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Study Abroad

Semester and Year-Long opportunities

Students wishing to enroll at CEFAM for a semester or academic year are welcome. CEFAM is by definition international, making it a prime location for students from around the globe who hold the shared goal of internationalizing their higher education path. Because CEFAM follows the American Liberal Arts tradition in education, any student can join us to earn US or ECTS credits. Our most established program offers General and Specialized Business courses, or General Education courses. Students who choose to enroll in this program also have the opportunity to take French Language courses, a course in French Culture, and specialized professional development catered specifically to their experience abroad. Students can enroll in up to 16 credit hours per semester or 10 during the summer term.

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Click here to download CEFAM’s Undergraduate Course Catalog in order to review all courses offered. All instruction is in English apart from our specialized French Language and Civilization courses in French.

Summer Term:

At CEFAM, we realize that often students are unable to spend an entire fall or spring semester abroad. For this reason, students may enroll in up to 10 hours of courses in our 5-week summer term.

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Semester and Year-Long Specialized Opportunities

Hospitality and Tourism Management: study & work in France

CEFAM offers a 1- or 2-semester program in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Students can enroll for fall + spring or spring + summer. The first semester is spent in dedicated courses at CEFAM, for example Culture & Communication in Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Contemporary Issues in Hospitality in Tourism Management. This semester includes the same excursions and cultural activities as all CEFAM study abroad programs as well as offering optional, specialized activities.

The optional second semester is comprised of a full-time, paid Internship in France. This is an incredible opportunity to build on your international experience professionally, and expand your global network at CEFAM and in the field of Hospitality and Tourism.

The internship can include roles such as:

Some examples of corporate partners who accept interns from this program are:

French language is not required to complete the internship. Housing is included, and varies depending on placement.

French Language and Civilization

CEFAM has the opportunity for French majors, minors, and Francophiles alike to study French language and civilization. From local literature to local flavors, students have the chance to explore Lyon in her native tongue. Being in Lyon puts CEFAM at an epicenter of French gastronomy, history, tourism, and commerce. This makes CEFAM a key location to study these areas. We also recommend students in this program to choose the homestay option during their time in Lyon in order to make the most of this language acquisition opportunity.

Suggested Courses include Lyon et ses écrivains (Lyon and Her Writers), French for Business, Advanced French Language, and French Culture and Civilization. Students enrolled will also have access to CEFAM’s traditional Business and General Education courses instructed in English.

Accommodation and Pricing

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. 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.

Single apartment: 3 240€/ semester,
Host family: 4 520€/ semester

CEFAM tuition for the Academic Year 2021-22 is 400€/credit

All-inclusive pricing for Study Abroad programs is also available:

Summer, 2021: 4000€

Academic Year 2021-22: 11 000€/Semester

The all-inclusive pricing includes airport pickup/dropoff, lodging in a student residence, up to 16 hours of university credits, and select cultural activities.


Application Process and Dates:

Summer, 2021: May 17 – June 18

Fall, 2021: September 6 – December 17

Spring, 2022: January 17 – April 29

To apply to CEFAM’s short term Study Abroad Program, please send,

Cécilia TURQUIN : cecilia.turquin@cefam.fr or Rachel Stowe : rachel.stowe@cefam.fr

Faculty-Led and Customized Programs at CEFAM

CEFAM also works with universities to develop customized, short-term programs in any field of study, offering them the chance to build a Faculty-Led or Faculty-Led blended experience. Partners can integrate seminars, lectures, corporate visits, and cultural activities, among other options, into their courses. CEFAM collaborates with universities and other groups, working within your budget and timeframe to put together an effective, personalized experience.

For the Faculty-Led blended option, the many General Education courses in its curriculum allow CEFAM to cater to diverse academic programs, in addition to its Business-focused curriculum. In the past, CEFAM has built customized programs ranging from one weekend to six months, so there is no limitation to what can be developed.

Some examples of past customized trips can be downloaded here:

Weekend French Culture Break

Summer Gastronomy in Lyon



I will definitely be recommending this program to other students because I loved it so much and made so many new friends. Again thank you for all of your help, I will miss CEFAM so much!

Thank you for such a good semester!

Allison Leonard (Loyola)

I really liked the trips we did like the tour of Lyon, the cheese tasting, and the trip to Beaune.  I would recommend this program to other students who are looking for a school with a family feel.

Thank you,

Julia Krasinski (Siena College)

 You did an awesome job this semester and made our abroad experience very enjoyable!  You were very responsive and helpful and went above and beyond for us.  I would definitely recommend the program to others!

Thank you again for an awesome semester and happy holidays!

Virginia Collins (Loyola)