Why Strasbourg ?

A Tradition of Excellence in Chemistry


Strasbourg has a long tradition of scientific excellence, 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, and more recently Jean-Marie Lehn (1987) 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 city. 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 it is 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 cost of living is less compared to many other leading universities around the world, whether for housing, food or entertainment.

The typical cost of student housing in Strasbourg ranges from 250 to 500 EUR per month. Additional financial aid may be obtained to help with costs of living through the French state assistance program, called APL. 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. It offers a healthcare program which reimburses most of the the health care costs (hospital, doctor, medication). All enrolled students are covered by insurance.