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Lyon Summer Program (Faculty-led)
Lyon, France
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Budget Sheets Summer II
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Host Family
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Ann Ganz
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Program Overview

This program alternates with Université Laval summer program, which is offered in summer 2014.  The Lyon summer program will be offered again in 2015.  Please check back in late summer or early fall 2014 for updated brocure and online application.

During the month of July, the class will be in residence in Lyon for French language and culture study (17-20 hours per week) at the Institut de Langue et de Culture Francaises, part of the Universite Catholique de Lyon. Classes will include a French culture and conversation course taught by Dr. Vivan Steemers.  Students will live with French families. They will participate in a guided tour of the city and have the opportunity to explore museums, monuments, churches, bistros, shops and many other exciting places.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for the Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship.

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Lyon's historic center was recently classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognizing the cultural richness the city has to offer, including Roman ruins (a theatre dating to the city's beginnings in 43 B.C.), the picturesque "Vieux Lyon" of the medieval and Renaissance period, and dramatic, contemporary architectural styles created over the last decade. Lyon is a thriving cultural and economic center, long considered the gastronomic capital of France and it is the home of the famous chef and restaurant owner Paul Bocuse. It is the second largest city in France, located in the southeast quadrant of the country at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers.

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Academic Eligibility
Must have completed French 2010;
Minimum 2.5 GPA and permission by the Faculty Director.

Academic Program
Participants will earn three (3) hours of WMU academic credit in FREN 3220: Life and Culture in France and four (4) WMU credit hours of FREN 4770.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

The WMU program fee includes tuition, housing with a French family in Lyon (includes breakfast and dinner), health & accidental insurance, instructional costs, and administrative fees. Not included are airfare, passport and visa fees, books, meals and beverages not specified, tips, and any personal expenses. 

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Note: program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or canceled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

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In Lyon, each student is placed with a French family to experience total cultural and language immersion.  Living with French families provides students the opportunity to experience how the French conduct their daily lives.

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Summer 2013.

Thursday, June 27: Depart for Lyon
Friday, June 28: Arrive in Lyon
Monday, July 1:  Placement test at Institut de Langue et Culture Françaises
Tuesday, July 2 - Friday, July 26: Program at ILCF
Sunday, July 28: Return to USA (or personal travel)

Tentative itinerary subject to change.

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
University Homepage

Country Information (external links)
France - Lonely Planet
Country Specific Information - France
Culturegram - France

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This program is currently not accepting applications.