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  • Locations: Strasbourg, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:


What You Need to Know

Would you like to put your working knowledge of the French language to great use? SU Abroad offers internships in Strasbourg, France, for qualified students in language, business, politics, education, media, art, community service, etc.

Community Internship details:
  • Placements are made overseas by our on-site internship coordinator
  • Pre-Placement phone interviews & on-site placement interviews are required
  • Interns must be flexible about their internship placements
  • Interns should have an intermediate or advanced level of French, as most placements require a good working knowledge of the language
  • Internships may entail some research and investigative work
Students are supervised by their on-site supervisor, and have weekly meetings with the Madame Hardenberg, the SU Strasbourg Internship Coordinator.  Students must submit a final report.

This course can be combined with the Religion, Law, and Human Rights in a Comparative Perspective course or the French for Diplomacy course, both also run through the Strasbourg Center.

While in Strasbourg, students receive the full support and services of the SU Strasbourg Center and its five staff members.  The SU Center organizes 3 all-day excursions to local sites of interest, including the Black Forest (just over the border in Germany) and the impressive Haut Koenigsbourg castle in Alsace.  These trips are led by local SU staff and their cost is included in the program fee.  The SU Center also organizes and finances a weekly outing to a local market, followed by a picnic lunch with all the summer students and staff, as well as a farewell dinner for students and their supervisors.

Eligibility and Requirements

Participants must have the fundamental background and skills required in their area of interest, as extensive training is not possible. Nearly all placements require a good knowledge of French, i.e., the equivalent of four college semesters.

Applicants are required to submit a resume (in English) with a cover letter in French. The letter should indicate your internship preferences, objectives and motivations as well as your address, phone number and e-mail address. Madame Hardenberg will interview you by phone to determine your eligibility for an internship, and will then work closely with you to find the placement that best corresponds to your qualifications and interests.

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Travel and Living

Students arrange and pay for their own round-trip transatlantic flight to Strasbourg.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

You will be housed in private homes with hosts who provide 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners per week.  Students who accept longer internships (those that begin before the program begins or end after the program ends) will be charged an additional room and board fee.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change. SU Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.


Experience Credit
BUA/FRE/IPA/PSC 470/670, 3 Credits, Undergraduate/Graduate

This course provides internships in a wide range of organizations, businesses and professional sectors.

For most placements students should have experience in the field, and a good level of French.

You'll be expected to carry out the projects assigned by an on-site supervisor, and will meet on a weekly basis with your faculty sponsor, Madame Hardenberg. 

Students may be asked to start their internship before the program officially begins or stay after the program ends. Students who accept longer assignments will be billed by Syracuse University for extended living arrangements.

Students are required to keep a daily journal of their activities and to write a final report.  Final grades are based on the journal and report, the student’s presence on the internship site, and the evaluation of the on-site supervisor.

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.

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Mick Hardenberg is in charge of community internships and housing for the Syracuse University Strasbourg Center. She received her DEA in English from the Université de Strasbourg and her M.A. in French from the University of Houston Central Campus.  Feel free to contact Madame Hardenberg for further information:


 Program begins:  May 17, 2018 
 Program ends:  June 30, 2018 
 Application deadline:   February 10*

* Applications received after February 10 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


 UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $3,603 (2017 rate) 
 Program Fee  $2,000 (estimated)
 Total  $5,603 (estimated)
 GRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $4,500 (2017 rate)
 Program Fee   $2,000 (estimated)
 Total  $6,500 (estimated)

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change. 

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: $1,400
Books & Supplies: $50
Personal: $500
Lunches and other meals: $700

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.


For questions on the application, please contact:
Kelsey Hanbach, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.