Why Strasbourg ?

A Tradition of Excellence in Chemistry


Strasbourg has a long tradition of scientific excellence, in particularly in chemistry, built through the ages by renowned scientists such as Louis Pasteur, Charles Gerhardt and Nobel Laureates Adolf von Baeyer, Emil Fischer, Hermann Staudinger, Jean-Marie Lehn and more recently Martin Karplus (2013) and Jean-Pierre Sauvage (2016). The result is that Strasbourg has always been a center of excellence in molecular science, with its top-twenty worldwide ranking. The MSc and PhD students will benefit from this rich and stimulating environment.


Strasbourg, a great city to live in

Uniquely shaped by both French and German influences, Strasbourg continues to impact history and chemistry in ways befitting a much larger population. Containing the Notre-Dame-de-Strasbourg cathedral, Strasbourg’s storybook city centre lies entirely within a UNESCO World Heritage site. Despite containing the European Parliament and being listed as a top ten essential world tourist destination by Lonely Planet. The city is extremely student friendly, with over 42,000 students (8,000 foreign students), major parks, 500 km of bike paths and Paris only 1h50 away by train.

Living in Strasbourg remains relatively inexpensive

The costs of living will be far less than what is found at many other universities around the world, whether it is housing, food or entertainment.

The average cost of housing in Strasbourg is 250 to 500 EUR per month. Financial aid may cover some of the costs of living, offered through the French state assistance (CAF), called APL program. The amount of help is dependent upon factors which include the amount of income, the type of housing and the amount of rent that you are paying.

France's healthcare system provides some of the best public healthcare in the world. The French government offers a health care program, which reimburse partially the health costs (hospital, doctor, medication). All international students who will be in France are required to have health insurance.