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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.




   Quick Facts

  • June 14 - July 12, 2020

  • 4 week intensive program

  • Focus on French language and culture

  • Museum entries, river cruises, textbooks, & bus/metro pass included

  • Earn 7 ASU credits

  • Study at the University of Lyon downtown campus along the Rhône river within walking distance of the historic city center. 

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.



Location Details

With a population of 1.7 million, Lyon is the second largest city in France after Paris. Founded in 43 B.C., the city is very rich in history and architecture, and famous for its culinary traditions.

On top of its Roman theaters and its famous Renaissance district, Lyon is the home of the second largest French university attracting more than 130,000 students.

Centrally located in the heart of Europe, Lyon is minutes away from the great wine regions of Beaujolais, Burgundy and Côtes du Rhône, and just a few hours from Paris, the French Riviera, Switzerland and the French Alps.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • The Lyon program is a rigorous intensive 4 week immersion program. This is an academic program fostering excellence and is not suited for students who do not have a strong interest in and commitment to learning a foreign language.
  • Applicants must be enthusiastic and dedicated students, able to adapt to a French-speaking environment and a different educational model, and serious about immersing themselves in French language and culture.
  • A placement exam taken the first day of class will determine the student's command of the language, and allow the CIEF to place the student at the appropriate level.
  • Depending on their level, students will be able to select courses from a list of classes including but not limited to local history, theater, cinema, media, creative writing, gastronomy and architecture.
  • Classes are scheduled from 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday, and are taught only in French by native speakers who are specialized teachers of French as a foreign language (FLE). The average course load is 18 hours a week (not including extracurricular activities in the evenings and on weekends), but can vary according to the student's level and class selection.
  • Depending on the subject matter, classes focus on either reading and writing or listening and speaking or a combination of both.
  • Many classes are also based on a series of field trips and require students to interact with the local population.
  • Students are free to travel on their own during the week end, and can also participate for a small participatory fee in organized travels for the CIEF students which may include trips to Annecy, Avignon and Provence.


Students must take a minimum of 7 credits. 

FRE 101 (4) | Elementary French
FRE 102 (4) | Elementary French II
FRE 201 (4) | Intermediate French I
FRE 202 (4) | Intermediate French II
FRE 294 (3) | French Language and Culture I

FRE 311 (3) | French Oral and Written Expression I
FRE 312 (3) | French Oral and Written Expression II
FRE 394 (3 or 4) | French Language and Culture II
FRE 411 (3) | Advanced Spoken French 
FRE 412 (3) | Advanced Written French 
FRE 494 (4) | French Language and Culture III

Class in Lyon at the CIEF


Faculty Director

Prof. Frédéric Canovas
Associate Professor of French
Head of French and Italian 
School of International Letters & Cultures
Office: LL 413 C
Mailcode: 0202
Phone: (480) 965-3382
Fax : (480) 965-0135

Program Assistant

Audrey Chery 
French Instructor 
Office: LL 41B

Class in Lyon


Public Transportation Lyon

Program Housing

Students will be lodged in single rooms with private bathrooms in a university residence located in a residential neighborhood next to public transportation and approximately 15 minutes away from the university.

Accommodations do not include meals, but the residence provides cooking facilities and is within walking distance to grocery stores and a bi-weekly farmers market. There are also many eating possibilities available near the residence and the university including local restaurants, fast food restaurants and the university cafeteria.

Rooms are furnished and include a refrigerator. Bedding is also included. The residence offers individual meal services for an additional fee and on-site laundry, television room, private bathroom, complimentary computer access and mail service. 

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in France, while there are a variety of accessible forms of transportation, Paris Metro stations remain largely inaccessible to people with mobility disabilities. Students may find that sidewalks are narrow and uneven, and cobblestone streets make access difficult in some areas.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in France racism and discrimination do occur, but seem to be directed more towards immigrants from Africa or the Middle East.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $5,865

Program Fee includes: 7 credits of tuition, program fees, lodging in Lyon, third party insurance, city bus/metro pass, group field trips, museum entries, some group dinners, class materials, and international health insurance. Not included: airfare to and from France, personal travel, most meals and other personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/09/2020
Rolling Admission 06/14/2020 07/12/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.