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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.

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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 GuideLink to external website

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)Link to external website 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 ModulesLink to external website

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
International Relations
Plastic Arts

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 GuideLink to external website

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 GuideLink to external website

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 SUAPSLink to external website

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 GuideLink to external website

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 CalendarLink to external website

Health Insurance: see the University of Strasbourg Health Insurance GuideLink to external website

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 GuideLink to external website

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 websiteLink to external website  for links to your appropriate Consulate or Embassy.

Learn from the experts why this Global Learning Experience could be for you.

What do our students say?

Disclaimer: This information is based on recently polled students who attended this particular university on exchange in 2016. Please note that this information is based on individual student opinions and does not constitute Global Learning advice. Each student will have a unique exchange experience.

The Host

  • 100% of our students would recommend the University of Strasbourg to other students
  • On average, Strasbourg's service and support is rated stars (3.6/5)
Social Life
  • 100% of our students rate the social life at Strasbourg as 'some' or 'quite a lot'
Academic Life
  • 100% of our students agreed that the quality of Strasbourg's courses compared satisfactorily to Adelaide's courses
  • Student Tip: Assessment is primarily exam focused
  • Our students stayed in off campus accommodation
  • Student Tip: Make sure you research accommodation in advance
  • Student Tip: Students recommend Paul Appell accommodation
  • Student Tip: Exchangers should bring their own gear for cooking and living
  • Student Tip: Budget well for your exchange


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