Signature Courses at UIW-Strasbourg

UIW-Strasbourg offers two specially designed courses taught in English at the Château by professors from the University of Strasbourg, a UIW partner.

Language of instruction: English

Course load: Students in all academic tracks are highly encouraged to take courses at UIW-Strasbourg in addition to their regular courses at our partner institution, University of Strasbourg.

  • The European Union and Contemporary European Affairs

    GOVT 1000/3000/3350 The European Union and Contemporary European Affairs

    (45 hours = 3 U.S. semester credits)

    Description: This course is an introduction to the European integration process which is creating “an ever-closer Union among the peoples of Europe”. The course will focus on three questions: Who are the main European actors? How is the European Union working? What is the European Union doing? In this perspective, the course will present the European Union compared to the Council of Europe and the Federal States. Then, the institutional system of the EU will be examined, that main: the interest of the treaty and the EU legal framework and the present decision-making process. Finally, the European citizenship will be studied, and the difficulties of the last enlargement will be discussed. Throughout the course, the United States and the American International Organizations (NAFTA and OAS) will be used as comparative referents.

    Hours: 35 classroom hours + 10 hours for participation in course-related excursions, field trips and guest lectures scheduled throughout the semester.

  • European Identity and Cross-Cultural Communication

    CLST 1000/3000 European Identity and Cross-Cultural Communication

    (45 hours - 3 U.S. semester credits)

    Description: Students will learn about the European idea and the different approaches to European Integration. The course brings together all of the experiential learning components of the program (e.g., excursions, professional visits, guest lectures, etc.).

    Hours: 29 classroom hours + 6 hours “Castle Talks” International Symposium + 10 hours for participation in course-related excursions, field trips and guest lectures scheduled throughout the semester.

International Career Seminar

(3 sessions of 1 hour each, not for credit)

Language of instruction: English

Course load: Students in all academic tracks are highly encouraged to take part in the International Career Seminar during their semester in Strasbourg.

Description: This seminar is designed for students to develop their professional, academic and personal skills during their study abroad program. The seminar is specifically designed to meet students where they are and guide them into a deeper reflection. The seminar will help our students put their understanding into context and prepare for their future personal and professional lives. Students and on-site team will meet regularly during the students’ study abroad experience. Students will participate in a number of cultural excursions, a service learning opportunity, business visits, an international symposium, a number of reflective discussions and engage in career development activities.