EM Strasbourg Business School is the only business school in France to be part of an internationally-recognized university, as opposed to being a stand-alone business school. EM Strasbourg Business School's core focus is the dissemination of management knowledge, know-how and skills. This is transmitted via diverse channels, including courses provided by expert faculty and staff. EM Strasbourg educates students in an international environment to be effective and globally aware business managers, while instilling the three core values of diversity, sustainable development, and ethics.
EM Strasbourg operates under the umbrella of the renowned University of Strasbourg. The University of Strasbourg is the second largest university in France (after Aix-Marseille University), with about 46,000 students and over 4,000 researchers. There are 2,600 students in the business school.
EM Strasbourg is one of the elite Grandes Ecoles in France, ranking in the top 15 business schools in the nation.
Situated about 300 miles southeast of Paris and tucked in the elbow of northwest France, Strasbourg ping-ponged between Germany and France for centuries. Today this capital of wine-growing Alsace blends Teutonic might with a cosmopolitan flair. With the majestic gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame and its astronomical clock, the maze of cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and the poetic canals of La Petite France, this UNESCO World Heritage Site on the River Ill weaves fairy-tale charm with the European Parliament’s political clout.
Strasbourg is the official seat of the EU Parliament and many other EU institutions. Its location and political importance has earned it the nicknames “Capital of Europe” and "The Crossroads of Europe."
Strasbourg has second largest railway station in France offering a wide range of train connections with other parts of the country, as well as with Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands and other European countries. From Strasbourg, it is only a couple of hours by train to Stuttgart in Germany, or to Switzerland’s festival capital of Basel. Direct trains travel daily from Strasbourg to Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Marseille, Lyon and, of course, Paris.
International students represent 20 percent of the student population at the University of Strasbourg. Each year, students from over 150 countries come to study with at the University. A large number of international student associations are active within EM Strasbourg School of Business, notably the International Student Association (Bureau de l’international BDI), which plays an active role in welcoming exchange students and helping them integrate into life on campus. In addition, every year EM Strasbourg Business School organizes a number of events for international students, such as the International Student Fair Planet EM and an international football match, as well as numerous outings such as the visit of the European Parliament, vineyard visits or the visit of the Strasbourg Christmas Market. Moreover, the Asian mid-autumn festival is celebrated every September in honor of the school's significant Asian student population.
The University of Strasbourg's student clubs and societies, led by student volunteers, are an active part of university life. The University's 150 student associations offer a wide range of services to students, organize social events, cultural and sporting activities, and community team work. Whether you want to get together with fellow students from your course or make friends with people sharing the same interests, you will find an association to join!
EM Strasbourg follows a calendar similar to the U.S. academic calendar. The Fall semester runs from September to December. The Spring semester runs from January to April.
Ranking and Rigor
Past participants report that classes at EM Strasbourg are typically moderately less difficult than classes at Tulane.
On this exchange program, students directly enroll in courses in English, French or German with local students and other international exchange students. All courses are taught by EM Strasbourg faculty.
The program at EM Strasbourg also offers students the opportunity to enroll in French language classes at the beginner, intermediate or advanced level. Language classes are free-of-charge and credit-bearing.
Once you arrive at EM Strasbourg Business School and you complete your administrative registration and receive your student card, you will be able to register for courses. EM Strasbourg will indicate the date and time when the course registrations will open during the Orientation week. You will need to register for courses online, on the EM Strasbourg student portal, the Intranet. Further details about the course registration procedure will be circulated closer to the time.
Past participants say registration at EM Strasbourg can be confusing and frustrating. They recommend you visit the international office if you are having problems with registration.
Every teacher at EM Strasbourg is a little different in their teaching and assessment methods. Generally speaking, however, Freeman students at EM Strasbourg can expect to experience a more European style of teaching and learning. In comparison to the U.S. style, the European approach is less structured and not so student-centered. Relationships with professors are usually more formal. Student-professor interaction is typically limited. Classes usually meet once per week for three hours each. Lectures are the most common teaching style. Participation may or may not be required. There are few homework assignments. Rather, students are expected to be self-disciplined and stay on top of reading assignments. Textbooks aren't frequently used. Course materials are typically printed handouts or just notes from class.
Classes typically meet once per week for 3 or 4 hours. This may take some getting used to. It is can be hard for some Tulane students to sit and concentrate for a long period of time but most teachers gave a 10-15 min break halfway through the class.
Grades are based on a comprehensive final exam at the end of the course.
Freeman students at EM Strasbourg have the opportunity to experience a very different style of teaching and learning. As one past study abroad participant put it, "I didn't go abroad to experience what I already know, I went abroad to experience something different."
One final examination at the end of the course is the most common form of student learning assessment at EM Strasbourg. One past participant shared, "The workload throughout the semester is not difficult but all the studying comes at the end."
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
In France, grades can go from 0 to 20, with 20 being the highest grade. Yet, most teachers do not use the full scale. A grade 18, therefore, is probably the highest grade a student can expect. This is considered excellent. To validate or pass a course, one must receive at least 10 out of 20. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at EM Strasbourg. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.
Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.
Requirements for Courses Taught in French or German
If you wish to take business courses taught in French or German with local students, you must have an advanced intermediate command of the language.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Study Abroad & Exchange advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; completion of 3010s; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Please see the EM Strasbourg's Factsheet for more information. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
Some countries (e.g., Australia, France, Hong Kong, Switzerland) require that students participating in study abroad programs purchase local health insurance in that country. Students are responsible for purchasing this insurance if it is a requirement for the country where they will be studying. The estimated cost is included in the budget sheet.
EM Strasbourg is granted a limited number of rooms for visiting students in the university dorms. Therefore, the allocation of these rooms to students works on a first come, first served basis. However, as it is more difficult to rent a studio or an apartment for only one semester, EM Strasbourg will give priority to students studying for one semester only. Students can apply via the EM Strasbourg Business School’s on-line application procedure. Past participants say the dormitory facilities are "not heavily used or cleaned" but dorms are convenient for "location and comfort." If you wish to live in a dorm, you should apply as soon as the application opens.
Private Student Residences
These are privately owned and managed student residencies. They may offer a higher level of comfort than university residencies; however, they are also more expensive. EM Strasbourg provides students with a list of private residences. Students interested in staying in one of these residencies should contact them directly, independently of the EM Strasbourg Business School. EM Strasbourg is not responsible for private housing arrangements. They only provide assistance for those students looking for housing outside of the university setting. More information can be found in the EM Strasbourg Housing Guide.
Past participants recommended living anywhere near the university or downtown. Strasbourg is relatively small and the public transportation is good so any area is accessible. Past participants do not recommend Robertsau.
Students also have the option to seek out independent housing should they choose. Students may rent a room, studio or an apartment privately by responding to advertisements on housing websites or on the Housing Anywhere website. EM Strasbourg also collects and forwards information on available rooms/apartments/co-shares as such information reaches the international office. Please note, however, that applications for private housing are made by the students.
EM Strasbourg sends a list to arriving students of EM Strasbourg students who would like to share an apartment with international students. This is a nice option for incoming exchange students, since past participants say "living alone in an apartment can be lonely."