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Etudiants en échange

Settling in Strasbourg (5 points)

Studying abroad requires rigorous organisation. The list below will help you not only to prepare for your trip to Strasbourg but also to know what to expect when you arrive.

1. Estimate your budget

During your studies in France, you will need to have sufficient funds to meet your needs. French law requires a minimum income of €430 per month for all non-French students. This amount only covers bare necessities. Caution! The first month is often financially difficult!

This €430 amount will doubtless not be enough to cover all of your spending. We estimate that on average you will need €550 a month, however this estimate does not take into account the spending required during the first month spent in France. This is because you may need to spend up to €2,000 the first month to move into accommodation, cover university dues, possibly join the Social Security system and take out utility subscriptions (electricity, telephone), etc.

> Budget requirements
First month :
  • Rent: first month rent + deposit: 350 to 1500 Euros depending on type of housing booked.
  • Student enrolment in social security (for non EU students) : 200 Euros
  • Electricity connection : 50 Euros
  • Telephone hookup: 90 Euros

For the following months, estimate :
  • Rent and related charges (student residence/private studio) : 160/500 Euros
  • Electricity : 30/40 Euros (only in private rentals)
  • Telephone /internet: 30/40 Euros
  • Food and daily expenses : 200 to 300 Euros
  • Public transportation monthly pass : 22 Euros

  • Average monthly budget : 460/900€.

2. Find accommodation

> Electricity:
In France, the mains power voltage is 220V. Be sure to bring along a converter for power outlets and voltage, if necessary.

> Family benefits (Caisse d'Allocations Familiales - CAF) / Housing benefit:
When you apply for your visa, check whether it states "dispense temporaire d'une carte de séjour" meaning that you do not need a Residence Permit. France's Caisse d'Allocations Familiales - CAF family benefits body that provides financial assistance to students with housing benefits does not recognise this type of visa and consequently will not grant any housing benefits in this case.

> Accommodation at university residence halls (Cités Universitaires)

WARNING: applications will be accepted starting November 12th at midnight, French time, GMT+1, (this means the night of November 11th to November 12th). Any application received before that date will not be taken into consideration.
The rooms will be granted on a first come first serve basis. A response will be sent to you at the end of the application period.


3. Student scholarships from the French government

The number of scholarships available to non-French students wishing to study in France is limited. The only kind of generic scholarship offered by the French government is granted by the cultural cooperation departments at French embassies and consulates (sometimes also linked to CampusFrance or the local Alliance Française). The criteria used to grant scholarships are defined locally through bilateral agreements. Please contact the French authorities closest to your location for further information.

Beware! Applications for French government scholarships must often be submitted to the relevant authorities in November for the following academic year.
Other scholarships may be offered by your home country or by the European Union. Please check with the scholarship office or international department at your university for more information. Scholarship amounts are very variable and will probably not be enough to cover all of the costs of your stay in another country. Before you leave, always ensure that your financial situation is comfortable enough for a relaxed stay.

4. Organise your journey

Update your diary and record all of the key dates during your stay.
Check out the course calendar for The EM Strasbourg Business School to find out when you start classes, take vacations, sit exams, etc. Don't forget that you must attend the orientation organised by the School especially for you.

> Weather in Strasbourg
With a continental Europe location, Strasbourg has a contrasting climate: -5C to 0C in winter (but seldom dropping below -10C), and 22C to 30C in summer (occasionally exceeding 30C). Winters seldom see snowfall whereas summers are often hot with thunderstorms. There is less rainfall than in Paris.

Bring along the right clothes for your period of stay in Strasbourg. Don't forget the freshers' weekend at the beginning of the semester. The (surprise) destination is often a seaside one, so bring a towel and swimsuit! With January comes a week of skiing in the French Alps (bring an anorak, heavy shoes and woollens)! Contact the Student Union (BDE or Bureau des Etudiants) at the Junior EM Strasbourg Business School to take part in these activities.

5. Come to Strasbourg!

> By train - Since 2007, the TGV France's High Speed Train has reached Strasbourg!
A fast, reliable and cheap means of transport, the TGV brings you to Strasbourg from Paris and the rest of France, as well as from Germany or Switzerland.

Additionally, some of the Paris-Strasbourg trains continue on to Germany and Switzerland, so that from Strasbourg there are:
  • Four round trips a day to Stuttgart in 90 minutes (via Karlsruhe in 40 minutes), two of which go on to Munich in 3 hours and 40 minutes,
  • Three round trips to Zürich in 2 hours and 10 minutes.

By train from Belgium
Direct trains between Strasbourg and Brussels ensure easy access to Alsace via Luxembourg. There are approximately two trains a day, and the travel time is 4:30 to 5 hours.

By train from Switzerland
There are some twenty trains a day between Basel and Mulhouse, that run every half hour between 9 am and 6 pm. Travel time is approximately 3 and a half hours.

Daily non-stop trains link Strasbourg to the following cities:
Lyon (5 hrs) - Montpellier (10 hrs) - Nice (11:50 hrs) - Stuttgart (2 hrs) - Frankfurt (3 hrs) - Vienna (9:30 hrs) - Milan (7 hrs).

If you fly to France via Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport and wish to travel to Strasbourg by train: On arrival at Roissy-CDG, take RER B direction Paris to the "Châtelet les Halles" station. Then take Metro Line 4 direction "Porte de Clignancourt" to the "Gare de l'Est" station. Trains for Strasbourg always leave from Paris Gare de l'Est train station.

> By air
Strasbourg airport offers services to and from many European cities.
You can also fly into Frankfurt or Zurich airports which have coach services to Strasbourg. Check ahead for schedule information.

> By car
Thanks to its geographic location, Strasbourg is easy to reach by car from most continental European countries. Coming from:
  • Germany: From Frankfurt, take Autobahn A5 towards 'Karlsruhe-Basel' and take the B28 exit towards 'Kehl-Strasbourg'. From Stuttgart, Nuremberg, take Autobahn A8 or A6 to Karlsruhe (A8) or Bruchsal (A6) then take Autobahn A5 towards 'Freiburg-Basel'.
  • Belgium (Liege): Take E411/A4 towards Luxembourg then E25 towards Strasbourg.
  • Italy (Chiasso): Take Motorway A2 towards Luzern-Basel, then A35 towards Strasbourg.
  • Great Britain (Calais): Take Motorway A26 towards St-Quentin-Reims, then A4 towards Strasbourg.

> On arrival in Strasbourg
If you wish, students from the BDI (Bureau de l'International-International Association): A student association that welcomes non-French students to The EM Strasbourg Business School), can come and meet you at Strasbourg railway station (in the Arrivals Hall) or at Strasbourg-Entzheim airport. Please contact them directly and don't forget to tell them precisely where (railway station, airport) and when (precise date and time) you expect to arrive.

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