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Strasbourg Study Abroad Program

Suggested Packing List

There are plenty of places to shop for necessities in Strasbourg, and most of the brands are the same and recognizable. They are more expensive in Europe though, so be mindful that if you choose to purchase all your toiletries there you will spend more money on them. If you decide to buy everything when you get there, make sure to bring a supply for the first couple days. An additional advantage to bringing toiletries with you is that the space and weight they take up on the way over can be replaced with souvenirs on the way back.

Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Deodorant

Clothes

  • Because the group will interact with a large number of dignitaries in a professional environment, please come prepared with at least one nice outfit, preferably a suit if possible.
  • Men, please bring a pair of dress shoes. If you cannot bring a suit, please have at least a button down shirt, tie, and slacks. Do try to bring a suit however, since all of the visiting dignitaries and most of the students will be wearing them.
  • Ladies, if you like variety, you might want to consider two nice outfits. If you cannot bring a suit, please have a professional dress or skirt/top outfit. Do try to bring a suit however, since all the visiting dignitaries and most of the students will be wearing them.
  • Underwear (it may sound silly, but folks forget these!)
  • Socks
  • Shoes - Good walking shoes, flip-flops/sandals for relaxing, dress shoes (dress shoes that are also good for walking are ideal).
  • Pants/Slacks - Jeans, slacks, capris, and/or shorts. Please note, short-shorts on women are not considered appropriate attire in French culture.
  • Sweatshirt (for cool evenings or travel) or a sweater or a light jacket that is also water proof.

Passport

  • Check to see if any visas are required for the countries you wish to visit.
  • EU countries don't require a Visa for US Citizens

Other items

  • Make sure to bring a large memory card for your camera so you can take as many pictures as you would like.  Many students used their i-Phones for pictures and the photos turned out fantastic.
  • A USB port that attaches to a camera memory card reader so you can download pictures while in Europe.
  • Batteries (or battery charger). It is a good idea to bring some batteries with you so you are able to take pictures as soon as you arrive in Europe, however you are able to purchase batteries in Europe that work in U.S. cameras. Just make sure you get the alkaline ones and not the batteries that are made with Zinc.
  • Electrical adapter and / or converter for European outlets. These can purchase at any electronic store and some home stores.
  • Any medicines you may need.
  • Aspirin, allergy, etc.
  • Earplugs

Laptop

  • You do not have to bring a computer. It is convenient for downloading pictures and accessing email. The Foyer does have wireless internet, but do not expect it to be as fast as you are used to in the U.S.
  • There is a computer lab at the Foyer; however, these computers may or may not work.  Printing can be done at local Internet Cafe's.

Clothesline

  • Some people brought a clothes line and hand washed their clothes in the tub in their room and line dried them. This is the cheapest way to do laundry, but it is time intensive.
  • For more information on the laundry facilities at the Foyer, click here