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  • Locations: Strasbourg, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CEPA - Cultural & Educational Programs Abroad 
  • Restrictions: UNC Charlotte applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2024 10/01/2023
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2024 03/01/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2024-2025 03/01/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of approval into this program and be able to complete pre-departure materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Affiliate Provider Program Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Accounting, Business, Criminal Justice, Economics, French, History, Humanities, International Business, International Public Relations, International Studies, Internship, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Public Health, Sociology
Click here for a definition of this term Min. Cumulative GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Student Level Eligibility: Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Affiliate Provider: CEPA
Housing Options: Dormitory, Homestay, Other
Program Description:

ESC Strasbourg FranceESC Application and Websites


Spend your Fall or Spring semester at the European Study Center in Strasbourg, France!

This study abroad program is offered by the CEPA Foundation, a non-profit, family-run 501(c)3 organization.

This comprehensive semester program includes housing at the Chateau de Pourtales, an 18th Century French Chateau, courses and transcripts, group excursions to cultural sites and government and business institutions in France and Germany, daily breakfast and some group meals, a three-day trip to Brussels, AND MORE!

On the program, you will take classes at both the European Study Center and at the University of Strasbourg. There is no foreign language requirement, as all courses are offered in English (though you can take French language courses). At the University of Strasbourg, you can enroll in the Ecole de Management and/or Sciences Po. You will be able to take courses in Business, Political Science, Finance, International Relations, Global Studies, Economics, French Language, Cultural Studies, History, Marketing, and Human Resources. Visit the ESC website for more information on course options. Sidebar- ESC Strasbourg

The ESC Strasbourg Program Fee includes:
  • 12 to 15 US semester credits
  • Registration fees in Strasbourg
  • Official transcripts from the University of Strasbourg (FRANCE) and West Virginia University (USA)
  • Housing, excursions, daily breakfast, participation in European Study Center events

Housing and on-site Amenities:
During your semester, you will reside at the Château de Pourtalès, an 18th Century French Chateau. The Chateau features many amenities including a french buffet-style breakfast served every morning, bikes available for student use, classrooms, lounges, a computer lab, wi-fi, a library, laundry facilities, and a student kitchen. There are recreational opportunities onsite, including tennis and volleyball courts, yoga classes, and a large park for exercise or relaxation (the Parc de Pourtalès). Homestays are also available. 

  • Dorm-style accommodation with shared rooms and bathrooms
  • Coordinator and Chateau staff will provide personal support prior to, during, and after the program
  • Wifi, computer lab, library, and free printing
  • International calling using the on-site landline phone (no charge)
  • 24/7 emergency assistance/staff on-call


  • Welcome reception and group dinner at the start of the semester
  • Delicious French breakfast buffet is included every day at the Château de Pourtalès
  • Tarte flambeé group dinner
  • Group dinner at a restaurant in Brussels
  • Special holiday group meal, depending on the season
  • Farewell group dinner at the end of the semester
  • Optional: $1,500 weekly meal allowance can be arranged. Costs will be in addition to the program fee.


  • One group pick-up will be arranged for all students who arrive at Frankfurt International Airport on the official arrival day and time
  • Public transportation pass for Strasbourg for the duration of the program
  • All ground transfers for the official activities and excursions included in the program

Signature programs included in the ESC Strasbourg Semester:

  • Participation in the “Castle Talks” international symposium
  • International Career Seminar - CEPA’s unique career support program developed especially for study abroad semester students
  • Community volunteer and engagement opportunities at local organizations during the semester
  • Yoga classes are offered once a week at the castle. Students can join the classes free of charge.
  • Trips and site visits (see below)

Trips and Site Visits:
Strasbourg, France:

  • Visit to the European Parliament
  • Visit to the Council of Europe
  • Visit to the European Court of Human Rights
  • Visit to the EURO Institute

Brussels, Belgium and Verdun, France:

  • During your 3 day trip to Brussels, you will visit 3-4 European or international institutions – e.g. European Commission, Council of the European Union, SHAPE, US Mission and / or World Bank Group


  • Visit to the German Central Bank in Frankfurt
  • Visit to the German Stock Exchange in Frankfurt
  • Visit to the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) in Karlsruhe

Cultural visits and social activities:

  • Guided tour of the Haut Koenigsbourg Castle
  • Visit the former concentration camp Struthof
  • Day trip to the city of Heidelberg, Germany. Walking tour and visit to the famous Heidelberg Castle
  • Guided walking tour of Strasbourg
  • Guided tour of the Historical Museum in Strasbourg
  • Company visit, e.g. to an automobile company in Rastatt
  • Seasonal party at the castle, depending on the semester: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, etc. 

Courses and Credits:

At the University of Strasbourg, you can enroll in the Ecole de Management (AACSB accredited business school) and/or Sciences Po (world-renown political science institute). 


  • International health insurance and the French Social Securité insurances are included in the program fee
  • Membership to University of Strasbourg's Student Union (semesters)
  • CEPA student services and support from the on-site team, including 24-hour emergency on-call support


  • The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from an accredited, higher education institution.
  • All courses may be taken in English, although the option to take courses in French is available to students with sufficient foreign language skills.
  • All majors are welcome to apply. Minimum 2.5 GPA required.

Scholarships are available from the CEPA Foundation to students who qualify.
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Important Notes from
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Researching this Program

Many affiliate providers typically will only list minimal information in their brochure above within the EA database of approved programs as all current information is hosted on their website. Please use the links provided above to research the program information on the affiliate provider's website.

Affiliate Provider Programs

Check out our Affiliate Provider page for more general information about what an affiliate provider is, the program and cost structure & more. Please note that the "Fact Sheet" listed above may list majors or minors under the "Areas of Study" parameter. It's important to understand that these are simply suggested areas of study, which indicates that this program may offer one or several courses within this discipline. Additionally, as course offerings can change often, the program may offer one or more courses within an area of study that is not listed in this section. Students should not rely solely on this "areas of study" section when determining whether or not a study abroad program is a good academic fit for them; it is the student's responsibility to look at the specific list of courses offered by the host university (see below) to determine whether or not courses are available within their interests and/or area(s) of study.

Application Process

Any student wishing to participate in an affiliate provider program is required to complete an additional application with the Office of Education Abroad in order to receive approval to participate in the program. Please visit our Application Process page for more information. Note that students who do not receive approval from the EA to participate in the program will not receive academic credit, will not be able to access their financial aid or scholarships and will not have access to EA Services.

Academic Credit

Refer to our Academic Credit page for more information on how students will be working with their academic departments to determine what UNC Charlotte equivalent course credit they will receive for the courses they take abroad.

Money Matters

It's important to understand the cost structure of an Affiliate Provider program and to then research the estimated costs of each expense. Check out our Money Matters section on our website to learn more about how financial aid works, search for scholarship opportunities and more.

Miscellaneous Resources


For questions regarding policies & procedures for UNC Charlotte students going abroad, please visit the EA website, contact UNC Charlotte Education Abroad at 704-687-7747 or For questions regarding details of this particular affiliate provider program (e.g. program dates, course offerings, program fee, etc.), please contact the affiliate provider.