Welcome to Syracuse Strasbourg!
Strasbourg is the ideal place to spend your semester or year abroad. Over 50,000 students from around the world come to the city each fall, drawn by its prestigious universities, its dynamic cultural life, and its welcoming atmosphere. Strasbourg also hosts several of Europe’s most important political institutions, including the EU Parliament, the Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights. Located just over the Rhine River from Germany, and not far from Switzerland, Strasbourg is without a doubt France’s most European city…and also one of its most beautiful!
The pre-semester Signature Seminar includes travel to several European countries, thereby providing an exciting and academically stimulating introduction to the continent. In Strasbourg, you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of classes, both at our center and at our local partner institutions. Studying with international faculty members, many of whom are professionals in politics, diplomacy, and law, is guaranteed to give you new perspectives on many issues, from human rights to climate change. And internships at the Council of Europe or in the Strasbourg community are the perfect opportunity to gain hands-on experience in local and international affairs.
The Strasbourg Center is located in a private villa on the banks of the River Ill, just minutes from the city center and the European Parliament.
NOTE: The Syracuse Strasbourg programs have a “rolling admissions” policy, which means applications are reviewed as they are completed, prior to the deadline. To ensure full consideration, students are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible due to limited space. Students will be placed on a waitlist once the program has reached maximum enrollment. Date of application does not guarantee acceptance.
Academic Program Options
You can choose from several academic options during your semester in Strasbourg. Please read carefully the following descriptions, but remember, if you have any questions about which option is best for you, please contact Joelle, your Strasbourg International Program Advisor.
This option is for students who wish to take all of their courses at the Syracuse Strasbourg Center. These courses, which are specially designed and taught for our students, cover many disciplines, from Political Science to Communications, from History to French literature. Language instruction is offered at every level, from beginning to advanced, but no previous study of French is required. Deadline: October 1/March 15; GPA – 2.5
If you have advanced French language skills, you may choose to take one or more classes alongside French students at the at the top-ranked Sciences-Po Strasbourg. This interdisciplinary institute located in the city center offers classes in Political Science and International Relations as well as Economics, History, Communications, and French. A Center staff member works closely with you in the course selection process, and then provides you with academic support throughout the semester. Note: You can combine studying at the Sciences Po with courses at the Syracuse Strasbourg Center. Deadline: October 1/March 15; GPA – 3.0
If you have advanced French language skills, you may choose to take one or more classes alongside French students at the Université de Strasbourg, in select departments throughout the university. A Center staff member works closely with you in the course selection process, and then provides you with academic support throughout the semester. Note: You can combine studying at the French university with courses at the Syracuse Strasbourg Center. Deadline: October 1/March 15; GPA – 3.0
(Fall only) This is a specially designed option for Engineering students who are starting their first semester of their second year of study. You’ll take courses both at the Strasbourg Center and alongside French students at INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées), our partner institution in Strasbourg. This program is designed for students studying aerospace, bio, civil, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering to enroll in major-specific courses. No previous study of French is required. Deadline: March 1; GPA – 3.0
(Spring only) Advanced music students study jointly at the Syracuse Center and the Strasbourg Conservatory. You must have completed a minimum of three semesters of study in a college-level music degree program. At the Conservatory, you will take lessons on your principal instrument and may participate in an orchestra or ensemble. A special trip to Germany with a music faculty member will introduce you to some of the great cities associated with our musical tradition. No previous study of French is required. Deadline: October 1; GPA – 2.5
This option is designed for students who have reached an intermediate level in French and who wish to perfect their language skills. You will take a minimum of 6 credits at the Institut International d’Etudes Françaises (IIEF), where you will study alongside students from around the world. Students will take required French language classes and can choose elective courses on a variety of subjects; all courses are taught in French. Note: You can combine coursework at the IIEF with courses taught at the Syracuse Strasbourg Center. Deadline: October 1/March 15; GPA – 3.0
Learn more about the Strasbourg experience from alumna Cynthia Wang!
Talk to recent Syracuse Strasbourg students!
The best way to understand what to expect in Strasbourg is to talk to someone who has already participated in the program. Our Strasbourg global ambassadors formed close bonds with their host families, traveled all over Europe, and took classes from experts in their fields – ask them about Strasbourg!
Studying abroad was probably the best decision I have made in my college career so far. I don’t think that I would be as successful either personally, academically, or professionally as I am today had I not taken advantage of the Syracuse Abroad Strasbourg program.
– Eva Kamman ’21
Read more about Eva’s journey: Adventures in Strasbourg.
Syracuse Strasbourg Viewbook
An overview of the Syracuse Strasbourg program is available in our viewbook. Request a copy of your own by filling out this form to have one mailed to you!