Study in France!
The Lyon semester and yearlong program offers an intensive language approach at L’Université Lumière Lyon 2 (University of 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. You may choose to stay for one semester or a full year, or participate on the summer program.
LocationLyon 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 Presqu’île of Lyon serves as the city center with towering business buildings, blocks of busy shops, and streets lined with cafés full of Lyonnais taking their afternoon break. The charm of the city lies in your ability to escape the crowds by turning onto a quiet cobblestone street and ducking into a small bistro, where you are sure to get a chance to practice your French. Spend your weekends biking or strolling along the Rhône or Saône rivers, planning a Sunday picnic with friends, or wandering through some of the most well-preserved Renaissance architecture in the world.
- Fall Semester: Early September to Late December
- Spring Semester: Early January to Mid May
- Summer Semester: Mid June to Mid July
Students on the Lyon program have the option of staying in a homestay with a daily breakfast and dinner five days or in a nearby residence hall. Homestays provide an unmatched opportunity for practicing your French and learning French culture and customs and is highly recommended.
Program CostsPaid to Appalachian State
|1USAC Tuition||See USAC|
|2OIED Program Development Fee||$200|
|Intl Health Development Fee||$60|
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
|USAC Application Fee||$100||$100|
|USAC Confirmation Deposit||$500||$500|
|Housing||$1500 - $3300||Included|
|Refundable Housing Deposit||$400||$200|
|Airfare||$1200 - $1800||$1200 - $1800|
|Meals||$1900 - $3800||$500 - $950|
|1Personal Expenses||$700 - $2300||$250 - $550|
|Books and Materials||$60 - $240||$90|
|Local Transportation||$40 - $200||$75|
|Visa (for US Citizens)||$285||NA|
|2US Based Health Insurance||Varies||Varies|
|3Personal Travel and Spending||$1000 - $2000||$250 - $500|
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
USAC offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
Students will enroll in 12 credits of intensive language courses taken at the at the Université Lumière Lyon II Centre internationale d'études françaises (CIEF) with other international students, plus 3 to 6 credits of elective courses in French culture or European Studies designed specifically for USAC students.
Students will enroll will enroll in four or five credits for French Studies or three to five credits for Art History Studies, plus one additional credit if you enroll in the Paris Field Study. At least one 3-credit course is required.
Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change. For more information about the courses and structure of the program please visit the USAC Lyon website.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the USAC Lyon semester program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester and 3-6 credits for the summer session. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to ApplyApplications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to a USAC program should complete the USAC application while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me webpage.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||OIED Approval Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2020||09/16/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Fall Semester||2020||02/17/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Academic Year||2020-2021||02/17/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Summer||2020||03/16/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Spring Semester||2021||09/15/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.