University of Missouri-St. Louis Exchange Program in France
École de Management Strasbourg
(EM Strasbourg - formerly known as IECS)
A great program at one of France's top business schools. Students take courses taught in English or French and French language courses. Photos courtesy of EM-Strasbourg
What is it like there?
Strasbourg is at the same time a model city of rich culture and an academic center of great stature. From Strasbourg, it is quite easy to travel throughout Europe. Strasbourg is the largest student city in the east of France, with some 48,000 students. The city has proved highly attractive with foreign students, who make up some 20% of the total university student body and Strasbourg has the highest number of foreign students of all the towns and cities in France, just behind Paris. Part of the explanation for this popularity comes from the city's geographic location as a border city in the heart of Europe.
As the intellectual, artistic and economic capital of Alsace, Strasbourg offers all the advantages of a large city, but at a manageable size. The city can boast an extraordinary array of architecture, excellent museums and a cycle and pedestrian -friendly atmosphere that make it a genuinely enjoyable place to live in, with a superb quality of life. Strasbourg is also one of the rare cities in the world whose city centre has been classified as a UNESCO world heritage site.
The EM Strasbourg Business School is located in a prime position on the university campus of the Esplanade district. Built in the 60s, the Esplanade has grown around its university faculties and over a third of its inhabitants are students. The district offers comprehensive facilities, including shops and services, bookshops, estate-agencies, copy and binding shops, fast-food restaurants and the Citadelle and Orangerie parks.
Ecole de Management Strasbourg (EM Strasbourg Business School) is a business and management school which is part of the University of Strasbourg. The EM Strasbourg Business School's mission is to train high-calibre managers to drive projects and provide fresh vision to shape the world that awaits us tomorrow. The EM Strasbourg Business School is committed to providing its students with the specialist and cross-functional knowledge and expertise needed to develop businesses throughout the world.
What will I study?
EM Strasbourg offers a variety of business, finance, marketing, and management classes taught in both French and English. There are also French literature, civilization, and French business classes designed for non-native French speakers to improve their proficiency. Visit the website for course listings and descriptions.
Starting Fall 2012, the School of Management at the University of Strasbourg, will be offering a Bachelor Degree in European Management for UMSL exchange students. Following one year of study, including a French language course, an UMSL student will have earned a second bachelor degree in European Management. In this program, all of the courses are taught in English but students must take a French language course. Students with no prior French language study can take an beginning course while those with some background will be placed accordingly. To be eligible for the second bachelor degree, students must have at least two years of study in Management or related areas.
What is the language of instruction?
English and French.
Where will I live?
Most students live in university dormitories as this is the most affordable option (190-300 euros/month). Rooms are single with shared kitchen facilities. More information, including photos, is available here (you may need to login. Please select "University of Missouri-St. Louis" from the drop-down box and enter MISET as the password). Sometimes, French students will be looking for roommates. There is a French student organization that can assist you with housing if you prefer to stay in the private sector (500-900 euros/month). Students should be prepared to pay the first month's rent and deposit immediately upon arrival.
When can I go?
Students may attend during the Fall or Spring semester.
What are the eligibility requirements?
Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and be a junior, senior, or graduate student with a business or management major or minor. It is recommended that students have a minumum of one year college-level French. Students participating in the Bachelor's Degree in European Management program must have at least two years of study in Management or related areas and do not require any experience in French.
How can I learn more?
Visit the EM Strasbourg website (in English or French) or stop by the Study Abroad Office in 261 MSC to browse their catalog. For some portions of the website, you need to login. Please select "University of Missouri-St. Louis" from the drop-down box and enter MISET as the password. You can also make an appointment to discuss this program with a study abroad advisor; call 516-5229.
How much does it cost?
Below are the 2012-13 estimated costs for one semester (4 months) at EM Strasbourg Business School compared to a semester at UMSL. When you participate in a UMSL exchange program, like EMS, you continue to pay UMSL tuition and may use your financial aid. In addition, both ISP and external scholarships are available.
Please note that the French government requires students to apply in person for the student visa. This means you must go to the French Consulate in Chicago approximately 1-2 months before departure. Details will be provided to applicants.
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Total Estimated Cost5
1 Educational fees are based on 12 credit hours. Non-resident fees may apply. 2 Housing cost based on single room in a shared student residence. Private sector will cost approximately $200-500 more per month. Housing cost includes approx. deposit. 3 UMSL cost based on Option 2 Meal Plan. 4 Includes transportation, mandatory international insurance, mandatory insurance required by France, and some first month expenses. 5Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include personal expenses or independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation:
All UMSL students who study abroad are required to attend pre-departure orientation. This session will cover registration and financial aid, credit transfer, travel, health and safety topics, culture shock, and much more. Details and location.
Some photos, text, and video courtesy of EM-Strasbourg.