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A Semester at CEFAM

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About a program

The CEFAM Study Abroad program provides students with an opportunity to live in France for a semester while pursuing their college education.

At CEFAM, all courses are taught in English by professors with advanced educational degrees and considerable experience in their particular professional area. CEFAM students benefit from a close working environment and high professor-student contact ratio to ensure optimal conditions for a business education in an international setting.

Upon students’ arrival in Lyon, CEFAM’s organizes an orientation session which covers various topics including CEFAM’s academic rules, health insurance, accommodation, the semester’s calendar and cultural adjustment. The orientation session is followed by a welcome dinner with CEFAM staff members and students.

Each semester, CEFAM students volunteer to become study abroad liaisons for the new study abroad students. Their role is to facilitate the students’ integration at CEFAM and in France by helping them in their daily routine and answering their questions.

Academic Information

The CEFAM Program follows the American Liberal Arts tradition in education and offers both business and non-business courses. Credits earned at CEFAM are transferable to its partner universities in the United States.

Full time study abroad students at CEFAM must take at least four classes per semester (the normal load is five) including:

  • 3 credit French language class
  • 1 credit French culture class

CEFAM will register students for classes based on the information communicated to our administration by the students’ home universities. Any changes after that point must be communicated to CEFAM by the universities’ academic advisors or study abroad departments.

Course Offering Fall

Course Offering Spring

Course Catalog

French Classes

The CEFAM study abroad program includes French language classes focused on pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and oral expression in accordance with the students’ level.  All our study abroad students also enjoy a French Culture and Civilization course designed to provide some insight into France, its people, and its culture.

Activities and Visits

Activities and visits are organized throughout the semester, giving students a chance to feel at home in Lyon and become acquainted with other parts of France during their stay.

Visits typically include a day trip to Annecy known for its beautiful lake or to Beaune, a pretty town in the well-known wine-making region of Burgundy.   Also part of the program are wine and cheese tasting events, a tour of Lyon and a welcome dinner gathering all new study abroad students.

Each year, CEFAM organizes a Halloween party and a Thanksgiving dinner, bringing CEFAM staff, faculty, and students together for these traditional American célébrations.


Students may choose from 2 types of accommodations: single apartments and homestay.

Single apartments are located in a modern residence which is ideally situated 10 minutes from downtown Lyon and 20 minutes from CEFAM by subway.

Students may also choose to experience life in a French family if they really want to become immersed in the French life style. They will live with an approved French family in Lyon and share the family’s life, meals, and language. The packages are flexible, offering accommodations plus up to 7 breakfasts and dinners per week.

Enrollment Process

Required Documents

Application to CEFAM requires the following documents:

  • Application form (online application)
  • A personal statement
  • A sealed official transcript
  • A copy of the student’s passport
  • An ID picture
  • A birth certificate (semester program only)

Students at our partner universities should submit their application documents directly to their Academic Advisors.

Application deadline for Fall semester: April 1st

Application deadline for Spring semester: November 1st

Students from other universities should send application documents to:
Study Abroad Programs
47 rue Sergent Michel Berthet
69009 LYON

Via Academic Advisor

While at CEFAM, students take courses that have been pre-approved by their academic advisors at their home universities. Students must meet with their advisor and discuss their semester abroad in detail; they should also confirm in advance and in writing which courses are electives and which are degree requirements.

Students are also advised to remember that a minimum of 12 academic credits are required to maintain a student visa in France.


Once CEFAM receives the application form and the other required documents, applicants will be sent an Enrollment Packet and a learning agreement. Those documents must be filled out and signed by the applicant’s study abroad advisor and returned to CEFAM.

Course registration will depend on student availability and scheduling constraints.


Tuition up to 16 credits: 4 160 € (260€ per credit)

Administrative fees: 1 435 €


  • Apartment with your own bathroom & kitchen: 3 240€
    (approximately 810 € per month / includes housing, taxes, insurance, wifi, kitchen necessities…)
  • Housing in a host family in Lyon: 4 520€
    (approximately 1130 € per month / includes bed & breakfast and half board)