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Franklin College

Franklin College, via Ponte Tresa 29, 6924 Sorengo (Lugano), Switzerland
4.08 / 5 based on 18 reviews.

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86% of students recommend
18 reviews
Housing
3.5/5
All experiences (18)
Student life
4.6/5
5 stars (6)
Academic
4.0/5
4 stars (6)
Languages
4.4/5
3 stars (6)
Expenses
2.5/5
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Overall
4.4/5
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Franklin College is a wonderful place to be if you can travel, immerse yourself in culture, and have a bit of money to spend. Party hard, Study Some...Good times. Read Review
michellemarie18, United States

18 reviews of Franklin College

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HOUSING    
by Alison, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, United States
Political Science, Independent
Personal assessment
Cost
KEY:
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Disappointing.
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? Although it was about a 10 minute walk from campus, it was arranged by Franklin and mandatory for summer session partcipants.
Personal comments:
I lived in the Florida residence which were basically single occupancy apartments. Although it was a little bit of a hike to campus or to town (10-15 minutes), Florida is equipped with refridgerators, stoves, private bathrooms and AC. It was a great way to meet other kids in the program.
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STUDENT LIFE    
by Michelle, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Language, Summer Program
Personal social experience
Activities
KEY:
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
So-so.
Did not get involved.
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
Living in Florida, my wonderful 6 "res-mates" and I went out to OK BAr almost everynite because it is directly accross the street from us...Its a taxi bar/gas station but we loved it and we got to know the owner really well...Other than that there was Square, good times on Friday and then the Pub up the road from school. Lugano is wonderful but finding a regular spot is key. Other info?? Its really expensive, Manor is amazing...they have everything but its easy to spend a ton of money there. Some of the kids that go to FC are a bit stuck up because they have so much money but you'll get that with many foreign private schools. Other than that, its a wonderful time...Highly recommended :)
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ACADEMIC    
by Ambrose, Texas A&M- Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX, United States
Management Science, Independent
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
KEY:
Fantastic.
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Disappointing.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
Classes are pretty easy if you are used to challenging course. I took business courses that I thought were ridiculously easy. One part that was difficult though were the Italian teachers, who I thought were horrible at teaching. Try to get a good idea of the teacher you are going to take before picking a class. You may get someone that cant speak well or teach worth a damn!



My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
KEY:
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
Personal comments:
Study, but make sure you interact with the amazing student body. Go out and meet people. I've met people here that will be my friends for a lifetime!!

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by Alison, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, United States
Political Science, Independent
Language difficulties
Social
KEY:
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction.
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my knowledge
How much did you improve your local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Personal comments:
Classes were taught in English and was the predominantly spoken language when hanging out with other Franklin students. Italian is the most common language spoken in Lugano, but most locals speak at least some English or French (they prefer French, sometimes pretend to not understand English, and probably won't answer you if you try to speak German to them). During travel to some more remote areas of Switzerland where German was more common and less people spoke English it was more of a struggle - however nothing that couldn't be handled.
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EXPENSES    
by Ambrose, Texas A&M- Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX, United States
Management Science, Independent
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
KEY:
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Government assistance
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
Switzerland is a VERY expensive country. Make sure you have a large savings prort to going here. You can spend about $30 just for a basic meal at a restaurant. Also, the school offers a "meal plan" for about $900. This is basically a ripoff when you can go across the street from the school and buy a GREAT sandwich for only $4. The best way to go is get a meal card and put money in it, that way you can eat at the school on those rainy days. Nightlife is also expensive. Be prepared to pay $8 for a shot or $7 for a mix drink.
Travel, Nightlife, Overall, Housing, Telephone, Food: was more expensive than at home.
Personal comments:
No such thing here as used textbooks. Just make sure you have $$$$$ before you go. I cant express how expensive this place is, and there were so many study abroader that were in for a shock, such as me!!!!
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OVERALL    
by Ambrose, Texas A&M- Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX, United States
Management Science, Independent
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
KEY:
Very Important.
Important.
Not really important.
Unimportant.
Culture
Costs
Activities
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
Travel, Travel, Travel!!!!! There are so many great sights! Go all over Europe! Also Milan is only 30 minutes aways from you, try to visit that place a lot, along with other Italian cities. Read up on Lugano and the surrouding areas, that way you have an idea about where to travel. Meet lots of people!! Franklin is only about 40% American it seeemed, so you have a great student body to learn from. There are so many languages and cultures in the school that you can learn from!!!
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.



During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
KEY:
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Traveled
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Its a decent school. Teachers are mediocre, and some have horrible teaching skills. The best parts of this univeristy though is the 2 week academic travel and the student body.



FINAL COMMENTS

Have a great semester. This school is a great place to meet lots of future potential business contacts. Many students are very wealthy (dont be surprised to see Ferraris and Porches in student parking!!!), so its great to meet people that one day may be politicans or big business owners in their respective countries. Try making friends with international students, and then visiting their country with them!! Many are great hosts, not to mention accomidations they have at their home which are usually ridiculously elegant!! Make the most of your 2 week academic travel!! Also, make sure you go outside Lugano, and visit other cities and countries, but be sure to get a good idea of Lugano. Its a nice city, and has some great sights.
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