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.


Students will be advised during the summer before departure by both the Syracuse-based SU Abroad staff and by a senior faculty member from the College of Arts and Sciences, who will also serve as their advisor for the rest of the year (helping to choose spring courses during registration in November as well as advising throughout the spring semester).In addition to ongoing communication with students throughout the semester,  we anticipate that the advisor will visit Strasbourg a week early in the fall semester to talk with students and to help with their initial adjustment to being abroad and to college expectations.

First Year Forum

All Discovery Strasbourg students will participate in the Strasbourg equivalent of the First-Year Forum offered by the College of Arts and Sciences on main campus. The goal of the forum is to orient the student 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.

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.

Academic Resources

  • The SUS campus offers access to computer labs (including printers and wireless access) during business hours.
  • Additional Internet access: Several local cafés provide wireless access to their customers.

Cell Phones

Most students purchase cell phones during their stay in Strasbourg. Further information will be provided during orientation in Strasbourg.

Program Field Study

The objective of the All-School Field Studies Program is to offer students the opportunity to travel to cities throughout France 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 and are repeated many times during the semester to accommodate the student’s schedules.