Students walking through Strasbourg historic buildings

Study Abroad in France

Study with Centre faculty and students in Strasbourg or among French students through a language immersion program in Nantes.

The Centre-in-Strasbourg program is led by Centre faculty and explores subjects of French culture, language, government, and social climate. Strasbourg is known as the “crossroads of Europe” for its central location, and is home to an ancient Gothic cathedral, European Parliament, Council of Europe, and Court of Human Rights.

The Université de Nantes program in Nantes is a collaborative program with Sewanee and the Institute for the International Education of Students’ Nantes-French Language Immersion & Area Studies Program. This program is a more in-depth French language experience with students living and learning among French students.

Please go to the European Union ETIAS landing page for information about a new travel authorization requirement for all U.S. citizens traveling to EU countries. This NPR article explains the ins and outs of this new requirement set to begin January 1, 2024.

Students walking with professor in Strasbourg

Program Option


Located across the Rhine River from Germany, Strasbourg is about two hours from Paris, and one hour from Switzerland. Centre rents fully furnished apartments conveniently located near the Centre office and classroom. Homestays with local families are also an option for students with advanced language skills.

Nantes, France

Program Option


Improve your French language skills while studying and exploring all that Nantes has to offer. Located in northwestern France, this beautiful bike-friendly city is home to delicious food, rich culture, and the Université de Nantes where students study.

Courses and Cost

The 2024-2025 program will be directed by Dr. Mark Rasmussen, Professor of English. Dr. Rasmussen has taught at Centre since 1989, and has directed the Strasbourg program on four previous occasions.

Strasbourg program details

Mandatory Classes

  • All students must take a French Class at the appropriate Level
  • Humanities 266 - Museums and European Culture Taught by  Dr. Mark Rasmussen, this course will count toward EI, Arts & Humanities Exploration.*

Students must also enroll in TWO of the following courses:

  • African and African American Studies 260 - France’s Relations with African Countries Taught by Dr. Thaddée Nthinyuzwa, this course will count toward D, Difference, Equity, and Inclusion.*
  • English 235 - French Masterworks in Translation Taught by Dr. Mark Rasmussen, this course will count toward EI, Arts & Humanities Exploration.*
  • Politics 461 - The Construction of Europe Taught by Yoav Shemer, this course will count toward EII, Social Studies Exploration.*

* Please note that all General Education tags await Curriculum Committee approval this spring.

Classroom Facilities in Strasbourg

The classroom area is located near the University of Strasbourg, a short walk from the main cathedral. It includes classrooms and an office, small library and study area.

This program is run in collaboration with Sewanee: The University of the South. Course and programmatic details can be found online.

Faculty advisor for this program is: Dr. Allison Connolly.

The estimated cost for each program is the same as studying in Danville, plus a $375 deposit (surcharge/emergency fund/carbon offset), and a $25 travel medicine fee for a total of $400. Flights to the abroad site are also the responsibility of the student.