The European Study Center offers comprehensive semester and summer programs including: university courses taught in English, French language courses, cultural activities, multiple excursions, and professional visits.

Courses are taught by professors from the University of Strasbourg. Students enroll in one of three academic tracks during their semester abroad: Business, EU Studies and Political Science, and French Culture and Language. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students. All majors are welcome to apply. Minimum 2.5 GPA required. All courses may be taken in English. Students with sufficient foreign language skills in French can take courses in French.

Academic Program

Welcome to the Château

Why live in the dorms when you can live in a castle? During the semester program, you can choose to live at the CEPA Study Center Château de Pourtalès, which is a 250-year-old castle nestled in a beautiful park near the EU institutions and Strasbourg city center. Homestay and student housing options are also available.

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Academic Program

Academic Program

Courses are taught in English or French for students with sufficient language skills. Many courses offered in the semester that will cover subjects such as political science, European Union studies, economics, business, public management, European history and culture, elementary/advanced courses in French language.

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Cultural Program

Cultural Program

Many wonderful opportunities to learn more about Europe and the European Union beyond books and the classroom are included during the semester - for example trips to important historical, cultural, and political sites in and around Strasbourg, Germany, and Belgium.

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US Sponsoring Partner Universities

Students from an accredited university or college and students from West Virginia University (WVU) can apply through WVU:

Students from Georgia State University (GSU) and the UGA system can apply through GSU:

Students from Mercer University can apply to the program directly through Mercer:

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Palais Rohan

Palais Rohan

The Palais Rohan (Rohan Palace) in Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France was opened in 1782 and is the former residence of the prince-bishops and cardinals of the House of Rohan, an ancient French noble family originally from Brittany, and is a major architectural, historical and cultural landmark in the city. Today, there are three splendid museums housed […]

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Strasbourg – What an exciting city!

Who says that Strasbourg is a city for tourists who only offer boring visits and events? If you think so, you are completely wrong. To celebrate the students’ 3 weeks anniversary in Strasbourg, we went to the restaurant “Au Brasseur”, to have a delicious Tarte Flambée dinner during their happy hour – an opportunity not […]

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BBQ at the Château

Yesterday, we had a great BBQ with French, American, and German students. The result of this intercultural exchange are those funny tongue twisters: “Fischers Fritz fischt frische Fische, frische Fische fischt Fischers Fritz.” “Un chasseur sachant chasser sans son chien est un bon chasseur.” “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could […]

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Welcome ESC Fall students

            We are happy to welcome our EU Studies Group for their semester abroad at the ESC Strasbourg. “Keep your eyes on the price” and enjoy an exciting fall semester, full with unique experiences! Our students will have many wonderful opportunities to learn more about Europe and the European Union […]

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