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Lyon, France (USAC) Academics


To apply, you must be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking, undergraduate UW-Eau Claire student. You need to be in good-academic, conduct and financial standing. You also need to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5. You must maintain enrollment and continue to meet the academic standing and GPA requirements the semester prior to departure. You may apply as a first year student, but must have at least sophomore standing by the time the program begins. You also must have completed French 201 prior to beginning the program. 


You will enroll in a minimum of 12 credits of intensive French language courses at the Institute of French Studies with other international students. Your level will be determined by a placement test upon arrival in Lyon. You may also enroll in one USAC elective course in French and European Studies or a course at Université Lumière Lyon 2.  You are allowed to take a maximum of 18 credits per semester. For a more detailed list of French language and elective courses, please access the USAC Lyon Courses page

UW-Eau Claire Equivalencies

Please consult the course equivalency document to learn how your courses will come back to UW-Eau Claire:
USAC Lyon Equivalencies 2017-18
USAC Lyon Equivalencies 2018-19

Liberal Education/General Education Requirements

For students in catalog years 2016-17 and later, this program can fulfill an Integrate Learning (I1) requirement upon completion of the integrated learning assignments while abroad. Please contact your study abroad coordinator for more details. 

For students in catalog years through 2015-16, Foreign Culture can be waived upon successful program completion. The requirement is not automatically applied: please email Degree Review at after completion of your program to update your degree audit. (Students earning a B.A., B.F.A., or B.M. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences cannot use study abroad to fulfill their foreign language/foreign culture requirements. See the university catalog for details.). 

Language Immersion

All majors and minors who wish to be certified to teach French must complete an appropriate period of language immersion in residence in a country in which the language is spoken. This semester/year program meets the language immersion requirement.

Academic Calendar

You may study in the program for the full academic year or for the spring semester. (Fall semester alone is not an option except with special permission from the UW-Eau Claire French faculty.) The academic year runs from late August through May; spring semester is January-May. Exact dates will be available the semester prior to departure.