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Study in Strasbourg, France

Population: 272, 975

City Overview

As the centre of diplomacy in Europe, Strasbourg is home to the European Parliament – the court where many of the major decisions that govern the continent are made – as well as a number of other political institutions. Its city centre was also the first in the world to be granted UNESCO World Heritage status.

Sitting almost on the German border, Strasbourg is a unique city where those studying postgraduate courses can truly expect to feel the conflux of both cultures – Germanic in some cases, and French in many others. Add to this the beauty of the Ill River, which cuts through the city, and you have a truly beautiful city in which to begin your graduate program.

Education profile

Strasbourg has a long-held tradition of higher education – one of its most famous pupils is Goethe, who read law in the city in the late 18th Century. Nowadays it is widely held to be one of the best centres for education in France, second only to Paris.

Higher education in the city comes from the newly formed University of Strasbourg, which was created in 2009 from the merger of three institutions – Strasbourg I (Louis Pastuer University), Strasbourg II (Marc Bloch University) and Strasbourg III (Robert Schuman University).

The University of Strasbourg is one of the most highly respected universities in Europe for the quality of its research, meaning it is a very popular choice for those looking to begin graduate programs overseas. With around 43,000 students from all over the world, you will be part of a vibrant community, comprised of students from all over the world.

Graduate programs are offered in faculties as diverse as the Business School, the Institute of Political Studies and the Engineering School, and in subjects ranging from journalism to fine art to environmental studies.

Taught Masters are postgraduate courses that follow a similar pattern to undergraduate study, with lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will be expected to research topics yourself and take and independent approach to studying.

Research Masters are often seen as pre-cursor to a PhD. You will research a particular topic independently and focus on improving your research skills to produce a dissertation or final projects.

Masters programs in France generally last between 1-2 years, with PhDs taking up to four years to complete. 

Immigration and visas

If you are looking to study for a postgraduate degree in Strasbourg and are an EU citizen you will be accepted onto a graduate program provided you fulfil the following:
  • Are studying in Strasbourg for more than three months.
  • Are enrolled at an accredited university or institution.
  • Have proof of sufficient funds to cover your graduate program in France for its duration.
  • Have health insurance cover.
Non-EU students will need to apply for an extended-stay student visa, with residency permit (VLS-TS).

When a VLS-TS visa is issued, students will be given an official form that they must present to the French office of immigration and integration (OFII)

A VLS-TS holder must, upon arriving in France, send to the OFII by registered mail (return receipt requested):
  • The official form received from the consulate that issued the visa.
  • A copy of passport pages showing the visa holders identity and the stamp indicating entry into France.
You can find out more about visas at Campus France -

Life in Strasbourg

It is no secret that Strasbourg has a massive cultural heritage – from the history surrounding the Thirty Years War to the numerous museums and art galleries that are found across the city to its role as a centre of law and diplomacy, the knowledge you will get from studying here is almost unbelievably varied. The city is also now a hub of performance, with theatre and opera raking centre stage.

Strasbourg has its own airport, as well numerous train links to other areas in Europe, most frequently Germany. Within the city, a tram link system provides easy movement from one area to another. Alternatively, Strasbourg has over 400 kilometres of cycle tracks.

As a student at the University as Strasbourg you will receive both a student card and a Pass Campus Alsace – the latter of which will provide you with discounts on public transport in the city, as well as in various shops and restaurants.

Working In Strasbourg

If you are a postgraduate student from inside the EU you are entitled work in Strasbourg provided the institution you are enrolled at provides access to the student social security scheme.

For other foreign students, since 2007 the student residence card has replaced the need to get temporary authorisation to work in France. Foreign students can also work up to 60% of the statutory annual work time, the equivalent of a maximum of 964 hours per year. 

Strasbourg is a commercial and manufacturing centre, with one of the lowest unemployment rates in France. Alsace is best known for engineering, textiles, transport and electronics, whilst Lorraine is France’s centre for heavy industry. Strasbourg’s third region, Franche-Comte, has a focus on micro-technologies.


There are two main types of accommodation you may choose between while studying a postgraduate course:
  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence
  • Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
University accommodation is in very short supply, so most students end up living in private accommodation. The number of private student residences is on the increase, making it easier to find student accommodation in France.

Campus France can help you with problems you might have with student housing in France, such as locating and reserving accommodation.

Weather and Climate

Strasbourg’s climate is oceanic, meanings its winters are cold and overcast whilst its summers are sunny and warm. Rainfall is steady throughout the year. Winter is from November to February, whilst summer is between May and August.

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