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    69009 Lyon, FRANCE
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Short Term Study Abroad

The Program

Students can follow a general business curriculum, study French language and culture, or participate in CEFAM’s one or two semester option to specialize in Hospitality & Tourism.

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.

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 celebrations.

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Hospitality and Tourism Management

CEFAM also offers a 2-semester, specialized 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, and the second semester is comprised of a full-time, paid Internship in France. This is an incredible opportunity to build on your international experience both in the classroom and professionally, and expand your global network at CEFAM and in the field of Hospitality and Tourism.

The Hospitality and Tourism first semester includes the same excursions and cultural activities as all CEFAM study abroad programs as well as offering optional, specialized activities.

The second semester 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 culture at CEFAM. 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, making it a key location for this program.

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.

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.

The CEFAM study abroad program includes French language classes and business classes.

The Hospitality and Tourism program offers one semester of courses and an optional semester for an internship.




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.



Tuition cost: 300€/ American credit
Students must take a minimum of 12 credits to be full time students.

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


Application Process

To apply to CEFAM’s short term Study Abroad Program, please send, along with your completed application form, your personal statement, your academic transcripts, and a copy of your passport to:




Faculty Led Programs, French culture break

CEFAM can offer customized study abroad experiences. CEFAM works with universities and other groups to build whatever they require.

Here are some examples of past trips:

Weekend French Culture Break

Summer Gastronomy in Lyon

European Tour

Spring Break

Contact Rachel STOWE for information and pricing: rachel.stowe@cefam.fr, + 33 76 67 19 685



Katherine Depack spent a summer abroad at CEFAM, her second experience studying in France. Click to share her experience