Franklin is an American school and the language of instruction and campus communication is English. 60% of Franklin’s students are from North America. Franklin students are required to take an academic travel course. These courses incorporate a 10-14 day travel period to a place associated with the course. For instance, the Politics and Society in the Baltic Area course visit Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Finland. Though tuition includes academic travel costs, this school definitely has American prices and fees. Students are required to live on campus (9893 euros), participate in meal plans (3186 euros), pay annual fees (1274 euros), and participate in freshman orientation (448 euros). That being said, students can apply for FAFSA and other forms of financial aid. 62% of Franklin students receive an average of $9797 per semester in some sort of aid. Further, 75% of Franklin graduates obtain full time employment within six months of graduation, which allows them to start paying off their college debt like their cohorts who went to school in the states are doing.
Freshmen take a mandatory three-credit course that helps with the transition to college and also offers cultural orientation, activities, seminars, and outings. Freshman orientation includes a favorite tradition at Franklin-diving into the water from glaciers during the Valle Vezasca trip. Other traditions throughout the year include a faculty-student soccer game, international food night, a Superbowl party, a ski trip, and an end-of-the-year luau. There are many clubs and groups at Franklin, including student government, drama society, political discourse society, environmental club, LGBT group, international relations group, student newspaper, music club, Arab club, and Asian Club. There is an athletic center on campus with a volleyball court, basketball court, soccer field, and many sports programs. Furthermore, there are clubs related to different sports and physical activities, including a climbing club, dance, and even skeeball!
Students are required to live on campus, unless living with their parents. Students who are over 20 or have completed two years of school with a GPA of 3.0 can apply to live off-campus. The school has eight dorms with doubles and singles, most with a private bath. All of the dorms have internet, resident advisors, a shared lounge and shared kitchen. Housing is approximately 9893 euros per academic year.