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Lyon Summer Program (Faculty-led)
Lyon, France
Program Terms: Summer II
Budget Sheets Summer II
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer II 2017 02/28/2017** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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 Housing Options:
Host Family
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Freshman, Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Ann Ganz
 Language experience required:
 Program Length:
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Please note: 2017 Lyon program updates will be published during fall 2016.  Students may apply for this program now!

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 Françaises (ILCF), part of the Université Catholique de Lyon. Classes will include a French culture and conversation course taught by the WMU Faculty Director of the program.  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 be enrolled in FREN 3220: Life and Culture in France (3 credits) and  FREN 4770: Foreign Study (4 credits).

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 study abroad course approval form available from WMU Study Abroad office.  Students are urged to work closely with their academic advisors to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

To access the complete program budget published at the top of this page, click here. Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.

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, they 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.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad, so plan ahead!  Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to receiving financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the program commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable).  These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

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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 2015.

Thursday, July 2: Depart for Lyon
Friday, July 3: Arrive in Lyon
Monday, July 6:  Placement test
Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 31: Program at Institut de Langue et Culture Françaises (ILCF)
Saturday, August 1: Return to USA (or personal travel)

Tentative itinerary subject to change.

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Additional Resources

Dr. Molly Lynde-Recchia, faculty director
Chairperson, Department of World Languages and Literatures
411 Sprau
Phone: (269) 387-6243

Ann Ganz, study abroad specialist, sr.
WMU Study Abroad
2425 Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5890

Host Institution Information:
 Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF)

Country Information:
France - Lonely Planet
Country Specific Information - France
Culturegram - France

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