Although strictly speaking the Université Populaire Européenne (UPE) is actually part of the University of Strasbourg it is very much regarded as something entirely separate from the City’s sprawling educational establishment, which this year, as ever, is welcoming over 40,000 students.

The reason being is that the UPE is where those of us whom have matured (beyond binge drinking and playing house music until 4am with the windows open), go to study for the sheer pleasure of personal development.

For a small annual fee (40 €)  you can enrol to study any number academic, vocational or artistic courses throughout the year; paying 95€ for each 24 week course you take on top.  Which means, in case you hadn’t already guessed, it’s the perfect place to go to improve your understanding of French for a relatively small outlay.

Incredibly, there are some 45 different language classes for non-francophones.  So whatever level you’re at – there’s bound to be something to whet your appetite.  Moreover, if you’re a fluent French speaker already, you might want to consider some of the other 480 classes on offer, such as Alsatian, Mycology (the study of mushrooms), Chinese Medicine, Apiculture (Honey Bees), Dance, Painting, Astronomy etc…

For more information, pick up a copy of the 2011/12 Livret Guide from the atrium of the Palais Universitaire in Place de la Université.

Courses are held throughout the day and evening at a variety of locations across the city centre.

So instead of rotting in front of Koh-Lanta and Secret Story of an evening, switch off that telly and profitez-en … as they say in France!