PhD Survival Guide for the Researchers of the University of Strasbourg – 2020 Edition

Dear PhDs,

We are very glad and proud to present the new version of the “Survival Guide for the Researchers of the University of Strasbourg – 2020 Edition” A collaborative work between ADDAL and StrasAIR.

The goal of this guide is to help all PhD candidates, particularly international researchers, understand and navigate the administrative hurdles that accompany living and studying in France. The guide is fully in English.

In this booklet you will find information about: University life, immigration, housing, healthcare, social support, tips for living and traveling, taxes and documentation after the PhD (for leaving and staying in France) among others. Some of the information presented in this guide is specific for international researchers, such as the visa process, but other sections like University registration, housing, social support and tax payment, will be useful to all PhDs at the University of Strasbourg.

This project was launched by our Interdoc committee in 2017 the aim to collect, simplify and present in a clear manner the most important and useful information. The guide is totally free, made by and for PhDs. Please share this information with your fellow PhDs.

This guide, as well as many other projects, is an on-going project of ADDAL. The information provided is up-to-date as of December 2019 and our team will see that the booklet is updated, corrected and improved on in the future. If you find incorrect or missing information, please let us know.

If you wish to be part of the team, please don’t hesitate, we are always looking for new recrutes! If you have any questions or comments about the guide, feel free to send an email to We will be revising the guide periodically. 

We hope this guide makes your life easier during your PhD at Unistra.

Best wishes

The PhD Guide Team
Association of Doctoral candidates and Doctors of Alsace (ADDAL) & StrasAIR

Download the guide HERE