EM Strasbourg Business School
Fall / Spring Semester Exchange Program
Strasbourg is at the same time a model city of rich culture and an academic center of great stature. Ideally located in the center of Europe, it is easy to explore numerous countries while living in Strasbourg. The city is a "university town" in the eastern part of France hosting 48,000 students (about 20% of Strasbourg's population), one-fifth of whom come from countries other than France.
Strasbourg also hosts numerous important European Institutions including: the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights. These three institutions and the proximity of the city with several countries make Strasbourg a very cosmopolitan city and one of the capitals of Europe. With the high speed train (TGV), Strasbourg is now only a bit more than two hours from Paris, and in two hours or less by train or car, one can reach Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium and Germany.
Students will directly enroll at the Ecole de Management Strasbourg which is a part of part of the University of Strasbourg, France's largest multi-disciplinary university. While more than 40,000 students attend the University of Strasbourg, only about 1,500 students are enrolled at the EM Strasbourg Business School. Students who attend the EM Strasbourg Business School may take business courses in English as well as cultural courses taught in basic French designed for non-native French speakers.
This program is an exchange program, offering many classes in English in additional to the local language. Students will take class with local French students as well as students from all over the world earning their full degree or studying abroad at EM Strasbourg. This is an academically rigorous program and also requires students to adjust to a new educational model. Courses typically include only a final exam / project on which the entire course grade is based. Check out the EM Strasbourg Exchange Student webpage or the Exchange Student Info Book 2016 - 2017.
Search BEM Course list 2017-2018 to learn what is offered during your anticipated term abroad!
View a list of Pre-Approved classes via the Strasbourg Course Equivalencies to learn how EM Strasbourg courses transfer to USD. NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to OLD core only.
Undergraduate students can take graduate courses provided they can provide a document which shows that they meet the pre-requisites mentioned in the course outline.
Many courses have been reviewed to transfer back to USD so be sure to review the pre-approved courses listing above in tandem with the courses during your anticipated term abroad. If there is a course you are interested in not listed on the pre-approved list, please contact Alana Thomas.
Grades awarded during a semester at EMS will be transferred back to USD and applied to the student's overall GPA. Please reference the FRANCE Grading Equivalencies to understand how grades are converted. The grading system at France varies greatly from the United States, as does the method in which grades are awarded. European grades model the Bell Curve model much more closely than the U.S. educational system.
Students will receive detailed information about accommodation before they arrive. Some options available are :
- University dorms: EM Strasbourg is granted a limited number of rooms for visiting students in the university dorms. Therefore, the allocation of these rooms to students works on a first come, first served basis. However, as it is more difficult to rent a studio or an apartment for only one semester, we will give priority to students studying for one semester only.
- Private housing: Lists with contact details for private housing will be provided as well as addresses for websites where students can look for ads to rent apartments. EM Strasbourg is not responsible for private housing arrangements. They only provide assistance for those students looking for housing outside of the university setting.
- Apartment sharing: A list will be sent to arriving students of EM Strasbourg students who would like to share an apartment with international students. Please feel free to contact them directly.
Students also have the option to seek out independent housing should they choose, though housing through EM Strasbourg is recommended. Students will pay for their housing directly to EM Strasbourg or the independent provider selected.
USD students will be billed the cost of USD tuition for their term abroad via their USD Student Account. Housing is not included in the fees assessed by USD and will be paid directly to the housing provider. Please see Program Cost above to review details of fees associated with this program.
A passport valid through 6 months past the program end date is required for all study abroad programs. Upon formal acceptance to participate in the program, students will need to register through CampusFrance online as well as apply for a French student visa. The study abroad advisor will review this process with all admitted students during the pre-departure orientation. The French student visa application is a lengthy process which requires that students be without their passports for quite some time. As such, students are highly discouraged from making any international travel plans within 90 days of the start date of their program.
An International Students Association works with the International Office to create social activities for exchange students, as well as pick up from the airport or train station.
Extra-curricular activities are an integral part of the EM Strasbourg Business School program and provide students with the chance to express themselves fully outside the classroom or lecture-hall context. Extra-curricular activities in the EM Strasbourg Spirit benefit from teacher backing and allow students to work together (and individually) and test out their professional, social and relational abilities within team-based projects. The EM Strasbourg Spirit encompasses all the Programme Grande Ecole associations and covers a wide range of activities, stretching well beyond the walls of the campus and including humanitarian aid, editing the Strassbuch (the indispensable yearly guide to what's on in Strasbourg), managing the associations' portal and taking part in some of the large choice of sports and cultural activities.