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Scholarships Without Borders at Franklin University Switzerland

Scholarships Without Borders at Franklin University Switzerland

SWB Scholarships  Without Borders at Franklin University Switzerland was founded in 2015  by co-directors Professor Johanna Fassl and Professor Caroline Wiedmer.  It is designed to provide university-level education opportunities for  students with refugee status in Switzerland. SWB students receive a  scholarship to embark on studies leading to a Bachelor’s at FUS (BA or  BSc). 

SWB not only provides an educational home to students coming to us  from afar, it also includes a university-wide, co-curricular program.  Our SWB team is made up of student volunteers, interns, mentors and  Life-Long-Learning-Scholars (LLLS), all working closely together to  support SWB students and the program as a whole.

SWB is a member of the Swiss section of SAR, Scholars at Risk,  headquartered in New York. It also is connected to a Swiss and  international network of university programs, NGOs, governmental  organizations, private family foundations, and the industry.

At Franklin, programs like Scholarships without Borders are how we live our values.

In Spring 2022 SWB immediately reacted to the war  with a community gathering in solidarity with Ukraine. In January 2023,  SWB admitted a new student from Ukraine to join our other two students  from Turkey and Syria. We thank our SWB Advisory Board for their  unwavering support that made this possible.

In 2023 our SWB team is planning to grow the program  with campus-wide activities, and further outreach and fundraising  events. A main goal is to find internships for our students and to pave  the way for them to be admitted to our masters programs.

Donations and Contributions of all Kinds are essential to achieving our goals. All donations go directly to  support our SWB students’ needs: Academic Travel fees, the LLLS  position, books, meal cards, computers, events and sports equipment.  Every contribution counts. 

To get involved, please contact Professor  Wiedmer at and/or Professor Fassl at

Scholarships Without Borders at Franklin University Switzerland
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