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France: Semester in Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Program Cost Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Best Fit Majors: Business Administration, Economics, Finance, International Studies, Management, Political Science
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Faculty-Led
Credits Earned: Variable Faculty Leader: Joe Hagan
Program Description:


France: WVU Semester in Strasbourg
strasbourgThis program offers a well-supported full semester European study abroad experience for WVU students (of any major) with interests in European affairs, cross-cultural studies, and/or international business/management.  The program has four distinctive features.

First, it offers two accessible WVU International Studies courses: "The European Union and Contemporary European Affairs" and "European Identity and French-German Cooperation along the Rhine".  Both are taught by professors from the University of Strasbourg and are supplemented by related site visits. 

Second, WVU students are enrolled as full time students in the University of Strasbourg and able to take courses (taught in English) in (a) various aspects of European affairs, (b) international business and management, and/or (c) French as a second language. 

Third, the program includes a large number of organized visits to historical, cultural, economic, and European sites in the Strasbourg region (i.e., Alsace), northeastern France, and the German Rhineland.  There is also an extended trip to EU sites in Brussels, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Fourth, housing and living arrangements will be provided by WVU's partner institution: Customized Educational Programs Abroad (CEPA).  Students live in CEPA's "chateau" just outside of Strasbourg, and CEPA arranges all site visits and have a dedicated CEPA staff person to provide support and guidance for students. 


City: Strasbourg

Country: France

Population: 271,782

Information: Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region in north eastern France. It is the official seat of the European Parliament. The Germanic name come from the city and the rahion of Alsace histioically speaking Alemannic. 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. Strasbourg's historic city centre, the Grande Île (Grand Island), was classified a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, the first time such an honour was placed on an entire city centre. Strasbourg is immersed in the Franco-German culture and although violently disputed throughout history, has been a bridge of unity between France and Germany for centuries, especially through the University of Strasbourg, currently the second largest in France, and the coexistence of Catholic and Protestant culture. The largest Islamic place of worship in France, the Strasbourg Grand Mosque, was inaugurated by French Interior Minister Manuel Valls on 27 September 2012

Places of Interest:
Strasbourg Cathedral
Grande Ile
Palais Rohan


Students on the Program take two, three-credit WVU course and normally four, two-credit courses taught at the University of Strasbourg.    Information on both sets of courses appears below:

INTS 360 : The European Union and Contemporary European Affairs (three credits)
INTS361: European Identity and French-German Cooperation along the Rhine

Four or Five Courses at the University of Strasbourg. 

French Language courses (for non-native speakers), i.e., courses taught at the equivalent of 100, 200, and 300 levels WVU classes.  At each level, these include class in grammar, French culture and civilization, and business French.   Students taking these course must receive the approval of the WVU French faculty if they are to transfer back to WVU as specific courses.




Total Cost:  $11,500.00
* WVU Tuition
* 12 Credit Hours
* Lodging
* Weekend Excursions and Programmatic Activities
* Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

Billing for the program will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Study Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU  Semester Tuition and Fees. Students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Mountaineer HUB.


Visa Required for US Citizens? Yes

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