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Franklin College

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Ambrose G
Texas A&M- Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX, United States
Management Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Overall
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!!!
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
2
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
3
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.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
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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Katherine D
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also Creative Writing, Undergraduate, Study abroad program
Overall
I wish I had known...
knowing what to expect from the courses, knowing there was no phones in the apartments, knowing the limitations on computer facilities and library resources, knowing how few people were really active (its in the Alps!) and how few would travel on weekends
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
I would re4commend it for many people, it has an academic travel program which is awesome and unique, but they need some serious improvements to accomodate students- there is more than a 30% turnover rate amongst students who go intending to stay for a degree, something they wont tell you
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
2
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
2
Experienced a change in life
3
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
pack lightly, save money because its common to run out, and donīt spend all your time partying, get out and see other places while you have the chance...get into the language and culture, be active and youll get more from it all
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laward
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Psychology and Behavioural Sciences, Undergraduate, Study abroad program
Overall
I wish I had known...
I felt totally prepared when I went abroad, I brought way too many clothes, so that is one thing that I would do dfferently.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
1
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
I would recommend this program mostly because of its great location. Everyone that studied abroad there was awesome. However you could probably find a more academic program with more well rounded undergraduate students at another institution.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
2
Final comments
TRAVEL,TRAVEL, TRAVEL. Its so easy to do and you never know when you'll have that same experience again. If I could do it all over again, I definitely would! Studying abroad, no matter where you go, is a great opportunity which everyone who can should take advantage of. It definitely was a time of growing and learning, a life changing experience. It really doesn't matter where you go, just go abroad, somewhere.
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Academics go beyond the classroom experience
Petra O
Switzerland, Undergraduate
Overall
Franklin distinguishes itself by living and breathing the international community atmosphere across all aspects of campus. It's a truly personalized experience where students can combine academic areas and work closely with the faculty members to delve deeper into the subject. I studied International Relations and to constantly be surrounded by students from across the world sharing their prospective and knowledge only elevates the classroom experience. Academic Travel brings the learning outside the classroom with an experiential learning component.
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Pros
Small Community, International Student Body, Liberal Arts, Swiss/US accreditation
Cons
limited academic offerings, limited career resources
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Alison C
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Overall
I wish I had known...
More language experience would have been fun but not necessary. If you definately know where you want to travel it's in your best interest to buy a swisspass or eurail pass. However, it's hard to guess what kind of people you'll meet or where you'll want to travel, so don't worry. Having a pass will save you some money and hassle but it's not difficult to figure it out as you go. Take advantage of the cheap airfare within europe and check out possible destinations before hand. We flew roundtrip to Paris from Milan for 40 euro roundtrip. Check out volareweb.org and ryanair.com
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
2
Culture
2
Costs
2
Activities
4
Campus life
2
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
Take advantage of the amazing location and travel travel travel.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
I particpated based soley on the location and travel opportunity. In 5 weeks I managed to travel around Switzerland (Interlaken and Zermatt need to be checked out), made it to Paris, as well as Venice and Cinque Terre in Italy. Go with an idea of what you want out of your time spent in Switzerland and you won't be disappointed. Everything is at your fingertips if you take advantage of it.
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Alison C
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, United States
Political Science, Undergraduate, Independent
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
none
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits
Being a tourist hot-spot, EVERYTHING in Lugano is outragously expensive. Having limited funds, I opted to shop around and buy food at grocery stores rather than eat out. If you're smart about it, you can manage on a decent budget. Housing was included so it's hard to say how it compares, but I'd imagine it'd be expensive if not arranged through Franklin. Although admittance to clubs is free for Franklin students, drinks are crazy expensive. It's much more economical to pre-load with a cheap bottle of wine. My basic philosophy was to cut costs on food and partying and really take advantage of the travel opportunities. While academic travel is offered during the year, summer session students had no problem what-so-ever arranging once in a lifetime budget friendly adventures.
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Nightlife, Food, Overall:
was more expensive than at home.
Telephone, Travel, Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Set a budget and stick to it. Pricey at times, but in general the travel and activities I shelled out the most cash for were well worth it.
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