ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Students will study at France’s second-largest university, the Université de Strasbourg. With as many as 18 Nobel laureates, the university is now ranked among the best in the League of European Research Universities.
There are approximately 46,000 students and over 4,000 researchers at Université de Strasbourg. Approximately 13% of the total University of Strasbourg student population are international students, mostly but not exclusively from other member countries of the European Union. In the IIEF, which is specifically designed for international students whose first language is not French, Americans constitute less than 10%, making for a very rich variety of international students there.
Class sizes vary, but typically there are 20 or fewer students per class, and at the the IEP there are 20 or more students per class.
You may find that teaching styles tend to be more formal than you are used to but things are changing. In the IIEF where language acquisition is the purpose, classes are very interactive. In the IEP, most professors tend to a more formal lecture style but are quite accessible to students.
Université de Strasbourg has numerous clubs and sports activities. It is a great way to meet people and to get immersed in French student life. We highly recommend joining one or more. You should note that sport activities carry an additional charge.
You will be matched with a host family based on your responses to a housing interests questionnaire.
Host families are not expected to speak English, although you may find that one or two members do know a bit of the language.
Visas are required for semester or academic year study in France. You will receive detailed instructions from BCA to help you complete this process. Most consulates do require an in-person appointment, so you will need to plan for some travel. After arrival, the Resident Director will help you register for a carte de sejour.
Yes, BCA requires students have at least two semesters of college-level French to study at BCA Strasbourg. While in Strasbourg, students can choose classes that adequately meet their individual level of French language proficiency.