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Strasbourg Center & Music Performance

Offered spring semester only, the Strasbourg Music Performance program is your gateway into Europe's vital and diverse musical life. Advanced music students combine courses in English at the SU Center with study at the Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg, one of the most prestigious conservatories in France. Students take lessons on their principal instrument and may participate in an orchestra or ensemble group at the Conservatoire, with the opportunity to gain performance experience in Europe through end-of-semester concerts.

Program Details

  • Open to students in the fourth semester of a Bachelor of Music or B.A. in Music degree program.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Open to visiting students
  • Credit hours: 12-19
  • No language prerequisite, however, students are strongly advised to have some familiarity with the French language before arriving in Strasbourg, as few of the Conservatoire instructors speak English.
  • Acceptance into the program is dependent upon favorable review of an audition tape or CD by faculty of Syracuse University's Setnor School of Music and the Conservatoire in addition to the academic record and music faculty recommendation. The review process also considers the need to have a range of instruments represented in the program. Audition CDs should be up to 15 minutes long with movements from three pieces of varying styles from three different historical periods, including at least one modern/20th century or contemporary/last ten years. Consider pieces that show your best abilities, with one demonstrating technical playing and another being lyrical.


Eligible students must be prepared to take the required music theory courses – Chromatic Harmony II, Ear Training IV – and applied instruction on their principal instrument.

Students enroll in a course on world music, taught in English. Other classes are taken at the SU Strasbourg Center and include required study in music theory and French language. You may also take an elective course in art history, history, economics, political science, philosophy, or communications.

Care is taken to balance the demanding Conservatoire activities with the need to attend concerts and experience life in Europe. You arrive in France with the other Strasbourg students and spend your first three days exploring Paris before traveling to Strasbourg with the SU music professor to begin studies at the Conservatoire. During the semester there are opportunities to join with other SU program students in all-school field trips to destinations such as the Vosges Mountains and the Black Forest.

Program Overview

Program dates are early January to the end of May. The Conservatoire's academic year ends in mid-June, with final performances scheduled in the last half of May and first week of June. Students participating in music groups with performance dates in June must remain in Strasbourg for these performances and pay for additional housing and meal expenses.

Signature Seminar

Students in the Music Performance program do not enroll in the same Signature Seminar as the rest of the SU Strasbourg students. Instead, in April, when the Conservatoire has its spring vacation, you will participate in a week-long seminar to such musical centers as Berlin, Leipzig, and Prague.


During your semester in Strasbourg, you will live with French hosts, either within the city of Strasbourg or in the immediate outskirts on a bus or tram line. Living with a host family allows you to use the French you’ve learned in class and develop insights into French culture and daily life. Hosts vary from families to single professionals. Continental breakfasts are provided by the host family every day, and evening meals are provided weekdays. For the midday meal, students will usually eat at cafés or student restaurants.

Our housing coordinator in Strasbourg makes the placements based on extensive experience with each host, many of whom have welcomed students into their homes for a decade or more. Host families are much-loved by alumni, and often become second famiies to students after they leave.

Program Cost

The cost of the SU Strasbourg program includes SU tuition and a program fee. Financial aid is available. For a complete breakdown of costs, we have prepared a budget sheet (Strasbourg Planning Budget 2017-18.pdf) for students and their families. The academic calendars at foreign universities may differ from the SU Center academic calendar and may require additional housing days based on the student's registration. This billing may occur after the program has begun.

Hear from SU Strasbourg Alumni!

Talk to our SU Strasbourg global ambassadors if you have any questions about the program - they are students who have just recently returned from a semester in Strasbourg. You can also check out our program reviews on


Caitlin Jarvis, admissions counselor for SU Strasbourg:

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/09/2018 05/25/2018
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change. Students in ensembles with performance dates after program end date must stay until the concert.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.