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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore Field of Study: Art, Art: Art History, Art: Communications, Business, Literature
SMU Abroad Application Cycle: August 15-October 1 for Spring, November 15-March 1 for Fall Deposit Deadline: April 1 for Fall, November 1 for Spring
Program Description:

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Franklin University Switzerland

Lugano, Switzerland


Program Information: SMU-in-Switzerland is an up to two semester study abroad program in collaboration with Franklin University Switzerland, a private institution founded in 1969 and located on a hillside above Lugano, Switzerland, the principal city of Switzerland's southernmost Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. An American liberal arts institution in an international environment, Franklin is accredited in the United States by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and in Switzerland by the Swiss University Conference. Franklin places emphasis on cross-cultural perspectives, designed to affect the direction and meaning of a student's academic experience, life and career.

The SMU-in-Switzerland program also includes the Academic Travel Program, a credit-bearing, two-week international study course led by Franklin faculty members and related to the academic expertise of the individual professor and knowledge of a given country or area.  For list of programs

Lugano, in Southern Switzerland, is part of the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino.  Meandering Lake of Lugano and uncountable hills and mountains surround Lugano and the area around it. The city boasts a climate similar to the Mediterranean.  Lugano is also known as a financial center and a holiday destination for many.  Along the lake are Venetian-type villages, a reflection of its neighbor, Italy.

Lugano has two directions, up and down.  The train station sits high above the city with the lake promenade below.  Between them are winding cobblestone streets, large piazzas and great shopping areas.  It is a pedestrian town with a cog-wheel tram that connects its residents between the station and the lower city.

Courses: Franklin Univerisity Swtizerland curriculum enables SMU students to take courses in a wide range of disciplines that inform educated human beings.  Many courses are interdisciplinary in nature with close faculty-student contact.

If a student wishes to take a course not on this list, he or she must petition for approval. Course information can be found on the SMU Abroad Course Database. 

All courses taught on SMU Abroad programs are subject to change.  SMU and Franklin College reserve the right to cancel, change or add a course depending on enrollment and other factors.  Not all courses are offered each semester. Students should check the Franklin College website for the most current course offerings.  See the SMU Course Catalogue for credit hours and prerequisites. Franklin University Switzerland Course Offerings


Textbooks: Textbooks can be purchased upon arrival at Franklin University Switzerland.

Accommodations: SMU students are required to live in Franklin student residences, furnished rooms or apartments that are complete with bathrooms and kitchenettes.  Students have the option for a double room in a residence hall or single room in a shared apartment with up to six students. There are eight residences options on or near campus. Each residence is supported by a trained Resident Assistant. All students living in Franklin residences are covered by an insurance policy for their personal possessions. For more information:

Meal plans are provided by the College's Food Service company, a family-run establishment catering especially to the needs of Franklin students, yet maintaining a distinctly Ticinese character.  Franklin requires all study abroad students to be on a Grotto meal plan. The meal plan offers 10 weekly meals for 14 weeks.

Note: It is important that SMU students who want university housing on the SMU campus in Dallas after their semester abroad contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life prior to departure.


Costs: For the semester, students are paying an amount within about $5000 more or less of what students would pay to stay on campus.  Students are charges SMU tuition and fees. Rather than paying for housing and living expenses here in Dallas, students would be paying them in their host country. Students will incur additional charges for other items such as airfare.

If you would like a breakdown of a what it costs to participate in a particular program, please contact Cori Hill, SMU Abroad Program Specialist, who can assist you with a semester budget sheet.

Applications and Acceptance: Students may submit an application to the SMU Abroad Office during application cycles: January 15-March 1 for fall semester and August 15-October 1 for spring semester. Admission is competitive. Selection of applicants is based upon meeting the program prerequisites, application materials, recommendations, personal statement and an interview.


It is possible this program may be full before the deadline; therefore, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications may be submitted after the deadline only if places are available in the program.

Program Admission and Pre-departure Orientation: Admission: Admission is competitive.  Admitted on a rolling admissions basis, program directors and faculty select participants based on application materials, admission requirements and student interviews. Orientation Sessions: To prepare students for a smooth, safe and enriching experience, admitted SMU students are required to attend the scheduled program orientation meetings prior to departure.  Session dates are organized by the program director.

All students receive a pre-departure guide and program-specific materials. Topics discussed are culture and course questions, as well as a review of required forms, travel plans and documents, currency and money issues, packing, insurance and safety.  Students from other universities receive orientation summaries, including the guide and materials, by email.


Payment Information: There is a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 due by the deposit deadline of April 1 for fall semester and Nov. 1 for spring semester. This deposit confirms acceptance, holds the student's place in the program and is applied towards the balance of the program fee. Students will make the deposit payment in SMUpay using the regular University payment procedures.

After students have paid the non-refundable program deposit, students will be registered for courses in My.SMU. Once students have been registered, students can make final payment in My.SMU using the regular University payment procedures.


Financial Aid: Students who receive financial aid or scholarships may be able to apply their aid package to SMU Abroad programs.  All aid should be confirmed with the Office of Financial Aid.


SMU Abroad Cancellation and Refund Policy: A student who cancels enrollment or withdraws from an SMU Abroad program must notify the SMU Abroad office in writing. The effective date of cancellation is the date that SMU Abroad receives the written notification.  It is not sufficient only to withdraw an application on-line.

A student who cancels enrollment or withdraws from a program forfeits the program deposit. The student may also be charged for any non-recoverable expenses incurred by SMU or provider on his or her behalf. These fees cover expenses incurred on behalf of the student up to the effective date of the cancellation.



Undergraduate SMU Abroad Programs are managed by:

International Center/SMU Abroad

Blanton Building, Suite 216

6185 Airline Drive

Dallas, TX 75205



Southern Methodist University does not discriminate in any education practice, education program or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or veteran status. SMU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

SMU  Abroad reserves the right to change, at any time and without prior notice, any provision or requirement, including but not limited to, requirements, itineraries, courses, cancellation and refund policies.  Fees are subject to change due to inflation and/or fluctuating exchange rates.

SMU Abroad reserves the right to recall participants from international programs and to close programs whenever it determines that the health or safety of its participants may be of risk.

SMU Abroad is not responsible for any loss or damage that may occur when participants travel outside of scheduled program activities. In addition, independent participant travel before the start or after the conclusion of SMU  Abroad programs is entirely at the individual's own expense and risk.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.