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March 2005 Visits

on March 13, 2005 in College Visits

franklinThis month our college visits took on an international focus as we visited Franklin College in Lake Lugano, Switzerland. Franklin is an American liberal arts college in an international environment. While the size of the college is small, the experience is huge. The location of Franklin in this beautiful resort town near the Italian border allows students access to many travel opportunities throughout Europe.

The global focus of the courses along with the international student body (only 50% are American) makes this a unique opportunity for the adventurous undergraduate. Strong programs include international banking and finance, international communications, modern languages and international relations. Academic travel is required at Franklin as each semester for two weeks students travel the world with members of this international faculty. Read more about the international travel courses here. Fees for Franklin rival US counterparts and with the exception of travel to more distant locations like Cuba, India and Africa, semester travel expenses are covered by your tuition. Merit aid and financial aid is available. If you apply by December 1st and are accepted, you can fly free with a round trip ticket for the Fall. Summer and gap year programs are also popular, with many of these students deciding to apply for four years.

A bit up the hill in Lake Lugano, we visited the American School in Switzerland , a high school which is the home of the TASIS Summer Programs for High School Students. This school offers students a unique opportunity to study topics ranging from engineering and architecture, to languages and art history. Students come from all over the world to take part in these programs. The recently completed library pictured here (below right) has won a significant design award. The school also has programs in Italy, Spain, England and France, and offers a post-graduate year for students who want to take a year before college.

Another opportunity for students looking abroad is the University of Richmond, the American International University in London. The student body here is very international with students from over 100 countries. Students who are independent and who have traveled before do best here. Richmond students get a global education in this comprehensive university of over 1200, and many students pursue opportunities around the world after graduation.

For more information on British Universities including costs, types of programs and course searches, read more on the British Council website. For more information on Canadian universities including such unique programs as the Foundation Year Great Books Program at The University of King’s College-Halifax, read more here. We will cover more on Canadian universities in future issues.

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