Euroculture Strasbourg

Society, Politics and Culture in a Global Context

Université de Strasbourg, France


"Since it is the place where the Council of Europe is located, Strasbourg certainly has many advantages for students who would like to continue their studies about Europe — many hearings from the European Court of Human Rights are open to the public, and there are many activities students could benefit from, such as the European Youth Event, World Forum of Democracy, and many public speeches in the European institutions. Life could be a little bit harder for those who don’t speak French throughout the country, though Strasbourg is an exception and very friendly to English speakers. The university library system has a large data base in French, so for students who have a good command of French language, or for those who would like to concentrate on their studies about France, it could be their best choice to spend the second semester in Strasbourg."
- Hanhan Ping, second semester Strasbourg student 2015-2017

European by nature and international by design, the University of Strasbourg’s strengths and assets stem from its active involvement in virtually every discipline comprising the current body of knowledge. The University was first founded in 1621 before being founded again in a new form in 1871 during the German period.  After a split subsequent to the events of 1968, the university was reunited in 2009.  As a young university founded on an age-old tradition, it strives to attain cross-disciplinarity so that this mixing fosters new research opportunities and produces courses that meet society’s need.

The international dimension is fundamental for the University of Strasbourg and thanks to the world-wide reputation of its research teams, built on excellence and efficiency, it emerges among Europe’s foremost research universities. Each of the University’s main academic fields of instruction is based upon research sections that are the driving force of the institution, with over 2,600 professors and staff. Solidly anchored in the European Higher Education Area, the University of Strasbourg, a beating heart of the Alsatian metropolis with its 42,000 students (of which more than 20,000 come from abroad), has the potential to face challenging international competition. Euroculture at the University of Strasbourg is hosted by ITIRI, a very international department of the Applied Languages and Social Sciences Faculty.  The programme is also closely tied to the prestigious SAGE (Society, Actors, Government in Europe) research laboratory.

Thematic Focus

By virtue of its location in a city on the highly symbolic Franco-German border, which is host to several European institutions, organisations, and museums, Euroculture Strasbourg offers two axes of specialist study in line with the areas of expertise of its teaching staff:

  • The institutions of European integration, most notably the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, and the European Parliament (overseen by E. Lambert Abdelgawad)
  • Transnational cultural cooperation and shared cultural heritage (overseen by A. Kostka)

With overs 40 000 students, 20% of which are coming from foreign countries, the academic culture in Strasbourg can be described as being very cosmopolitan. Major European political and cultural institutions are conveniently close, and cooperation is encouraged with professionals coming from both areas. Although the French system has the reputation of establishing a separation between teachers and students, in the special environment of the diploma a more relaxed hierarchical structure, based on dialogue and exchange, is applied. The diploma tries to combine the search for discipline and clarity coming from the « French » side, and the desire to promote student involvement characteristic for neighbouring countries such as Germany and Switzerland. French diplomas require a minimum of 12 contact hours per week, as well as independent work to be accomplished individually or in small groups.

Other Information

Starting date of the academic year
14 September

Recognition Status

  • Name of Institution: Université de Strasbourg
  • Name of the degree awarded: Master European Studies /Euroculture
  • Accredited by: Accreditation Committee of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research

University Rankings
Shanghai ARWU 2016: 101-150
Times Higher Education 2016-2017: 301-350
QS Top Universities 2016-2017: 260

Living Costs
Estimation per month (housing, food, other expenses): €700-€800
Housing can be arranged through the university, which would make the monthly living costs a lot lower.


Institut de Traducteurs, d’ Interpretes et de Relations Internationales
Université de Strasbourg
22, rue René Descartes
F – 67084 Strasbourg Cedex, France

Phone: (+33) 03 68 85 66 48  (Valentin Haumesser, Coordinator)
Website: Euroculture Strasbourg
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