Study Abroad in France

Lyon, France

COVID-19 Update: In the interest of student health and safety, this program will not be offered in Spring 2022

Spring Quarter 2022

Earn 15 College credits 
Application deadline: December 15, 2021

Come study in Lyon, rated the number one city in France for students! Lyon is France's second largest city and an important European crossroad. Its remarkable location at the heart of Europe links Lyon with an average of 90 minutes travel time to all of the major European metropolises including Barcelona, Milan, Turin, and Geneva thanks to a network of communication by air, road, or rail. The proximity of Provence, the Mediterranean, the Alps, and the large wine regions adds charm to the Lyon area.

Lyon's fine cuisine is an integral part of the local way of life. The city is the capital of French gastronomy and offers a choice between the popular charm of its famous bouchon bistros, the refined elegance of its two- and three-star gourmet restaurants, and the warm lively atmosphere of its open-air markets.

The 2000-year-old historic center is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site; artistic creativity thrives and cultural activities abound all year round. Lyon truly offers a wide palette of cultural events of international standing.


Basilica in Lyon, France.


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Megan Swanson, Assistant Director of International Education
Office Location: IVD 116
Phone: 253-931-6845


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Courses in France

Academic Program:

Students register for their courses at the home campus. Students will take a total of three classes for a total of 15 credits

1. French Language and Culture: This class is required for all students. 

2. English 101 or 102: English Composition/English Research Paper

3. English: Creative Nonfiction Writing

If more than 25 students enroll in the program, two additional classes will be offered in Marketing.

Location in France

Classes will be held at the Centre d'etudes Franco-Americain de Management (CEFAM), a Franco-American business school working in partnership with five American business schools (AACSB accredited). CEFAM is located on a campus that houses 24 different schools in a business and university area with many restaurants around. It is one metro stop from Lyon's historic center, a popular area well known for its architecture from the antiquity and Middle Ages as well as for its traditional Lyonnais restaurants. It is also very close to the city center, the most lively part of Lyon, with many cafes, restaurants and clothing stores. 

Accommodations in France

Students will live with a carefully selected French host family in Lyon. You will have your own bedroom and the option to eat dinner with your host family every night. Daily breakfast is also provided in the home. You will have kitchen access to store and prepare your own lunches.  

France Cultural Activities and Excursions

Included Activities:

  • Orientation session, welcome dinner, and farewell dinner
  • Visit to Lyon's 2000-year old historic center
  • Visit to Lyon's Roman amphitheater and museum
  • Cheese tasting
  • Day trip to Beaune, a beautiful town in the world famous wine-making region of Burgundy. Burgundy is also renowned for its mustard-making. Dijon, where Dijon mustard is from, is the capital of Burgundy. 
  • Visit to the Institut Lumiere, the birthplace of cinema
  • French cuisine cooking classes
  • Visit to a small chocolate workshop 

France Program Fees

Program Fee: $6,700


  • Group transfer to/from airport and accomodations in Lyon
  • Housing in homestay with breakfast and dinner provided daily
  • Orientation program and a 24-hour emergency contact service
  • All excursions and activities listed on this website
  • Welcome dinner, farewell dinner, lunch on the day-trip to Beaune
  • Public transportation pass for program duration
  • Health insurance 

Not Incuded:  Airfare, College tuition and fees, Course books or materials (unless specified), Passport and visa fees, if applicable, Any meals not specified, Personal expenses, Anything not specified as included in the program, Optional personal effects insurance coverage 

France Application Process

Application and deposit deadline: December 15, 2021

Students must first submit a preliminary application to their WCCCSA campus coordinator. If approved, you will be invited to submit the remaining program application and enrollment forms. 

WCCCSA Lyon participants are all eligible to apply for the $1,000 WCCCSA Scholarship. Applications are due with your program application.