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Language & Culture, Univ. of Lyon

Study Abroad Program Overview

The language and culture program in Lyon offers intensive French language study for students with three quarters or two semesters of university-level French. It features a curriculum that will improve your oral and written language skills while providing a foundation in French culture and society. All course work is in French and you attend classes with UC students only.
Lyon is France’s second largest city and offers a unique combination of dynamism and classical beauty. Located at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône rivers, Lyon has always been at the intersection of the cultures of Europe and beyond. Its strong economy produces nearly every ingredient of France's famously high quality of life. It is the capital of France’s renowned wine region, Rhône-Alpes, and the surrounding area has glaciers and warm river valleys, mountains and lakes, some of the most beautiful medieval villages, and the best skiing in the world.
For a peek into life in Lyon, check out this video by a UCEAP Lyon participant! You can also get more information on life in Lyon by visiting the UCEAP Lyon website.
Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars. 
Fall :  
late August to mid/late December​








Depending on the progress you make in your language study while in Lyon, you may extend your UCEAP participation from the fall to the spring and take regular university courses taught in French. This is subject to the approval of the Study Center Director and local university departments. ​


You will live in a pre-screened homestay with a French family to help you integrate into French life and culture and provide an opportunity to practice your French. Housing is organized by UCEAP Study Center staff. More information on housing

Extracurricular Activities

​You can participate in the sporting life at the University of Lyon through their Department of Sports and Physical Activities. Visit the student associations website to see what other campus opportunities are available to you. The city of Lyon is alive with cultural opportunities including opera, museums, music, theater, dance, and more!

If you are interested in participating in volunteer work in Lyon you should contact France Bénévolat. This is a very active association that centralizes most of the requests for volunteer opportunities in the city and they would be happy to welcome UCEAP students to participate in their events.

On-site Support

UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Local UCEAP staff in Lyon will help you integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).​

Course Opportunities

​This program offers French language study at the low-intermediate level. In addition to your French language courses you will enroll in culture courses that introduce you to French culture and society. All language courses are lower-division and all culture courses are upper-division. Courses are taught by University of Lyon faculty.
You will enroll in the following courses: 
  • Three French language courses (6 quarter/4 semester UC units each)
    • French 56, Intermediate French I
    • French 57, Intermediate French II
    • French 58, Written and Oral Expression
  • Two or Three courses on French culture from the following list (4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units each)
    • History of Art and Architecture in Lyon
    • Contemporary French Society
    • Genres in Literary Analysis
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 26-30 quarter/17.3-20 semester UC units required; five-six courses.​

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Internships for academic credit are generally not available for this program. Independent study projects may be possible. Arrangements are generally made at the UCEAP Study Center after arrival.

University of Lyon

University of Lyon 
The University of Lyon is a two hundred year old institution situated in the center of the city on the banks of the Rhône. After a large recent remodeling, the University of Lyon is now home to many modern educational buildings placed directly alongside older, 19th century halls and classrooms. UCEAP students on the University of Lyon Language and Culture Program will take courses at the Center for Instruction in French Studies (CIEF) at Lyon 2, which specializes in teaching French language and culture to international students.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
Fall1626 - 3017.3 - 20$11,100$3,700
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (student visa, health clearance, etc.)
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at the University of Lyon
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details  regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate

Language Prerequisites:

- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 1 year (3 quarters / 2 semesters) and maximum 1 year (3 quarters / 2 semesters) with a minimum language GPA of 2.50.


2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.  

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:

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