Parc de Pourtales: the chateau grounds have an expansive public park equipped with trails, tennis courts, a volleyball court and more! Rent a bicycle for free at the castle reception and explore the nature along the Rhine river.
Chateau foyer and grand staircase – upon entering the chateau, you are greeted by the grand marble stair case and two parlor rooms, continue to the left to reach reception where the chateau staff can assist you with your daily needs.
Grand Salon- the site of many of the chateau’s signature events, including the Castle Talks International Symposium, a capstone for the semester students.
Breakfast Room – enjoy a French buffet-style breakfast every morning, included in your program fee.
Student Residence – student accommodations at the chateau are dorm style, double occupancy rooms with shared bathrooms, common spaces, and kitchen.
Classrooms and ESC Staff Offices – you will take two classes at the ESC, both of which will also include out-of-the-classroom components and field trips around the region and Europe!
Strasbourg, France – located in the heart of Europe, Strasbourg is home to the European Parliament, various institutions of international cooperation, and soon, home to you! Spend your semester becoming acquainted with the unique Alsacian culture that blends French and German elements and sets the bar for cultural pluralism within the EU.
The European Study Center is housed within the Chateau de Pourtales, a full service hotel and castle that dates back to the 17th century.
The castle grounds include access to the Parc de Pourtales, volleyball and tennis courts, as well as an interactive park, bar, and lounge.
The Chateau’s On-Site Outdoor Lounge, Bar, and Sports Area
Enjoy the many areas around the chateau for relaxation and studying.
Take a virtual tour of your home next semester, the Chateau de Pourtales. Explore the facilities by scrolling your mouse over the hotspots on the chateau.
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About the Château
The European Study Center Château de Pourtalès is a 250-year-old fairytale castle nestled gracefully in a beautiful park just minutes from the EU institutions and the historical center of one of Europe’s most dynamic and multi-cultural cities, Strasbourg, France. The Château de Pourtalès has witnessed nearly 300 of the most compelling years in the history of Western Europe and graciously welcomed some of Europe’s most notable nobility, diplomats, dignitaries, musicians, philosophers and poets.
Today, the Château continues to offer its hospitality to guests from all over the world. University level study abroad students, policy-makers, business leaders, as well as private travelers enjoy the quiet setting just minutes away from the bustling center of Strasbourg. As a student at the European Study Center, you will stay in shared rooms at the chateau, enjoy a catered French breakfast every morning, have free access to an international phone, student kitchen, library, and computer lab.
Strasbourg, which means the “City of Roads”, is a fascinating and exciting place for students to live and study abroad. A diverse, modern and multicultural city with centuries of history, it is strategically located on the Rhine River, literally at the crossroads of Europe. It is the largest city in France’s Grand Est region, and the epicenter of French Alsatian culture.
One of Europe’s largest cities, Strasbourg is the seat of the European Parliament, and also hosts other prestigous intergovernmental organizations, including the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe. The city is an important center for politics, culture, business, government, and just about anything else. Many universities have roots in Strasbourg and students who study abroad have access to some of the most influential institutions right at their doorstep. It is a city with a rich tradition for education and history, with a significant importance to modern Europe.