*If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, please meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to discuss your options.
- Good academic and disciplinary standing
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Language Prerequisites: Advanced French II (FREN102) or Intensive Advanced French II (FREN112)
- Language Evaluation: Two-part evaluation for French required of all applicants prior to application deadline (typically takes place two weeks before the application deadline)
About the Program
Based at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) de Strasbourg, the exchange program in Strasbourg has existed for over 20 years. The Université de Strasbourg (UdS) is the largest comprehensive university in France and is the second largest research center in France. Georgetown students are registered at Sciences Po
but may also take humanities coursework elsewhere in the University. For more information on academics and extracurricular activities, students may visit the GU program's website (linked under the Academics tab).
The GU Coordinator, Susan Witkowski
, serves as a liaison with the university and an academic advisor and also provides non-academic support for students on the program. In addition, she organizes various cultural events and activities which normally include an overnight visit to a place of interest in the region.
The largest city in Alsace, Strasbourg is located on the German border and its architecture, cuisine, and culture reflects its Germanic heritage. The old city (La Petite France) is home to one of the most famous cathedrals in Europe. The EU Parliament and Council of Europe are also located in Strasbourg, making it a hub of international activity and a great location for students interested in the functioning of the EU.
- Full year: early September to mid-May (UdS) & early June (Sciences Po)
- Fall: early September to late December
- Spring: early January to mid-May (UdS) & early June (Sciences Po)
Fields of Study
Language of instruction is French.
Fields of study include: Anthropology, Arabic, Art/Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Classics, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Film, French, German, Government/Political Science, History, International Studies, Italian, Japanese, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Performing Arts, Persian, Philosophy, Physics, Portuguese, Religion/Theology, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Turkish
You are required to enroll in a full courseload and complete all exams and assignments associated with the course regardless of the credit you wish to receive on the program. Withdrawal from a course or failure to take/complete a final will be regarded as an unauthorized reduction in courseload and a violation of the academic policy.
A full courseload for this program is: 180 semester hours (15 hours per week)
You may take a combination of IEP and regular University classes, totalling at least 180 hours credits per semester for 15 GU credits. If you will be in Strasbourg in the fall you should take a Méthodologie universitaire course in your major field of study. This course will expose you to the stylistics of French academic writing specific to the discipline.
Course information is available under the Guides pédagogiques
section of the GU program's website.
Note: When looking at course information at the University, you should pay special attention to the semester (S1-S6) listed. Odd numbered semesters are offered in the fall and even numbered semesters in the spring. This should not be confused with the number of the year in the undergraduate degree (L1-L3). Due to exam scheduling, Fall-only students may be not able to take some classes at the IEP. Splitting courses between multiple facultés is not advised, as schedules and calendars may be different.
The minimum passing grade for this program is: 9/20
You are expected to take all courses and complete all coursework in French. You will not receive credit for courses taught in English, or in which the readings are primarily in English, nor may you use such coursework to meet the requirement for a full courseload.
You are required to live in program housing.
You will live with a host family. You will be asked to indicate your preferences as part of your application. Using this information, Mme. Witkowski, will match you with a family, where you will take some of your meals. You also receive a stipend to purchase lunches at university-sponsored cafeterias. If you stay for both semesters you may opt for more independent housing during your second semester.
We are committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. We hope that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.
With over 200 approved-programs, we are confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with your OGE advisor to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.
To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website
. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website
Hoya Makayla Kessel takes us through Strasbourg on @GUAbroad Snapchat.
Stories Beyond the Hilltop Blog
Learn more about Hoya experiences in Strasbourg in Stories Beyond the Hilltop.