The university is a private liberal arts college in Lugano, Switzerland. Founded in 1969, Franklin offers Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees accredited by relevant authorities both in Switzerland and in the United States. Prospective American students can apply to Franklin University Switzerland through the Common Application the university was born out of the former Fleming College and founded as a non-profit, independent, post-secondary institution under the name of Franklin College Switzerland.
The university obtained United States accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1975, confirmed most recently in 2010. Having obtained Swiss program-level accreditation in 2005, Franklin was granted full university institution accreditation by the Swiss University Conference in 2013, making it the only university in the world to be accredited in the United States and Switzerland. Swiss accreditation as a university institution gave Franklin the right to call itself a university in Switzerland, and in April 2014, the institution officially changed its name and celebrated its inauguration as Franklin University Switzerland.
The average class size at Franklin is16, with no class exceeding 30 students. Since 2000-2001, with an exception of a bye year in 2001-2002, Franklin's men's soccer team has competed in the National Swiss Division (5th League). The team competes with other clubs in the league from the Canton of Ticino. Franklin University Switzerland is currently the reserve team for the local club FC Paradiso, making it Franklin FC Paradiso II.
A Franklin summer field work where students are immersed in the practical and theoretical aspects of field archaeology at the Etruscan excavation site at Poggio Colla in the province of Florence, Italy. Under the supervision of a staff of professional archaeologists, students participated in the excavation, documentation, and conservation of archaeological material. The program not only included readings and lectures about Etruscan civilization and the site itself, but also analysis, conservation, cataloging, photography, and other related tasks. The discovery of the slab, or stele, unearthed by Franklin students is “one example of what goes on generally at FUS,” President Warden noted. “This, after all, was the fundamental premise of our unique academic travel program, the recognition that undergraduate students can participate and contribute to a university’s research agenda inside and outside the classroom.”