February Festivities: Carnevale

February is an exciting time to be on Franklin's beautiful campus, not too far from the historic city of Bellinzona, the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland, famous for its three castles (Castelgrande, Montebello, Sasso Corbaro) that have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2000. Yes, it is always nice to be within a 20 minute train ride of a beautiful medieval city full of castles, and February is a particularly exciting time because of the city's carnival festivities. Every year, the capital of Ticino practically shuts down and welcomes its "doors" to 150,000 guests from other parts of Switzerland and Italy. 

Most people have heard of the carnival festivals in Venice and Rio de Janeiro, and Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The celebration in Bellinzona is similar to these events; however, it simply has not acquired the same international fame. This particular six-day-long festival is known to the locals as "Rabadan," meaning "noise" in the P…

December at FUS

December is upon us, and the festivities are well underway! The trees are lit, markets are open, and snowfall has begun. While students are finishing up essays and exams, they are also trying to fit in the last few days of winter exploration.
Side note: If you plan on journeying to an Italian-speaking destination during the holidays, you should know the word for Christmas – “Natale” – as it will pop up everywhere.

It all began on December 1st with a series of tree lightings in Lugano. First, Franklin students decorated the FUS Christmas tree on campus with lights, decorations, and – of course – tinsel. There were cookies, candy canes, hot chocolate, and smiles so big that they could only be caused by holiday cheer. After the tree was sufficiently shiny, students wandered downtown to watch the city’s biggest Christmas tree light up in the main square (the Piazza della Riforma). After the long-awaited countdown, the packed crowd dispersed to explore the Christmas markets and warm up with…

Fall 2017 Academic Travel Experiences

And we are back!
Students have returned to campus from exciting international experiences, and are gearing up for final exams and winter break. I have interviewed some students about their memories from Academic Travel, and here is what they have to say:

Name: Ethan Chong

Year: Junior
Major: International Management with an emphasis in Marketing
Hometown: Denver, Colorado Academic Travel Location: Barcelona, Spain

What was the focus of the course?
“The focus of the course this year was specific to the current political situation between Catalonia and the greater Spain. We concentrated on what was going on, why it was happening, and if people actually wanted independence.”
What was your favorite learning moment?
“When we spoke with the dean of one of the universities there. He told us all about his own perspective, because he is from Barcelona. He explained to us that a lot of people feel like they are being treated unfairly by the Spanish government, and that few people really want indepen…

Welcome Back to Adventures at Franklin

Ciao a tutti, and welcome back to Adventures at Franklin!

We’re two months into the Fall semester here at Franklin University Switzerland, so I’ll do a brief recap of what you have missed so far:
We’ve welcomed 192 fresh new faces to campus!Tutte Le Strade events are wrapping up. Students have had the chance to attend student-led trips to traipse around castles, sample local cuisine (gelato, obviously), and hike some nearby mountains.FUS has hosted a variety of wonderful events and lectures, including the 3rd Edition of High-Level Symposium on Cybersecurity, and a screening at the Lugano Human Rights Film Festival.
Franklin professors, Dr. Alison Vogelaar and Dr. Fintan Hoey, speaking on a panel at the Lugano Human Rights Film Festival. SGA has been putting on fun events for students, such as a nighttime boat cruise around Lake Lugano. Students enjoy Lugano by night as the SGA sponsored boat cruise passes by Melide, a municipality alongside the lake. The winter has come and gone already. By…