Program Summary & Location
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has partnered with University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) to offer students the opportunity to study French language and culture in Lyon- the third largest city in France. Program courses are taught at L'Université Lumière Lyon 2 (University of Lyon 2). The university has two campuses with a tram connecting the two. Most of your French language and elective courses will be held at the Berge de Rhône campus, which is situated in the center of Lyon on the Rhône river and is a more traditional campus with historic buildings and green lawns. The university features libraries on both campuses, dining halls, a new student center, residence halls, and sports facilities. About 30,000 students are enrolled in the areas of psychology, humanities, law and political science, geography and history, languages, economics and management, education, and anthropology and sociology. To learn more, visit the USAC site.
Lyon is situated in east-central France in the Rhônes-Alpes region between Paris and Marseille. The city boasts a population of almost 500,000 residents. However, the surrounding suburbs combine to create a metropolitan area of two million. The city is known for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon also plays a significant role in French gastronomy.
To learn about eligibility requirements, academic course offerings, how courses transfer back to UW-Eau Claire, and the academic calendar, click the following button:
Academics - France: Lyon (USAC)
USAC provides an onsite resident director and staff to assist all students in the transition to studying in Lyon. To see more on what resources they provide and what disability/health accommodations are available on the program, click on the following button:
Support - France: Lyon (USAC)
While on this program, students will have some field trips built into the program cost and some optional field trips/study tours for a very affordable rate.
To see what field trips/study tours might be offered, visit USAC's site
Housing & Meals
You have two housing options in Lyon: home-stays with a French family/host or university residence halls. Most USAC students opt to stay with a French family for the linguistic and cultural opportunities.
In a homestay, you will have an individual room, breakfast daily and five dinners each week. Homestays are located in private homes in Lyon or the surrounding suburbs.
Residence Halls have a number of options. You can choose a shared or single room in the University Residence Hall or a single studio in a Private Residence Hall. Depending on the residence hall you select, you will either have access to a shared kitchen on your floor or a kitchen in your room. No meals are included under the residence halls option. However, you can eat on campus or prepare simple meals in your room. For all students, the university restaurant provides a wide range of food options for a modest cost (~3 euros/meal).
By clicking on the following term, you will find more information on program costs. If the term you want to go abroad is not listed, please see the most recent term and add 7% to your estimate to factor in exchange rate fluctuations and tuition increases. Click on the buttons below to view that term's cost estimate.
Fall 2018 Academic Year 2018-2019 Spring 2019
Learn More & How To Apply
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