Discovery Strasbourg: Fall 2024

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Discovery Strasbourg at the Ill River, Fall 2019

Strasbourg is one of France’s most dynamic cities, and certainly its most European city. Situated right on the border with Germany, and a short train ride from Switzerland, Strasbourg is the ideal place to experience the combined delights of France and its neighboring countries.

We have prepared a special first-year program that includes enriching coursework, stimulating cultural activities, engaging teachers, strong student support, and exciting field trips. 

As part of a small group of highly motivated first-year students, you’ll be starting off your college career with an exceptional experience and a solid academic base. 

You’re on the cusp of a memorable semester.  So get ready to discover Strasbourg, and get ready to discover all that you are capable of achieving!

Strasbourg center building

Former Discovery program students Mariya Dempsey ’27, a creative writing major, Sarah Reeve ’27, a forensic science and psychology major, and Julia Yahres ’24, a communication sciences and disorders major, discuss their experiences with the Discovery program.

Read more: Studying in Strasbourg

Program Details

Program Dates

  • Pre-arrival online orientation: starts August 14
  • Arrive in Strasbourg: August 22
  • Required orientation in Strasbourg: August 23–30
  • including CAS 200 study tour: August 27 – August 30
  • Semester Classes begin: September 2
  • Semester Break: October 26 – November 3
  • Final exams start: December 9
  • Program ends: December 14

The Syracuse Strasbourg Center

The Syracuse Strasbourg Center is located in a recently renovated villa, just a short walk from the European Institutions and downtown.  With its classrooms, computer cluster and staff offices, the Center will be your base in Strasbourg. The high staff-to-student ratio means that you’ll always have someone to turn to if you need any kind of assistance, whether it’s for renting a bike or figuring out the local cell phone companies. We’re here to help you get the most out of your time in France!


Living with a host family is a key part of our program! Not only will you be able to practice your French on a daily basis, but you’ll gain deeper insight into French culture. You will have your own room in your host’s house or apartment, and will be provided with breakfast every morning, and dinner five nights per week. With your transportation pass (provided by Syracuse Abroad) you’ll find that it’s easy to get to the Syracuse Center. Learn more about living with a host family.

Program Highlights

  • The Discovery Strasbourg curriculum will keep you on track with all your first-year requirements. 
  • You will participate in local outings and activities designed exclusively for Discovery students. 
  • All-School Travel : Discovery students enjoy trips that combine cultural activities with free time for personal exploration.  Excursions in recent semesters have included Alsace and the neighboring Black Forest; longer trips to the Burgundy region and to Paris. And remember, these all-school trips and excursions are covered by your program fee, and include transportation, lodging, visits and some meals.

Engage with Strasbourg:

  • Use your program-provided Student Culture Card to take advantage of Strasbourg’s rich cultural offerings.
  • Meet French and foreign students at Language Exchange Meetings.
  • Go deeper into the community by signing up for a Community field internship at a school, a non-profit organization, or even a pastry shop.
  • Attend a session of the European Union Parliament and watch Europe’s leaders debate key current issues.
  • Visit the European Court of Human Rights, just down the road from the Syracuse Center, to sit in on a court case.

Program Requirements

  • Independent Travel:  For European countries, some form of Covid vaccination and/or testing documentation may be required. For more information, view Covid-19 Plans & FAQ.
  • Passports & Visas: All students are required to obtain a French student visa for their semester abroad. You will receive detailed instructions and close assistance from Syracuse Abroad. You’ll also need a passport! Learn more about passports and visas.
  • Fees: View program cost details on our Discovery Strasbourg budget sheet