BCA Strasbourg, France

BCA Strasbourg, France

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 classes in regular university courses with French students. All BCA students will participate in the Integrative Cultural Project, a structured experiential project that explores global issues and local responses. 

While abroad, you can choose to become a language buddy with a Université de Strasbourg student, so you can polish your French and help other students with their English. You can 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!

Your BCA Strasbourg Resident Director will help you maximize your time by quickly connecting you the local culture. You will find yourself visiting cafes 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 city’s historic center, the Grand Île (Grand Island), being classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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.  

Subjects

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

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As the Capital of Europe, Brussels is the ideal place for students of varying interests and major areas of study to enrich their academic experience. There is so much to do and relish in this very relaxed and livable capital city that is fashionable, creative and fun! The city hosts a wide variety of clubs and pubs as well as an excellent music scene with numerous rock, jazz, world music, techno and even folk festivals.  Brussels is also the bilingual Capital of Belgium, with French and Dutch (Flemish) as official languages. It is a cosmopolitan city in which many different cultures live together and where different languages can be heard on each street.

Cultural Activities & Excursions
Live (and eat) like a local with the help of the BCA Brussels Resident Director, who takes you on a culinary tour of Belgium! Indulge in uniquely Belgian dishes such as mussels and frites, and of course waffles and chocolate, and learn about their cultural significance. Venture outside of Brussels with our RD as your guide as you explore other historically and culturally significant places in Belgium. Excursions outside of the city vary by semester, but in the past have included Ypres and the North Sea. 

Community Connections
Do your part and consider volunteering during your time in Brussels! Vesalius College works with Serve the City – an organization that assists community members in need through sports, music, arts, meals and friendship. Develop your expertise in European affairs by taking advantage of Brussels’ role as the “Capital of Europe” and attend lectures from important local and international leaders. You can also engage with the campus community by writing for the student newspaper, working for the student government and joining other clubs and athletic teams. Meanwhile, your host family will provide you with yet another prospective of Belgian life and culture.
 
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Vesalius College is a small school with a large population of international students representing more than 50 nationalities. Small class sizes and interactive learning environments allow faculty to challenge students to not only learn skills and knowledge important to their chosen careers, but also to think critically and develop themselves personally and as citizens of an increasingly multicultural and globalized world. Exciting internship opportunities allow you to set yourself apart and show future employers that you have experience working in a foreign country, have a global network and can balance academics as well as professional commitments. 

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BCA Cheltenham, England

Cheltenham is a small city of about 80,000 situated in the picturesque Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty, which annually attracts six million tourists from all over the world. Cheltenham is centrally located, and not far from much larger cities such as London (two hours), Birmingham (40 minutes), Bristol (40 minutes) and Oxford (40 minutes) with direct rail links to all.

Community Connections
Cheltenham is a cultural hub! The city hosts more than 40 festivals throughout each year, attracting top international professionals. During the fall literature festival, Cheltenham welcomes more than 600 of the world’s best writers, actors, politicians and poets. In the spring, the city premiers international jazz legends and rising artists. Cheltenham is also home to the famous horse race, “The Cheltenham Gold Cup.” During one week in March, this event attracts more than 200,000 people from around the world – turning the whole city into one big celebration. 

Cultural Activities & Excursions
Experience Cheltenham and England as a local with the help of your Resident Director, who was born and raised there. Journey with your RD to different local treasures, historic sites and famous landmarks, designed to enhance and deepen your understanding and appreciation of your new home. Excursions outside of the city vary by semester but in the past have included Bath, with its famous Roman bathhouses, the infamous Neolithic stone formation Stonehenge, and London, the capital of the UK and one of the most famous cities in the world. 

Academics
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