International Study – GT-Lorraine for Undergraduates

Lorraine, France

The Best of Both Worlds … a GT Campus In the Heart of Europe

At the heart of Western Europe and the Lorraine region, Metz has a rich history as a crossroads of the Roman Empire and a medieval fortressed city. Modern Metz—a city of 120,000 residents—blends this history with a quirky mix of French and German culture, 21st century vitality, cool architecture and beautiful natural surroundings.

For centuries, roads and waterways have linked Metz to destinations such as Paris, Luxembourg, Brussels, London, Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Switzerland and Amsterdam. Now, high-speed train lines and airports make much of Europe conveniently accessible from Metz, but the city itself offers lots of reasons to stay and explore:

  • Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains, the oldest church in France, with sections dating from the 4th century
  • Place Saint Louis, a 13th-15th century square that lies on foundations built by the Romans
  • The Cathedral of St. Etienne, one of the world’s tallest Gothic cathedrals, whose stained glass windows date back as far as the 14th century and as near as the 20th century (designed by Marc Chagall)
  • The Centre Pompidou-Metz, a key international cultural center that will showcase Europe’s largest collection of modern and contemporary art
  • Traditional Christmas Market, annual festivals and all the amenities of a modern city about the size of Savannah, Ga.

The region of Lorraine borders three countries— Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg—and offers a unique blend of cultures. There are rivers and lakes for boating, thousands of miles of marked trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, and even the Vosges Mountains for snow skiing. History buffs can enjoy the area’s medieval past and many important sites from World Wars I and II.

Don't Take Our Word For It

"The people here are very accepting of those with little to no knowledge of French, which makes it easier to get around and enjoy the city."

Ryan LaFrance, B.S. EE

"Everybody splits up into smaller groups to go travel on weekends, so it’s easy to go where you want to and not have to go alone."

Nate Klein, B.S. CMPE ’09

"This summer was definitely an unforgettable chapter in my life."

Boaz Chai, B.S. ME ’08

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