Strasbourg is a multifaceted city, which boasts the seat of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, an internationally-ranked university, a stunning cathedral arising from a cluster of half-timbered houses and narrow streets, and omnipresent waterways such as the canal which flows past the historic Petite France quarter, a UNESCO world heritage site.
It is also a green city in all senses of the term, with a modern tram system, bike and foot paths everywhere, and parks and gardens as a reminder that the rich Rhine valley, the sloping vineyards of Alsace and the forests of the Vosges are never really out of view.
With a population just over 250,000, it presents the perfect environment to be truly immersed in French culture; large enough to represent the diversity of contemporary France, sufficiently off the beaten tourist track to allow for maximum immersion and chance to practice French at all times, small enough to become comfortable navigating in a summer. Or to head easily for the hills!
IFE encourages students to explore the ins and outs of the city of Strasbourg through cultural, social and outdoor activities. From day trips in the surrounding Alsatian countryside, sampling local wine and food specialties, to fun excursions within the city, students have a chance to explore this beautiful city on the German border, and come to appreciate not just its historical importance but also its life as a dynamic contemporary community.