You will find a warm welcome awaiting you in this charming French border city. I myself was a BCA Study Abroad student in Strasbourg during my undergraduate junior year. Therefore, I’d encourage you to prepare to be inspired, excited and challenged, all while having fun! I know that your semester in Strasbourg will deepen your understanding of the French language and culture, and, like all good journeys, this one will also lead to unprecedented insights about your home culture and yourself. Soyez le bienvenu à Strasbourg!
Why BCA Strasbourg
- Dr. Ronald Lyndaker, BCA Strasbourg Resident Director
- Challenge yourself to strengthen your French language skills by enrolling at a university in northeastern France with fewer study abroad students than you will find in larger cities. Strasbourg is a great place for language learning because you’re unlikely to hear English spoken in your daily interactions.
- Gain an increased understanding of the local culture, meaningful interactions with local people and field experience in a variety of disciplines such as education, social services, health care or the arts through the required Integrative Cultural Project.
- Live and study at the crossroads of Europe. Strasbourg is home to the European Parliament and is conveniently located near Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium. It offers unique opportunities for language learners and students of business, international relations and European studies.
The Université de Strasbourg is the second-largest university in France with more than 46,000 students and 4,000 researchers. You’ll study primarily in the Université de Strasbourg L’Institut International d’Etudes Françaises (IIEF) and Institut des Études Politiques (IEP). BCA has two separate academic tracks available for intermediate and advanced French students. Intermediate language students study at IIEF and take language and elective courses. Advanced language students can take regular university courses with French students. All BCA students will participate in the Integrative Cultural Project designed to create a structured hands-on learning experience that reflects each students academic, career or extracurricular interests.
While in France, you can choose to become a language buddy with a Université de Strasbourg student, so you can improve your French and help other students with their English. You can also connect with local students through the more than 75 clubs available at the university. Additionally, your host family will show you around the city, introduce you to local cuisine, take you to festivals and events, share family customs and celebrations, and help you perfect your French!
Cultural Excursions & Activities
Your BCA Strasbourg Resident Director will help you maximize your time by quickly connecting you to the local culture. You will find yourself visiting cafés and walking down streets that look much as they did 200 years ago. Together with your RD, you will delve into the history of Strasbourg that led to the classification of the city’s historic center, the Grand Île (Grand Island), as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As part of the BCA signature excursion you will travel to Paris to walk along the River Seine and learn about the art, food, architecture and culture of the City of Light.
Strasbourg has all the excitement of a bustling international city, but maintains the charm of a medieval town. Cafés are tucked into streets that look much as they did 200 years ago, and medieval neighborhoods are alongside sleek new commercial districts. The city’s historic center, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honor was placed on an entire city center.
Strasbourg is immersed in the Franco-German culture and although violently disputed throughout history, has been a cultural bridge between France and Germany for centuries, especially through the University of Strasbourg and the coexistence of Catholic and Protestant culture. The largest Islamic place of worship in France, the Strasbourg Grand Mosque, was inaugurated in 2012.
As a European city, home to the European Parliament and other offices and companies, together with its proximity to Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium, the city of Strasbourg and the BCA program offer unique experiences for language learners and students of business, international relations, and Europe. At the crossroads of Europe, you can literally walk to Germany from the Strasbourg city center, take the bus or tram over the River Rhine and experience the European dream of free movement of peoples—no border wall, no visas, no immigration or customs! You can see the famed Black Forest from Strasbourg and make a day trip there.
Program Quick Facts
Fall Semester: April 15
Spring Semester: October 15
Four semesters of college-level French or equivalent
Université de Strasbourg IIEF and IEP
Language of Instruction:
Fall Semester: Early September – Late December
Spring Semester: Mid January – Late May