Study Abroad in France

Lyon, France

Fall, 2024

Program Dates: October 5, 2024 - December 7, 2024

Earn 15 College credits 

Application deadline: June 6, 2024

Payment deadline: September 6, 2024

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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Study Abroad Staff

Megan Swanson, Assistant Director, Study Abroad
Megan Swanson, Assistant Director of International Education
Office Location: IVD 114      Phone: 253-931-6845


Andres Montano Leal, Study Abroad, Program Assistant
Andres Montano Leal, International Education Program Manager 

Office Location: IVD 116        Phone: 253-931-6976

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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 in the following classes:

1. French& 121-123: Multiple language levels will be offered. You will take a placement test to determine your placement.

Note: We strongly recommend you take French 121 or higher before going! Having a foundational knowledge of the language will help you feel more comfortable communicating with your host family, navigating the city, and will greatly enhance your cultural immersion experience. 

2. English& 236: Creative Writing

3. English& 101 -OR- 126: English Composition 


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 a 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: $6,250

Note: There will be an additional surcharge for 17 year old students (between 5-15%, exact amount TBA in winter 2024)

Included in the Cost:

  • Group transfer to/from airport and accommodations 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

Students must first submit a preliminary application online and complete an interview with your campus study abraod coordinator. Learn more and apply at How To Apply – WCCCSA

WCCCSA Lyon participants are all eligible to apply for the $1,000 WCCCSA Scholarship. If you wish to be considered for the scholarship, you will have the option to indicate this on your preliminary application.