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  • Locations: Lyon, France
  • Program Terms: Summer, Summer I, Summer II
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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UVA in Lyon: Summer


Experience first-hand the momentous changes occurring in today's Europe while gaining an historical and culturally based understanding of these changes for French society. Lyon, France's second largest city - whose historic center is a UNESCO world heritage site - provides an ideal location for the study of contemporary France as well as its rich historical and cultural traditions.

Courses taught by UVA faculty and instructors from the Université Lyon II and Sciences Po Lyon will offer students broad and in-depth analyses of France's role in an expanding Europe, contemporary French society and culture, and the historic treasures of Lyon itself. Students will explore the challenges facing the French today as they strive to maintain - and redefine - a cultural identity forged by history while simultaneously becoming full citizens of Europe.

The Lyon Program is specially designed by UVA faculty to complement the university curriculum. This program allows students to earn UVA credit and grades (not transfer credit) while being immersed in the cultural life of France.

UVA faculty will accompany student participants, making this an ideal experience for students who have not yet traveled to France or who are still learning French. For those students who are seasoned travelers and have more well-developed language skills, this program also offers opportunities for advanced study and time for independent travel.

By incorporating field trips, cultural events, and local guest speakers into the curriculum, we take every opportunity to explore the city of Lyon as an extension of the classroom. Excursions this year will most likely include a group trip to Annecy as well as local field trips in Lyon. Independent travel to Paris, a mere 2-hr TGV trip from Lyon, is encouraged either over a long weekend or upon completion of the course.

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This program will not run in Summer 2021; information for future years will be published when available. 

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Lyon offers an ideal location for studying France's historic, geographic and cultural development, especially its dynamic relationship with the rest of Europe, past and present. Capital of Gaul under the Roman Empire, a major center of culture and trading during the Renaissance, and an innovative industrial site of the nineteenth century, Lyon has become a grand European metropolis, benefiting from the rich influences that have swept across its beautiful landscape. Now included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Lyon has found its place alongside such prestigious cities as Venice, Prague, and St. Petersburg. France's second largest city, Lyon is immersed in a rich historical and cultural tradition all its own. With approximately 1 million inhabitants, Lyon has the liveliness and energy of an urban setting yet avoids some of the pitfalls of the Paris metropolis. Housing is more affordable, the pace of life a bit slower, cultural life is abundant, and, of course, Lyon has the well-deserved reputation of being the gastronomic capital of France! Lyon's architecture, public squares, gardens, and hidden passageways (traboules), offer American students a vivid daily reminder of the area's beauty and historical importance. Each street is an invitation to learn more about Europe today and yesterday. Strolling through the meandering streets of Lyon's central districts or along its riverbanks is a simple yet cherished pleasure, not only for visitors, but also in the daily life of Lyon's residents. Finally, when darkness falls, lights illuminate the city revealing a thousand new facets of this remarkable site.

Located at the confluence of the Rhone and Saône rivers, Lyon is - and always has been - a unique crossroads of European cultures. The city's close proximity to Switzerland and Italy, not to mention Provence, makes it an ideal base for traveling. For those interested in touring the wine county in Beaujolais and the Rhone valley, Lyon is a logical place to start. Thanks to the TGV--France's high speed train--Lyon is no more than two hours from Paris. In Lyon, university life is just one part of a diverse, lively city and, as a result, American students will not hear English spoken at every café terrace as might occur in some other common destinations for study abroad in France. These are just some of the reasons that one might choose Lyon as an ideal location for studying and living in France.

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The UVA in Lyon Summer 2021 program will offer two upper-level (3000 or 4000) French courses. Exact course information and syllabi will be updated when available.

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Program Director Janet Horne |

Associate Program Director Kelley Rose |


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Students will be housed in a business-class residential hotel located in a convenient area of the historic district. Designed to welcome researchers and academics passing through Lyon within the context of their work, the hotel offers fully equipped accommodations in apartment and studio style rooms. It also provides common facilities (gym, lounge with cafeteria, reading room), along with meeting and conference rooms. Within the heart of the city, just 5 minutes from the center, this historic building dating back to the 17th century perched on the slopes of the Croix-Rousse hill offers a magnificent view of the Rhône and the conurbation of Lyon. Students will be housed in doubles.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.

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The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


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Students traveling on a US passport do not need a French visa to participate in this program. Students traveling on other passports are responsible for verifying French visa regulations.

International students, please note that Schengen visas for France are being denied for students whose F1 expires prior to the study abroad program end date. Please meet with an International Student and Scholar Advisor in the International Studies Office and your Education Abroad Advisor as part of the application process to discuss your particular situation.

All students should ensure their passport is current and will remain valid for at least six months past their date of return.


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All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

This program is currently not accepting applications.