Lyon is one of the most exciting cities in France! It has been voted France’s number 1 student city and the top weekend touristic destination. Known as the “Capital of Gastronomy”, Lyon has a rich history and an outstanding reputation in terms of education, culture, business, industry, and sports. Lyon is very attractive, cosmopolitan, youth-oriented and dynamic, and offers students a wide array of activities. Our host university, Université catholique de Lyon (UCLy), is located in the most popular area of the city.
During the week,
you will live in a secured student residence in town, conveniently located at a 10 minute walking distance from your classes. You will have your own individual room (sheets provided) and will also share common areas, such as the kitchen (utensils provided), bathrooms, laundry area, music room, TV room, and prayer room. Wi-fi is free.
During the weekend explorations,
you will stay in hotels located in safe city center areas. You will share your room with one or two students according to hotel availability. All rooms will have twin beds, individual bathrooms, and no breakfast included.
The language of instruction for this program is French. All participants must have completed a minimum of FRE 101 or the equivalent.
With an average of 16 hours of class per week (64 hours total), you will earn three (3) credit hours of transfer credit for French 102, 201, 202, and/or 300 level classes (3 credits hours). Before starting class, you will take a placement test, so that your courses are adapted to your level. Upon successful completion of your course, you will earn an internationally recognized language certificate from our host university. In class, you will develop all four language skills (oral and written comprehension, and oral and written expression). A diversity of resources and materials will be used to develop and reinforce all skills, including texts, images, videos, oral sources, phonetics and language labs.
Students of all majors and academic levels are encouraged to apply. All participants must have completed the equivalent of FRE 101 prior to the start of the program. All participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to participation in this program.
EXAMPLES OF EXCURSIONS
Lyon and surroundings!
Every Wednesday, our host university will take you on a local cultural tour within or outside the city.
Provence, the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea!
The first three weekends, you will explore some of the most beautiful places in southeastern France. In each region, you will have a local gastronomic meal, from Fondue to Bouillabaisse and salade lyonnaise! The first weekend, you will stay in Lyon and explore the city, its medieval areas, its rivers and riverbanks, the bouquinistes, the Parc de la Tête d’Or, and so much more. You will even participate in a cooking workshop in world-renowned Paul Bocuse Institute! While doing so, you will learn to be autonomous in the city that will be yours for one month. The second weekend, you will discover the Alps. You will stay in Annecy, which is famous for its canals, its architecture and its lake surrounded with mountains. You will cruise the lake on a boat tour and enjoy the beach. From Annecy, you will go to Chamonix. There, you will hop on the cable car and experience the Mont Blanc, which is the highest mountain in the Alps (12391 ft high)! The third weekend, you will explore the largest French city by the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille. Not only will you visit museums, the old port and the older areas of the city, but you will also have beach time, take boat tours and discover the Calanques, a magnificent natural site by the city. In all cities, you will have free time to yourself. By the fourth weekend, you will know how to travel and survive in France. Therefore, you will be free to leave for a nearby destination.
All participants on this program will be billed a Program Fee of $3,970 on their Summer I Bursar bill. This program fee includes the round-trip airfare from the US to Lyon, all housing accommodations for the duration of the program, in-country transportation (trains, buses, and metro tickets), instructional fees, books, and all program excursions (visits, boat tours, and one gastronomic meal per excursion). All participants will also be billed a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $100 upon applying to the program, and will be required to purchase WCU's mandatory international insurance.
Not included in program fee listed above are daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). You will be shown where and how to shop for food so that you limit your expenses. Also not included in the cost of the program and solely the responsibility of the student are are all costs related to COVID-19 testing, vaccination, and/or quarantine (if required at the time of travel).
This program has received the Global Rams Initiative designation for Summer 2022, which allows for underrepresented minority students that participate in this program the opportunity to apply for the WCU Global Rams Initiative Scholarship for Study Abroad
. All participants are also encouraged to apply to study abroad scholarships and travel awards available through the Department of Languages and Cultures
and the WCU Center of International Programs
Dr. Roxane Petit-Rasselle, Program Director
235 Mitchell Hall
Dr. Patricia Swasey Washington, Program Co-Director
201 Carter Drive 415