Borders divide, but they also may bring the divided together, along an interface. Lining one side of the River Rhine, the ancient and modern city of Strasbourg, capital of Alsace, has known all the roles of a boundary land, and the contemporary ci...
You eventually end up learning that Western Europe is different, not necessarily better; you look that there are slight cultural differences among developed nations, thanks to globalization. You learn a lot about yourself and where you stand morally.
- The University of Texas at Austin
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Borders divide, but they also may bring the divided together, along an interface. Lining one side of the River Rhine, the ancient and modern city of Strasbourg, capital of Alsace, has known all the roles of a boundary land, and the contemporary city is far more a center, and especially a crossroads, than it is an edge point.
Home to international institutions, the most popular international convention destination in France after Paris, its two-culture heritage alive and well as the intersection of the EU’s two most powerful member-States, Strasbourg stands as a symbol of reconciliation. Along with Alsace it is an actor in the building of European community at local, regional and trans-national levels.
Nevertheless, a good deal of the attraction for IFE of Strasbourg - the only city in Europe besides Geneva to host international bodies while not a national capital - comes from the fact that it is also a lively secondary French city. Strasbourg offers a broad, grassroots canvas of France today, beyond the confines of Paris. To the extent that all study abroad is anthropology, this teeming, ethnically diverse city is an anthropologist’s dream for seizing the reality of life in France today.
Strasbourg, Alsace, France, Germany, Europe... the future takes on a different aspect where multiple identities are the daily as well as the historical reality.