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The On-Site Team


From the moment you meet on your arrival day and orientation until the day you leave, the team at the Château will be there to support you. We are here to provide guidance and advice, or just chat with you about your study abroad experience. If you need help troubleshooting any potential issues you might have, assistance with daily academic and living needs, or help adjusting to the new culture and surroundings, just ask us.

Meet the ESC Strasbourg Team

As the President of the CEPA Foundation, Harald is one of the most down-to-earth "Presidents" you could ever meet with an extraordinary amount of life-experience and networks all over the world. He and his wife Uli (see below) live and work at the castle on a weekly basis and call the Château their home. So if you don't bump into him in the breakfast room or pass by him in the hallway, you can probably find him meeting with his numerous international clubs, societies, and organizations or even presenting to his fellow Rotary Club members. No matter where he is, as a father of four himself, he will be there for you no matter what you might need.

Email: harald.leibrecht@cepa-foundation.org
Phone: +33 (0) 3 68 33 41 41

In addition to being the Founder and Director of the CEPA Foundation, Uli has many important roles and responsibilities at the Château. Most of all, she is here for the students and faculty who spend their study abroad experience here. Afterall, she and her husband Harald (see above) have been dedicated to study abroad for almost two decades. So if you need an answer or assistance, she is most likely the one person at the Château who "knows it all" or "can get it done" for you. If she is not at the Château, she is most likely visiting our partner schools in Europe, the USA, and Canada or working at the CEPA Foundation head office in Germany. Whenever possible, she travels to Guatemala to volunteer and work on multiple charitable projects to improve the lives and education of underpriviliged families.

Email: uli.leibrecht@cepa-foundation.org
Phone: +33 (0) 3 68 33 41 41


Dr. Wassenberg is a professor at the University of Strasbourg Sciences Po and also teaches the Signature Course to semester students at the ESC Strasbourg: "European Identity and Cross Cultural Communication"

Email: birte.wassenberg@unistra.fr

Dr. Patrick Dollat is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Strasbourg Sciences Po as well as an Invited Professor at West Virginia University & Georgia State University (USA), University of Okayama (Japan), University of Conakry (Guinea), Former Judge at the Administrative Tribunal of Paris and former French project leader for the Indian European Studies Centre (IESC) located on the Management Development Institute campus at Delhi – INDIA. He holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Paris V. Emile Bruylant, a prominent Belgian publisher in Brussels specializing in Law, Economics and Social Sciences, has published his thesis. Recently, Dr. Patrick Dollat has done research and publications on European citizenship, the European internal market and the enlargement of the European Union in collaboration with Belgian, Bulgarian, Polish, Maltese, French and Swiss professors, lawyers and researchers. He takes part regularly in European Congresses and he works as an International Expert for the Council of Europe. He has also worked at the ENA/CEES to define and to implement European programs intended for the Central and Eastern European countries. He directed a research entitled “The Economic and Social European Area in Front of the Enlargement” which has been published at La Documentation Française. Dr. Patrick Dollat teaches the Signature Course to semester students at the ESC Strasbourg: "The European Union and Contemporary European Affairs"

Email: patrick.dollat@unistra.fr

Lynn Anderson works with semester students at the ESC Strasbourg after they complete their International Career Seminar. Her strength is to help students understand and communicate the valuable skills they gained while studying abroad to be better prepared for a job or graduate school interview.

Email: lynn.anderson@cepa-foundation.org

Student and University Relations

Jenny has been part of the team since 2010 and enjoys welcoming international student groups to our European Study Center in Strasbourg. Having studied abroad herself, she knows exactly how it feels to be a "foreigner" in France. She will be happy to share her experiences with you and give you advice during your stay. Jenny is responsible for the overall organization of your study abroad program and she is the main contact person for your home university. Her main goal everyday is to make sure your study abroad experience goes smoothly, but most importantly, that it will be the experience of a lifetime for you. German is her native language and she is fluent in English and French.

Email: jennifer.bensching@cepa-foundation.org

Frédéric grew up in Strasbourg, and, after spending a few years abroad, decided to return to his hometown. “The quality of life, the friendliness of the people, the cultural events richness made me want to come back to my roots!”

He will be happy to share his knowledge about the city and its region, but also about the local culture. French is his native language and he is fluent in English.

Email: frederic.flurer@cepa-foundation.org
Phone: +33 (0) 36 83 34 152

Since she was a child, Eliana has been a part of a multicultural environment. She was born in Portugal and raised by her parents, who are from Angola, in France (Haute-Savoie and Alsace), and today she lives in Strasbourg.

Eliana will be happy to support you during your stay in Strasbourg. She will assist you with everyday life (social and cultural activities, university and scholarship duties, facing and adapting to the cultural differences…), in order to help you have an easier adjustment.

Eliana is fluent in Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Spanish, and English and has basic knowledge in German and Italian.

Email: eliana.rafael@cepa-foundation.org
Phone: +33 (0) 36 83 34 161


Mireille is a seasoned professional in the field of hospitality and the person you can ask for help about anything regarding your room, the facilities, and your stay at the Château.

Email: mireille.schmitt@chateau-pourtales.eu
Phone: +33 (0) 3 88 45 84 64

Gaby has been at the Château ever since she was young and knows it like the back of her hand. She is here to help you with any questions you might have about your stay in Strasbourg and at the Château.

Email: gaby.junger@chateau-pourtales.eu
Phone: +33 (0) 36 83 34 140