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Franklin College

23 reviews
4.21 / 5 based on 23 reviews
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Michelle L
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Language, Undergraduate, Summer Program
Languages
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 the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I went to Lugano because it is in the Italian part of Switzerland but since the school life is primarily english speakers I didn't practice as much as I could have. You can definitely practice Italian or French when you're there but don't count on doing it @ FC unless you take a language course.
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Michelle L
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Language, Undergraduate, Summer Program
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
none
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
So much more!! It is insanely costly
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Telephone, Travel, Nightlife, Food, Housing, Overall:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
The computer lab was often the place to do work, plus in the summer its air conditioned which was really nice considering it get really hot there.
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Michelle L
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Language, Undergraduate, Summer Program
Academic
Course recommendations
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
none
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Michelle L
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Language, Undergraduate, Summer Program
Overall
I wish I had known...
Marijuana is legal in Switzerland... :)
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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
3
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
If you are outgoing, internationally open-minded, and have some money to spend then this is a good place for you. I'm sure you could go to FC on a budget but your social life would suffer.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
3
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
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.
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Michelle L
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Language, Undergraduate, Summer Program
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Nightlife, Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
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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Michelle L
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Language, Undergraduate, Summer Program
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
The apartment I was given was the Florida residence which are little studio apartments. Compared to my tiny little shared dorm at UBC they were AMAZING. I had a view of the lake and the mountains...gorgeous.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I think from what I heard the housing options are mostly good...try to get a single apartment, they're usually better. I would probably choose Florida again.
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