Join students from colleges all over the US for a semester in Strasbourg, one of the safest most liveable cities in France.
Accès provides the support and guidance American college students need to get the most out of their study abroad experience.
We arrange housing with host families and boarding houses, help students register for the classes they need at the University of Strasbourg, transfer academic credit to US colleges, set up internships or volunteering activities at local associations, and organize excursions throughout France.
Because we are a small program (less than 15 students per semester in the Classique track) our experienced American staff gets to know each student personally.
The European Studies Track combines classes at the Institut d'Études Politiques (also called Sciences Po or IEP) and visits of the European institutions present in the city: The Council of Europe, the Court of Human Rights, the European Parliament, Arte television, Pharmacopea... The classes at the IEP are designed for students with weak French and a strong interest in European politics. All classes are taught in English by Sciences Po professors.
Students can also undertake an internship at a European organization in Strasbourg. This option is possible for students who speak intermediate French or who can stay in France 2 semesters.
A less expensive option for students who want to get a full semester of credit in only three months. Courses are taught at the Accès center by local professors in English.
Les Points Forts:
- No French language pre-requisite. All classes are taught in English. French language classes are offered at beginner to advanced levels.
- US citizens do not need to obtain a visa for France for stays of less than 90 days.
- Costs less than our full-semester Classique and Européen tracks.
- We maximize the time so that students can earn 12-15 credits in just 3 months.
- Several three-day weekends for travel
..and, as with all Accès programs:
- Homestays with local families or rooms in boarding houses with French students
- Accès excursions and events throughout the semester
- onsite director and facilities near university campus
If you are an American college professor thinking of bringing a group of students to France, Accès can help.
Whether you stay for a few days or a few weeks, we can provide:
- Speakers on topics related to local culture, the European institutions, Christianity and modernity in Europe, Franco-German relations, Human rights protection, and many others
- Classroom or conference space near the university campus with internet and videoprojector
- Accommodation in studio apartments or with French-speaking host families in the center of Strasbourg
- Activities such as a cooking class with a local chef or French folk dancing with a live accordion band.
- Guided visits of historical and cultural sties in the region, including: The European Parliament, Le Struthof concentration camp, Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, the German quarter of Strasbourg, World War I battlefields of Verdun, art nouveau tour of Nancy
- French-English interpreting services for conferences and tours
We will work with you to design a program that suits your needs and your budget.