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First-Semester Study Abroad in Strasbourg

Strasbourg is the official seat of the European Parliament and European Court of Human Rights, making it the ideal place for you to study communications, international relations, human rights, and management.

Two students hug while overlooking the French countryside

Students participating in the Discovery Strasbourg program will enjoy a rich and varied introduction to France through a challenging semester-long curriculum. The program fulfills the same curricular requirements as those pursued by freshmen studying on SU’s main campus, while providing a course schedule unique to the Strasbourg experience. Over one third of the Strasbourg faculty are professionals from the Council of Europe or Court of Human Rights who bring real issues into the classroom. Niche programs offered by SU Strasbourg include European Union studies, international relations, French language, human rights, music performance (through a partnership with Strasbourg Conservatory), and management.

Life in Strasbourg

Syracuse University Strasbourg has a long-standing relationship within the Strasbourg community that has allowed SU to offer students a program that excels in academics and cultural immersion. The SUS faculty are internationally renowned scholars, and the staff is truly dedicated to meeting the needs of today’s students and helping them immerse themselves in the French culture. SU Strasbourg is eager to welcome the exceptional first-year students of the Discovery Strasbourg program.

Living with a French Host Family

Discovery Strasbourg students will live with French hosts either within the city of Strasbourg or in the immediate outskirts on a bus line. This enables you to use the French you’ve learned in class and develop insight into French culture that cannot be achieved in any other way. Hosts vary from traditional family to single professionals. The housing coordinator in Strasbourg makes the placements based on extensive experience with each host.

Students usually eat their mid-day meal at one of the cafés or student restaurants. Continental breakfasts are provided by the host family every day, and evening meals are provided weekdays.

Students themselves repeatedly describe the host family experience as the best part of being abroad.

Insider Tips

Meet Durrie , a Discovery Strasbourg alumna who has some great tips for studying abroad in France:

  • Strasbourg museums are free on the first Sunday of every month. Make sure to take advantage.
  • Rent a bike for just €5 and ride on the path into Germany.
  • During the holiday season, visit the Christmas Market near the Cathedral, a tradition since 1570.
  • Check out the quiche (and free WiFi) at L’artichaut, right down the street from the SU Center.
  • Join the ultimate frisbee club at the University of Strasbourg.



Connect with Syracuse Abroad through general advising sessions or program appointments. Drop-in or schedule a virtual or in-person advising session at SyracuseAbroad@Bird Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or, schedule an appointment to meet with a Syracuse Abroad program advisor. View all advising options View all advising options.

First-Year Seminar

All Discovery Strasbourg students will participate in the Strasbourg equivalent of the First-Year Seminar offered by the College of Arts and Sciences on main campus. The goal of the forum is to orient you to college life, to SU, and to studying abroad. Students will discuss issues of host families, cultural adjustment, time management, study habits, expectations of college level courses, choosing a major, and more. This course will be taught by staff in Strasbourg with input from the associate dean for curriculum and instruction of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Program Field Study

The objective of the all-school field studies program is to offer you the opportunity to travel to cities throughout France learning about the history, art, architecture, and culture of your host country under the guidance of an experienced professor or lecturer. In the past all-school field studies program included day trips to Alsace, the Black Forest, hiking in the Vosges mountains, and Dijon-Burgundy. The trips are open to all students.


The Discovery Strasbourg curriculum provides rich introduction to France while fulfilling the same curricular requirements as those pursued by freshmen studying on Syracuse University's main campus. Upon return to Syracuse in the spring semester, Discovery Strasbourg participants will be on equal footing academically with their main campus peers.

Note: If you are interested in a natural science, mathematics, pre-med track, engineering, or computer science, you should apply to Discovery Madrid as this is the only center that offers the required first-semester courses in these programs.

For specific course information, view required and optional courses .