know well. They’ll get to know you too, and they will challenge you to grasp concepts in a profound way. We believe in experiential learning and encouraging you to discover your strengths and how to best apply them. In addition to the individual attention you’ll get in the classroom, we provide a number of academic resources and programs to support your academic work.

Academic Resources

Living in Switzerland

Switzerland is in the heart of Europe, sharing a border with France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria, and Italy. It has a population of nearly 8.5 million people and recognizes four national languages: German, French, Italian, and Romantsch. Switzerland is economically and culturally integrated with the European Union (EU) but is not a member of the EU. Although it is easy to travel throughout Europe and cross the border between Switzerland and Italy, it is important to bring one's passport and permit every time one crosses an international border.

The famous mountain ranges, collectively known as the Swiss Alps, largely determine the variety of local and regional microclimates. In the south, Ticino enjoys a warm, Mediterranean climate, and the rest of the country has a central European climate, with average temperatures typically 20° to 25°C in summer and temperatures between 2° and 6°C in winter.

Svizzera italiana

The region which lies entirely south of the Alps is known as “Svizzera italiana”, Switzerland’s Italian-speaking region. It comprises the whole of Canton Ticino and four valleys of Canton Grisons for a total population of just over 320,000. Lugano is the largest city in the region: it has an urban conglomeration of nearly 150,000 inhabitants and is the third financial center in Switzerland after Zurich and Geneva. Italian is the official language for the whole region. Italophone Switzerland blends cultural components that are typically Italian with a tradition of politics and administration that is unmistakably Swiss.

Ticino has a mild, sunny climate with a beautiful landscape characterized by its lakes (Lugano and Locarno are the main lakeside towns) and mountains (good ski resorts for winter sports). It is also home to a professional ice hockey club, a professional football club, and a professional basketball team, as well as museums, a conservatory, and cultural events.

Tourist information

Ticino tourism:
Lugano tourism:

Events and cultural programs

Events in and around Lugano:
Cultural institutions and events: