• France
    • Lyon
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
European Studies
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships
Health & Safety

Program Details

Program Type
Host Family
Jul 20, 2023
Sep 15, 2023
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About Program

Lyon is one of the most attractive cities in France, creating a fresh combination of the bustle of a large European city and the simplicity of French tradition. The Lyon semester and yearlong program offers an intensive language approach at L’Université Lumière Lyon 2, where you will be able to earn up to 12 credits of French in one semester. Depending upon your language level, you will choose electives in culture, political science, cinema, economics, or literature taught specifically for USAC students. The University itself also offers the opportunity to enroll in courses with French students, taught in either English or French.

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Diversity & Inclusion

LGBTQIA+ Support

There are LGBTQIA+ friends, colleagues, and allies throughout the world. However, cultural understanding of gender identity and sexuality does vary from country to country. USAC has compiled a lot of resources to help you through that learning process.

Accessibility Support

USAC is dedicated to working closely with students with disabilities to ensure the best study abroad experience possible. You may request reasonable accommodations after your initial application is complete. We routinely receive requests for scheduling, material, and environmental accommodations for the classroom setting, which may include assistive technology, scribes and readers, printed material, and interpretation.



Environmentally-conscious students choose USAC because many of our programs are held in some of the most sustainable countries in the world. There are options to take coursework in sustainability and the environment, as well as field trips and studies where students can leave a lasting impact on their host country.

Program Highlights

  • Live in France’s third-largest city, home to an international mix of people and architecture from over two millennia
  • Study intensive French language, from Second-Year French and up, and an array of electives taught in both French and English
  • Enjoy field trips to the French Alps and Bourgogne
  • Take the optional tour through Provence including visits to Orange, Avignon, Arles and the Mediterranean coast
  • Walk or bike along the banks of the scenic Rhône and Saône rivers; take weekend trips to ski or snowboard in the French Alps; enjoy some of Lyon’s famous home-style cooking; explore shops and make international friends


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USAC Scholarships and Financial Aid

USAC awards over $2 million in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses.

$500 - $1,000

Program Reviews

4.79 Rating
based on 24 reviews
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  • Academics 3.95
  • Support 4.5
  • Fun 4.7
  • Housing 4.2
  • Safety 4.5
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Yes, I recommend this program

USAC, Lyon, and my amazing experience!

My experience in Lyon, France was incredible. I am a French major, and this program allowed for me to improve my skills and enhance the richness of my speaking. I was able to practice daily, and I used my knowledge everywhere. The classroom was helpful, but I learned most of my knowledge by travelling around and meeting new people. I volunteered and practiced through that outlet as well. The food was incredible, and the people were hospitable. Overall, I had an incredible time, and I couldn't recommend this program more!

  • Food
  • People
  • Easy access to travel
  • Difficult
  • Homesick
  • Hard to leave!
2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent Program and Helpful Staff

Absolutely wonderful program. The city is lively and full of things to do, and is relatively safe as long as you follow common sense safety. The administration works really hard to create a supporting and close-knit environment with the other USAC students, and they were always ready and willing to help whenever I had a problem. The classes can be a bit overwhelming at first, depending on what sort of schedule you're used to keeping, but the language classes make a HUGE difference in proficiency, even just after a month or so. This trip was absolutely fantastic, I would do it again in a heartbeat.

  • Plenty of Activities
  • Helpful Staff
  • Safe Location
  • The city can be a bit expensive, as cities are.
20 people found this review helpful.
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Wonderful time

I made some wonderful friends when I was there. They had weird rules about COVID but that was due to the university. I had an amazing time and really enjoyed the fieldtrips. I wish we had more information earlier about our living situation because it was hard to plan a month before. Otherwise, they prepared us well with zoom meetings, although I think the best thing our program could have done would be to connect alumni with future or interested students. I would have loved to connect with a past student because as an alumni I feel like I have very valuable information. Especially when our main source of information was someone who didn't live in or only specialize in our program. As we were leaving and talking about our program, that is the main thing everyone in my program wanted. Overall, that is the only thing our program needs.

  • Friends
  • Easy city
  • Travel
  • Covid
22 people found this review helpful.
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An invaluable experience

Studying in Lyon with USAC was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. I made a lot of new friends to practice French and go on adventures with, and I also was very immersed in the culture. There were also plenty of field trips to expose me to different aspects of French culture, and there was always support if needed. Staying in Lyon was incredible, as it is the culinary capital of France, so there was plenty of delicious food to try. Additionally, the classes I took focused on the culture of Lyon, so I was able to learn about the city that I was staying in and all the important landmarks that I passed by. Overall, I am very happy to have studied abroad with USAC.

26 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Had a great time!

I studied abroad in Lyon for 6 weeks this summer. I'm really glad I did it, my French improved by a lot and Lyon was a fantastic city to stay in! I was placed with a great host family who were very helpful for showing me around the city and practicing my French, and I made friends with a lot of my classmates. The classes themselves were a bit basic, but that was to be expected of a summer course. The program also included a few excursions to other cities or twons in France, which were really beautiful and fun! Highly recommend!

  • Offers homestay
  • Great city
  • Language immersion
  • Easy classes
26 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

USAC Lyon, France Study Abroad

I studied abroad for the fall semester of 2022. From the start of being accepted into the program, I was able to easily communicate with USAC staff, however sometimes it would take a little while for them to respond. The webinars and checklists were very helpful in order to prepare for departure and make sure everything was in order. I did not however like the travel agency they work with, Frosch Travel Agency. Communication was quick, however the flights scheduled were constantly rescheduled making a large group of us miss our flight to Lyon and have to add multiple hours to our already long travel day. On my way back to the United States, I also had many problems with my ticket (the airline said I did not have a ticket reserved for me on the flight, yet Frosch was saying that I did) and resulted in me almost missing my flight back home as well. Once I arrived in Lyon, the staff in the city were very nice and welcoming, and I thought the tours of the city given that week were very helpful. The living space that I was put in was the biggest option out of all, however the location was awful (on the top of a hill, so it was very hard to get back home at night without a bus) and there was nothing provided (towels, sheets, pillows, etc) which proved to be a very costly expense at the beginning of the program on top of the already expensive living situation. Lyon itself was amazing. The school, UCLY, is very nice and I thought all of the teachers were accommodating and nice throughout the semester. There were also many opportunities to participate in school activities and meet other international students. I wish we had gone on more pre-planned trips as a group because I found those to be the most exciting and stress-free trips. By the end of my trip, I did not want leave Lyon and hope one day I can go back again.

  • Amazing city
  • Restaurant/food scene
  • Pre-planned trips
  • No help with housing necessities in André Allix
  • Frosch Travel Agency
  • Quick turn around between the beginning of French classes and final exams
27 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Miss it everyday!

I'm forever grateful to have studied abroad with USAC. USAC made the entire process easy to understand and had several procedures that set me up for success in France. My homestay was a perfect match for me, and I cherish having the leveraged cultural and social support. The program directors and instructors undoubtedly had the student's best interest in mind—they provided guidance, recommendations, and material to help students reach their goals while enjoying their summer. Lyon was the perfect place to better my French, and the social atmosphere was generally welcoming. I miss being able to navigate a city as easily as Lyon. I can't wait to go back someday.

  • Support
  • Affordability
  • Communities
32 people found this review helpful.
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Fantastic Program

My study abroad through USAC was everything and more. USAC was aware of student needs and questions, and made sure to answer them thoroughly. Before leaving for France, I felt confident and ready. My instructors were incredible and understanding, my classes interesting and engaging, and my extracurriculars were fun and memorable. I was able to have both the experience to live with a host family and around other students in the program. My French improved from barely functional to confidently proficient. I learned so much, meet some really one-of-a-kind people, and traveled with friends I still keep in touch with. I loved the care and consideration of the program coordinators. Really a program I couldn't recommend more.

30 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Hi Emily, The exam is comprehensive, including essay, fill in the blank, and listening comprehension for the written section, and then there is typically an oral conversation component as well. You should review your most recent semester French coursework to be the most prepared. If you have further questions you can email us at studyabroad@usac.edu Thank you!