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University of Strasbourg


Located near the border of Germany, the beautiful city of Strasbourg, France is the home to the University of Strasbourg where Messiah students can spend a semester or a year experiencing French language and culture. This program is designed for students with four semesters of college-level French.  Classes are taught in French and students live with local host families or in university dorms.  Because of its location on the Rhine River close to Germany, students can easily explore nearby countries.  The program includes field trips to cultural and historical landmarks like World War I battlefields, the Council of Europe, concentration camps, and the Grand Seminaire.  Immersion in French culture is the best way to reach language fluency!


An internship program is available for students who are interested in an international field experience.

BCA offers students, who are seriously interested in enriching their college experiences, an opportunity to enhance their curriculum with a semester or year of study abroad. Programs in China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Mexico, and Spain give students a wide range of options.


Program Advisor
Prof. Lois Beck Boyer 156, 717.776.2511 Ext. 6740

Goals and Objectives
BCA attempts to integrate American students into an overseas university, allowing them to broaden their horizons, to experience different cultures, and to practice speaking another modern language.

Students must have two full years of college (completed 57credits) and must have a 3.0 GPA or higher to qualify. Recommendations are a large part of the application process. Students must complete at least four semesters of college-level French before participating (six semesters are required for students participating in the internship program).

Students are required to attend all Messiah-run pre-departure orientation sessions the semester before studying abroad as well as half-day reentry retreat upon returning to campus the following semester.

Credits / Grades
The 15 or 16 credits students earn each semester may meet some general education or major requirements. Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades. Please refer to the grade conversion scale.

Students will meet their third language/cross-cultural requirement by participating in this program. Students will not earn 3 credits, rather the requirement will be waived.

BCA Summer Programs
Students may also participate in 3- to 6-credit options in the summer in any of the Messiah-approved locations. However, students will NOT receive the cross cultural waiver. Messiah will pass through costs for BCA summer programs; airfare is not included. Click here to learn more about these options.

Costs: 2012 - 2013 $19,820, plus $250 deposit

Fee covers tuition, housing, meals, *round-trip airfare for the group flight, educational excursions, pre-departure, and re-entry orientation. Note: additional fees stdents may encounter include (but are not limited to) local transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees. 


For comparison, a typical semester in Grantham for 2012-2013 is $19,110.


Note: *Once flights are booked, students are responsible for the cost of the flight if they cannot participate for any reason, including visa issues.  Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the jumping off point in the United States.


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“I learned a lot of French language and about the French culture. There are so many stereotypes about the French and it was interesting to learn where those stereotypes came from and what the truth is.”

--Emily Strait


To learn more about BCA program in Strasbourg, France, check out:

Bullet BCA Home Office
CampusFrance Instructions
CIA: World Fact Book: France
European Union: A Guide for Americans
"The Tocqueville Connection"



Application Deadlines

A $50 application fee must accompany your application. Fall Semester: April 15
Spring Semester: October 15

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