While it's hard to speak of IFE's other programs, studying in Strasbourg was one of the best decisions I've made.
IFE sets you up with a preparatory period, and a 12-week internship. Unlike other programs, I felt completely immersed in the culture. However, there is always support around, so you never need to feel alone. This program is especially great for those studying Politics, History, and Sociology, but it was also accommodating for those in different subjects.
I came into the program as someone who was book smart but had great difficulties in speaking French. Differently from other programs, IFE avoids traditional French classes and treats you like a student in France. After the courses and the internship period, I felt fully immersed, and my language skills developed better than they would have a different way. The combination of classes and the internship made me feel like I was able to fully immerse into the culture, while also having an IFE community to fall back on.
IFE provides students with cultural activities. In the first few weeks, we had tours with our incredible advisor, Tarek, where he showed us the gorgeous city. It helped us to break the ice with each other while getting better acquainted with the surroundings. Other tours included visiting the European Counsel, a guided castle tour, and a wine route.
Strasbourg is an amazing city to live in as a student. It's incredibly easy to navigate, and there was never need to take any forms of transportation besides going to neighboring cities, like Colmar. Despite its quaintness, it still has a city feel with its popping student life. It was also surprisingly inexpensive! I would highly recommend this city over the others, especially during Fall semester.
While challenging at times, I could not recommend this program enough to students who are interested in immersing and learning about the culture that they're in. If you are not studying abroad to learn, this might not be the program for you, but I truly believe that IFE is the best program on the market.