University of Strasbourg
The University of Strasbourg (some times called Unistra) in Strasbourg, Alsace, France, is the second largest university in France, with about 43,000 students and over 4,000 researchers.
Strasbourg is the capital and principal city of the Alsace region in eastern France and is the official seat of the European Parliament. Located close to the border with Germany, it is the capital of the Bas-Rhin département. The city and the region of Alsace are historically German-speaking, explaining the city's Germanic name. With 800,000 residents, Strasbourg's metropolitan area (only the part of the metropolitan area on French territory) is the ninth largest in France.
Strasbourg is the seat of several European institutions, such as the Council of Europe (with its European Court of Human Rights, its European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and its European Audiovisual Observatory) and the Eurocorps, as well as the European Parliament and the European Ombudsman of the European Union. The city is also the seat of the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine and the International Institute of Human Rights.
Language of instruction: Most classes are taught in French and French language proficiency is required for students studying outside of EM Strasbourg Business School or the CES program offered by the Institute of Political Studies. A B1 level in French is necessary to study at the Institute of Political Studies (IEP), excluding the CES program.
A French language pre-semester course is offered at the beginning of each semester at no additional cost. French language classes are also on offer during the semester.
For more information, see the Academics Program Guide
EM Strasbourg Business School:
For EM Strasbourg Business School, French language is not required as courses are taught in English. EM Strasbourg require students to have completed a minimum of 36 units at time of application to Adelaide and 48 units at time of commencement at Strasbourg.
Institute of Political Studies:
No French language is required for students studying courses from the Certificate of European Studies (CES) under the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) agreement. The CES is a one-semester program taught entirely in English and aimed at students who wish to learn more about France and Europe. It combines lectures in law, economics, history, politics and civilization, with French language classes as well as tutorials, visits and field trips to important European institutions.
In addition, for students with a minimum level of B1 in French, it is possible to attend French Language classes while taking modules in French and/or English in subjects including Law, Politics, International Relations, European Studies, Sociology, History and Economics. Visit this page for more information about Modules
Course Workload: Strasbourg operates within the European Union's 'European Credit Transfer System' (ECTS) A full-time normal workload at this institution is 30 ECTS per semester.
Restrictions: All disciplines are open to both undergraduate and graduate students except for the following:
French as Foreign Language (FLE)
French for Foreigners (IIEF)
Translation & Interpretation
There may be the opportunity for students to access student mobility options at EUCOR European Campus through their exchange to the University of Strasbourg.
Students may study classes from multiple disciplines/faculties (including IEP and EM Strasbourg) as long as they choose one main faculty in which they will be registered and will be taking at least 50% of their classes.
For more information, see the University of Strasbourg Exchange Student Guide
Exchange students can apply for social housing through the International Relations Department at Strasbourg. Rooms, studios and one bedroom apartments are on offer. The rooms available are managed by CROUS university residences.
For more accommodation information, see the University of Strasbourg Accommodation Guide
Strasbourg hosts over 150 student organisations, catering to a variety of interests. There are 50 different sporting activities on offer to international students. All sporting associations are organised by SUAPS
Students will be given the option to sign up for sport registration in their application. It costs 25 euros for one year and allows the student to practice up to 5 different sport activities.
For more campus information, see the University of Strasbourg Campus Guide
Please note: If you wish to study at Strasbourg (excluding the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) for two semesters, you must commence at the start of Strasbourg's academic year (our Semester 2). A full calendar year is only possible with the Institute of Political Studies.
Important Dates: see the University of Strasbourg Academic Calendar
Health Insurance: see the University of Strasbourg Health Insurance Guide
Cost of Living:
Housing : from 170€ (residential Halls) to 450€ (private residence) per month.
Meals at student restaurant: 3,25€ for a full meal.
Local transports: about 24€ per month, student discounts possible
Health insurance: 211€ per year for the academic year 2013-2014
For more cost of living information, see the University of Strasbourg Finances Guide
Visa Information: The Global Learning office is not legally permitted to provide advice relating to visas. For further information, contact the relevant embassy or consulate. Please do not ask the Global Learning office to assist with your visa application. We recommend that you go to the Smart Traveller website for links to your appropriate Consulate or Embassy.
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'My overseas experience was very important to me. I made great friends by pushing myself to go to student led events and language nights, and I also met a few local people. This all helped me to find a group of people who I could travel with and spend time with and work things out with. I enjoyed studying even though it was very demanding, and I spent heaps of late nights at the library during exam time! I also traveled a lot - on weekends, during my uni breaks and for three months after my semester ended. I am so grateful to have seen so many beautiful places and experienced so many unique cultures. One of the nicest moments was when I got back to my room in Strasbourg after my first big trip away and I felt like I was home again. This was when I began to really appreciate my host city and country'
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