BCA Strasbourg, France

BCA Strasbourg, France

WHY BCA STRASBOURG
• Challenge yourself to strengthen your French language skills by enrolling at a university in northeastern France with fewer study abroad students than you will find in larger cities. Strasbourg is a great place for language learning because you’re unlikely to hear English spoken in your daily interactions.
• Gain an increased understanding of the local culture, meaningful interactions with local people and field experience in a variety of disciplines such as education, social services, health care or the arts through the required Integrative Cultural Project. 
• Live and study at the crossroads of Europe. Strasbourg is home to the European Parliament and is conveniently located near Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium. It offers unique opportunities for language learners and students of business, international relations and European studies.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Your BCA Strasbourg Resident Director will help you maximize your time by quickly connecting you to the local culture. You will find yourself visiting cafés and walking down streets that look much as they did 200 years ago. Together with your RD, you will delve into the history of Strasbourg that led to the classification of the city’s historic center, the Grand Île (Grand Island), as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As part of the BCA signature excursion you will travel to Paris to walk along the River Seine and learn about the art, food, architecture and culture of the City of Light.

ACADEMICS
The Université de Strasbourg is the second-largest university in France with more than 46,000 students and 4,000 researchers. You’ll study primarily in the Université de Strasbourg L’Institut International d’Etudes Françaises (IIEF) and Institut des Études Politiques (IEP). BCA has two separate academic tracks available for intermediate and advanced French students. Intermediate language students study at IIEF and take language and elective courses. Advanced language students can take regular university courses with French students. All BCA students will participate in the Integrative Cultural Project designed to create a structured hands-on learning experience that reflects each students academic, career or extracurricular interests.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
While in France, you can choose to become a language buddy with a Université de Strasbourg student, so you can improve your French and help other students with their English. You can also connect with local students through the more than 75 clubs available at the university. Additionally, your host family will show you around the city, introduce you to local cuisine, take you to festivals and events, share family customs and celebrations, and help you perfect your French!

Subjects

  • European Studies
  • History
  • Literature
  • Political Science
  • French
  • French Language Literature And Studies
  • French History & Culture
  • International Relations

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BCA Vienna, Austria [Summer]

WHY VIENNA
• Dive into your German language studies with courses offered at beginning, intermediate or advanced levels!
• Acquaint yourself with the central hub of Southeast Europe. Did you know that Sigmund Freud, Gustav Klimt and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart called Vienna their home? And that Vienna is home to organizations such as the United Nations, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders and the World Peace Council?
• Decide to study in a UNESCO World Heritage city that has consistently been ranked among the world’s top five cities for quality of living for the last 15 years and, in recent years, has topped the list.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Possible BCA excursions and cultural activities…
• Historical and Cultural Highlights of Vienna: Visit the important museums, castles and buildings of Vienna to understand the rich heritage of the Viennese.
• United Nations Headquarters: Take advantage of being in an international hub by touring the United Nations to learn about the work it does in Vienna and across the world.
• Bratislava, Slovakia: Take a day trip to neighboring Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava, to help you better understand its relations with Vienna, both past and present.

ACADEMICS
IKI Vienna hosts students from all over the world interested in improving their German. Class sizes are small, so that you’ll have the best opportunity to strengthen your language skills. Prior to your departure, you’ll take a language placement test to determine your German proficiency and ensure you’re placed in a class that challenges you. Professors emphasize speaking, reading, writing and communication skills with efforts placed on fine-tuning grammar and vocabulary. You will also take a BCA history course focused on Vienna as a geographical, political, cultural, and artistic crossroads at the heart of Europe and uses the city itself as a classroom.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
Discuss current world events with your international classmates at Internationales Kulturinstitut Wien (IKI) in Vienna. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in a café with a group of friends from Italy, Brazil, Syria, China, Croatia, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Japan and Egypt. IKI Vienna is located in Vienna’s historic First District, so you’ll have easy access to a variety of leisure and cultural activities such as open-air film shows, museums, opera houses and cooking and dancing classes.

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BCA Marburg, Germany

WHY BCA MARBURG
• Spend the semester studying abroad in two countries! You will start in Vienna, Austria for an eight-week course focusing on developing your German language skills. Then transition to Marburg, Germany to enroll in courses with local students at Philipps-Universität, a renowned research and teaching university founded nearly five centuries ago. 
• Apply to live in Marburg’s Schloss Castle, which rests atop a hill that overlooks the city, with a community of local students. Practice your German language as you share meals, games of billiards and celebrations.
• Tailor your experience to your interests and needs by taking advantage of opportunities such as an education internship, joining the Lahn Model UN program or taking courses at the Center for Conflict Studies.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Your BCA Marburg Resident Director will meet you in Vienna to orient you to the city and connect you to the many cultural events and activities available. In Marburg, your RD will be there to show you all the local landmarks and cultural hotspots. Together you will also visit other locations in the area. The BCA excursion may vary by semester, but in the past included a weekend excursion to the cities of Salzburg, Austria and Frankfurt, Germany to take in the Alpine scenery, spend an evening at the Opera and experience the difference between the thick but melodic Austrian German dialect and the quick but nevertheless relatively easy to understand variant of German spoken in Hesse.

ACADEMICS
In Vienna, you’ll attend Internationales Kulturinstitut Wien (IKI) for eight weeks with students from all over the world focused on improving their German language skills. In Marburg, you’ll enroll at Philipps-Universität, an internationally renowned institution with a variety of course offerings across many departments, including life sciences, Middle East studies, psychology and geography. If you have an advanced level of German, you can take Philipps and BCA courses taught entirely in German. If your German is not as advanced, you can take BCA courses designed for our students and choose from select courses taught in English at Philipps.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
In addition to meeting students through your courses and housing, you can get to know local students by joining a club sports team or one of the many student organizations. Many students have also pursued their passion for music by becoming involved in the rich music scenes of Vienna and Marburg. Past students have even been able to play with local orchestras!  You can also volunteer at local social service agencies such as a refugee center, a senior assistance agency or a hospital to connect with local organizations.

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