WCCCSA Program – Lyon (France) Spring 2022

This is a WCCCSA program. For how to start the application, please refer to “How to Apply” page.

ATTENTION: Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Bellevue College has a travel ban in place suspending all trips with credit-bearing purposes. This travel ban applies to all WCCCSA study abroad programs. Program information is posted for reference only and please reach out to the WCCCSA Study Abroad Coordinator, Li Liu at li.liu@bellevuecollege.edu to verify program status if you are interested to apply.



  • Application Deadline: December, 2021
  • Program Dates: April 7 – June 15, 2022



Lyon, France Come study in Lyon, rated the number one city in France for students! Lyon is France’s second largest city and an important European crossroad. Its remarkable location at the heart of Europe links Lyon, with an average of 90 minutes travel time, to all of the major European metropolises including Barcelona, Milan, Turin, and Geneva thanks to a network of communication by air, road, or rail. The proximity of Provence, the Mediterranean, the Alps, and the large wine regions adds charm to the Lyon area.

Lyon’s fine cuisine is an integral part of the local way of life. The city is the capital of French gastronomy and offers a choice between the popular charm of its famous bouchon bistros, the refined elegance of its two- and three-star gourmet restaurants, and the warm lively atmosphere of its open-air markets.

The 2000-year-old historic center is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site; artistic creativity thrives and cultural activities abound all year round. Lyon truly offers a wide palette of cultural events of international standing.



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Classes will be held at CEFAM (Centre d’études Franco-Américain de Management), a Franco-American Business school working in partnership with five American Business schools (AACSB accredited). CEFAM is located on a campus that houses 24 different schools in a business and university area with many restaurants around. It is one metro stop from Lyon’s historic center, a popular area well known for its architecture from the antiquity and middle ages as well as for its traditional Lyonnais restaurants. It is also very close to the city center, the most lively part of Lyon, with many cafés, restaurants, and clothing stores.



  • Classrooms are furnished with audio-visual equipment including interactive and overhead projectors.
  • Over 10 computer labs and 3 high-tech learning labs on campus
  • Numerous studying areas on campus
  • Free access to the internet in the computer lab and wifi provided
  • Orientation session, assistance and 24/7 emergency contact
  • Students have access to a gym close to campus for 29€/month + 65€ of enrollment fees.



Students will have a metro pass that will give them unlimited access to public transportation (buses, metro, tramways) anywhere in Lyon and the surrounding area.



Students register for their courses at the home campus. See your study abroad advisor for course offering. Students will take a total of 3 classes with 15 credits load. All students will register a French Language class.

  • French 121/123/221/223 (5 credits) is required for all students.
  • 2nd and 3rd courses totaling 10 credits are chosen from courses taught by the following faculty members:

Prof. Caitlin Morris

Course #1: ENGL 101 English Composition I or ENGL 201 The Research Paper 

Course #2: ENGL 253/4/5 Writing Creative Non-fiction 

If the program enrolls more than 28 participants, students can also register for the following courses from Prof. Kyle Barber

Course #1: MKTG 200 International Marketing

Course #2: MKTG 242 Social Media Strategy

This is an academic program and students are expected to enroll in a full-time course load (15 credits). Failure to participate in the academic coursework may result in dismissal from the program. Students are encouraged to make the most of their classroom learning as it will enhance understanding of all the local area has to offer.



  • Orientation session, welcome dinner, and farewell dinner
  • Visit to Lyon and its 2000-year-old historic center.
  • Visit to Lyon’s Roman amphitheater and Museum
  • Cheese tasting
  • Day trip to Beaune, a beautiful town in the world famous wine-making region of Burgundy. Burgundy is also renowned for its mustard-making. Dijon, where the Dijon mustard is from, is the capital of Burgundy.
  • Visit to the Institut Lumière, the birthplace of cinema
  • French Cuisine cooking classes
  • Visit to a small chocolate workshop



Use free weekends to travel in France and to Europe’s great cities including London, Amsterdam, Florence and Madrid.



Students will be living with French host families in Lyon. They will have their own bedroom and will have the option to have dinner with the French family every night. Breakfast is also included in the package. Students will be responsible for their own lunch meal but will have access to the fridge to store their food and to the kitchen to cook. Students will fill out a questionnaire about host family options in order to best understand the students’ needs and find the most appropriate family for each of them. CEFAM works in collaboration with Lyon Expat Agency, a company dedicated to arranging accommodations for expatriates and study abroad students in Lyon. They have carefully selected the families and visited all the houses in which students will be living.


INCLUDED in the program fee:

  • Group transfer between the airport and the accommodation upon program arrival and departure
  • Housing in Homestay with breakfast and dinner provided daily
  • Orientation program and a 24-hour emergency contact service
  • All excursions and activities listed in this document
  • Welcome dinner, farewell dinner, lunch on the day-trip to Beaune
  • Public transportation pass
  • Health insurance


NOT INCLUDED in the program fee:

  • Airfare
  • College tuition and fees
  • Course books or materials (unless specified)
  • Passport and visa fees if applicable
  • Any meals not specified in this document
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not specified as included in the program
  • Optional personal effects insurance coverage



WCCCSA Lyon participants are all eligible to apply for the $1,000 WCCCSA scholarship. Applications are due December of 2021. Requirements include a 250 word essay answering the following question: “What do you believe to be the value in studying abroad? When you look back on your study abroad, what do you hope to say that you have gained from the experience, academically, personally, and professionally?”



  • TBD

Last Updated August 18, 2021