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ESC: Global Leadership in Strasbourg, France (Summer) (Third Party)

The Program

A challenging and innovative summer study abroad program for the next generation of leaders. This program is run through the European Study Center in Strasbourg, France

This engaging and interactive 5 week summer study abroad program combines classroom instruction with high profile guest lectures, visits and excursions, as well as practical training elements in the area of goal finding, human rights, mediation, dispute resolution, social responsibility/peace building, and intercultural negotiation skills to prepare students for their future careers goals to become leaders in a globalized world. Students are meant to be co-creators of this summer program, not consumers.

Throughout the program, students will be motivated to step up and lead, question, engage, grow, commit, create community, and continue to develop as the unfolding leaders they would like to become. Attending class, being prepared and completing readings and assignments, and actively participating in class discussions and activities are not only expected, but essential for every student’s individual success and growth through participation in this program.

Make a positive impact on your future career this summer!

Education Abroad is offering two $1,200 GO Abroad scholarships for this program

The Academics

Earn 6 approved UConn credits in:

Intercultural Communication – Approved for UConn Credit COMM 4460 Cross-cultural Communication (3 credits)

This course provides students with the key concepts and theories surrounding intercultural communication.  In our interdependent world, students of all majors need the intercultural communication knowledge, skills, and sensitivities to be able to function as citizens and employees.  View syllabus:

Global Leadership – Approved for UConn Credit either MGMT 4893 Foreign Study: Global Leadership (3 credits) or SOCI 3991 Foreign Study: Global Leadership (3 credits)

This course examines what it means to be a global citizen leader in a complex and ever changing world. There are very few specific roadmaps to follow when it comes to your future careers, navigating relationships, and global issues that have impact across the world. Through this course, you will learn and apply skills that will help you become a proactive leader who can take action in the face of ambiguity. Building upon knowledge and skills you have already acquired in your undergraduate experience, you will examine the role of intercultural competence, systems thinking, and adaptive versus technical approaches as it relates to leadership.  View syllabus:

Guest Lectures

Topics include:

  • European Identity (or French/German Identity)
  • “Doing Business in France & Germany”
  • Euro-District – German/French Cross Economic Collaboration
  • Business development agencies in the Alsace (ADIRA) and in Germany (WRO Offenburg)
  • Current Human Rights issues
  • The EU Social Charter

Professional Excursions

  • Various visits to international companies – meetings and discussions with company executives on HR topics and e.g. social and corporate responsibility
  • European Union Parliament in Strasbourg
  • Council of Europe
  • Cultural visits in and around Strasbourg, including museums, castles, and a concentration camp
  • Full day excursion to Heidelberg or Frankfurt, Germany
France-Strasbourg, CEPA Summer Program, Course Equivalents 
General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution. For exact information, go to the navigation bar on the Education Abroad homepage; click on “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”. Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.
UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
COMM 4460 Cross-cultural Communication 3050 Intercultural Communication 3 6/30/2022
MGMT 4893 Global Leadership 3100 Global Leadership 3 6/30/2022
SOCI 3991 Foreign Study 3100 Global Leadership 3 6/30/2022

Strasbourg, which means the “City of Roads,” is a fascinating and exciting place for students to live and study abroad. A diverse, modern, and multicultural city with centuries of history, it is strategically located on the Rhine River, literally at the crossroads of Europe.

One of Europe’s largest cities, it is an important center for politics, culture, business, government, or just about anything else. Many universities have their roots in Strasbourg and many prestigious organizations such as the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, and the European Court of Human Rights have their headquarters here. It is a city with a rich tradition for education and history, with a significant importance to modern Europe.

The program includes:

  • Accommodations at the CEPA Study Center – Château de Pourtalès in twin rooms with shared bathrooms.
  • Breakfast daily at the study center
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Transportation for excursions included in the program
  • One group airport pick-up and transfer on arrival day
  • Public transportation pass
  • Excursions, special presentations, and guest speakers as described
  • Professional on-site support from study center staff
  • Extensive orientation and reflection sessions
  • Free use of wi-fi, laundry, and facilities at the Château



This program is offered by UConn’s partner, the European Study Center. Students will pay the ESC for most of the fees and UConn for other fees

European Study Center fee: $5,790 (see what is included in “the experience” tab)

UConn fees: see Budget Sheet.

Education Abroad is offering two $1,200 GO Abroad scholarships for this program.

The ESC offers scholarships (apply by March 1)

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/20/2018 02/27/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Management, Communication, Human Rights, Leadership
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: Yes Required GPA: 2.8