Program Provider: Accés, University of Strasbourg Duration:
Spring Semester: Mid January - Late May
Fall Semester: September - Mid December
Cumulative GPA 2.5
Each level includes a French language block worth 6 US credits.
Students enroll at the Institut International d'Études Françaises (IIEF), Université de Strasbourg’s French language and culture institute.
Upon arrival, students take a French language ability test and are placed in the appropriate language level.
Students may also choose from dozens of French culture classes worth 1 credit each. (Students may take French culture classes on in their level or in the level immediately above or below.)
Advanced level students can take classes in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Strasbourg. All courses are taught in French.
The program organizes several cultural seminars every semester where students learn French through practical experience: French cooking, first aid certification at the Croix Rouge, sailing, grape harvesting, and Alsatian folk dancing.
The program offers part-time internships at NGOs, government agencies and other associations in Strasbourg for pre-qualified students. Internships require a commitment of 12-15 hours per week for 10 weeks, as well as, a course load of a minimum of 12 credit hours at the university. In addition, students prepare a 20-page dissertation in French, which is evaluated by the internship director and a tutor. Students may earn 4 US credits for successful completion of the dissertation.
Throughout the semester, the program organizes excursions to sites of historical and cultural interest in and around Strasbourg. Excursions are meant to teach students something about France's past.
Located on the French border with Germany, midway between Paris and Prague, Strasbourg has been a crossroads of people and ideas for centuries. The city has gone back and forth five times between France and Germany.
Soka students are required to live with a host family. One of the big criteria for selecting host families is that they host only one American student at a time. The Program also insists on the host family speaks only French with the student. All families live within walking distance of the university campus and city center.
3 meals per day are all included in program fee. This ensures daily interaction in French with the host family.