Strasbourg Study Abroad Program
THE CITY OF STRASBOURG
• Great tram system that goes throughout the city
• Multiple internet cafes.
• Plenty of Restaurants and Cafes
• ATM right at the end of the street the Foyer is on
• Post Office located at the Cathedral Square
Other General Info About Strasbourg
• Using a debit card is the best way to go. You can get cash when you need it, but not so much that you have to worry about carrying it around. The ATM is so close to the Foyer, it makes it easy.
• Pay Phones all use phone cards. You can get these at any gift shop around the Cathedral, or any number of other little shops and stands around the city.
• In general, the people in Strasbourg speak English in addition to French, German, and the native Alsatian.
• The Post Office did not have English speakers, so be prepared.
• Note: You cannot ship wine from France to the United States. If you want more room in your suitcase, either bring a squishy bag that you can pack for your return visit or ship your books/clothes back home.
• In general, the people are friendly. Remember that when you are out, you represent the U.S. You are not required to know French for the program, but attempting the basics can gain some respect for you with the locals.
• Your tuition includes breakfast and dinner on weekdays. If you stay over the weekend, you will need to pay the Foyer for meals, eat out, or buy food from the supermarket. Make sure to buy food early Saturday as most stores close early on Saturday and are usually closed completely on Sunday.
• If you're in a hurry, don't go to a restaurant, because Europeans take their time. For a speedier bite to eat, there are plenty of cafes or food stands around.
• Tipping. You will see that your bill at a restaurant will likely have a % added at the end. That is essentially the tip, but feel free to leave about 5% more at restaurants. People generally leave a small amount extra at cafes, no more than a Euro or two. If you take a taxi, it is appropriate to tip 1 to 3 Euro depending on how far you've gone.
• European electrical outlets are 220 volts (240 volts in Britain and Ireland ), which will fry any 110 volt US appliance. Anything you plug in needs to have a converter (to reduce voltage) and an adapter (to fit the plug).