Study Abroad

Lyon, France | Spring QUARTER 2022

NOTE: This program is cancelled for Spring 2022. 

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Information Session: Come learn all about the Lyon Spring 2022 Program! 

Tue, December 7 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. PST, with the joining information below:

Meeting ID: 827 7078 5271


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.


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.


Application & Deposit Deadline: Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Early Bird Deadline: Apply by Monday, November 1, 2021 and save $100!

First Partial Payment Due: Friday, February 18, 2022

Balance of Program Fees Due: Friday, April 1, 2022

Tuition Due: Check academic calendar 

Program Dates: April 2 – June 11, 2022

For information on deadlines contact


To apply, please fill out and email this application to the Study Abroad office . You will also need to turn in the following documents:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A one page essay
  • Your unofficial Edmonds College transcript

Our office will review your documents and let you know if you have been accepted to the program and how to proceed. Please note that students that have been sanctioned by the college are disqualified from applying to, or participating in an Edmonds College study abroad program.

Set up an appointment with us here if you have any questions!

You will register for your courses at your home campus. See your campus coordinator for course numbering. You will take a total of three classes for a total of 15 credits, including a French Language and Culture class taught by local faculty.  These courses will count towards your Spring quarter. 


French Language and Culture (5 credits)

This class is required of all students in the program. The level of instruction will be based on the level of each student. Introduces basic speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students learn by listening and speaking as well as reading and writing with the help of a variety of web-based materials.

English 101: English Composition 1 (5 credits)

This course will teach the strategies and best practices for composition and research writing, focusing on food writing and global food-related topics. Students will explore the offerings of Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital while reading selected texts from Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food. Authors will include Francois Rabelais, Jean Anthelme Brillait-Savarin, Marcel Proust, MFK Fisher, and Julia Child. The course will culminate in a student-led research project focused on a food-related topic of their choice. Composition students will perform research on a smaller scale focusing on audience, purpose, and rhetorical situation. Field trips to markets such as Les Halles de Lyon and the Saint Antoine Farmers Market, and The Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie, France’s gastronomy museum, will enhance the research experience.

Detailed Syllabus

English 253: Creative Nonfiction Writing (5 credits)

Prerequisite: ENGL& 101 placement or higher.
This course will focus on memoir, travel writing, and food writing. You will keep travel journals and participate in regular writing activities as they reflect on your time in Lyon. Writing activities will encourage you to engage with the city of Lyon, exploring and writing about Fourvière Hill, Parc de la Tête d’Or, and Vieux Lyon. As you write, you will also learn creative nonfiction craft.

Detailed Syllabus

English 201 (also known as ENGL& 102): The Research Paper (5 credits)

Students will learn the strategies and best practices for research writing in this course, focusing on food writing and global food-related topics. Students will explore the offerings of Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, while reading selected texts from Eating Words: A Norton Anthology of Food. Authors will include Francois Rabelais, Jean Anthelme Brillait-Savarin, Marcel Proust, MFK Fisher, and Julia Child. The course will culminate in a student-led research project focused on a food-related topic of their choice. Field trips to markets such as Les Halles de Lyon and the Saint Antoine Farmers Market, and The Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie, France’s gastronomy museum, will enhance the research experience.

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.



Primary Faculty – Professor Caitlin Morris, Bellevue College

Caitlin received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing: Fiction from Western Washington University, and her B.A. in Literature and Comparative Literary Cultural Studies from Franklin University Switzerland. Since 2012, she has taught composition, literature, and creative writing courses at several colleges including Western Washington University, Highline College, and Bellevue College. Caitlin has extensive international experience, having earned her undergraduate degree in Switzerland which included field-based academic travel to Germany, Croatia, Scotland, Greece, and Namibia. Recently, her fiction has appeared in Ghost Parachute and The Jersey Devil Press.

Secondary Faculty - Kyle Barber, Bellevue College

Kyle is the program chair of the Marketing, Data Analytics, and Digital Media Arts programs at Bellevue College, where he has taught for eight years. Previously he worked in New York City at some of the largest global advertising agencies like McCann, Wunderman, Razorfish, and Starcom. He has focused much of his career on helping Fortune 500 corporations think about data capture, measurement, and demonstrating performance. He is also a digital platform evangelist: helping brands think about social media or mobile devices in conjunction with event marketing, retail, TV programming, etc., to have conversations with consumers. Now that he is a full-time professor, he likes creating opportunities for students around experiential learning such as leading the DECA and Speech teams at Bellevue College. Kyle earned his BA in Rhetoric/Communication from George Mason University and went on to complete an MA in Education Technology and Curriculum Development from the University of Phoenix.

MKTG 200: International Marketing (5 credits)

This class explores the fundamentals of marketing and applies that learning to the international business landscape. Students will consider the impact of marketing environment variables such as politics, legal systems, religions, class structures, economies, technological advancements, weather, and terrain. Lyon is historically known for being a production center of silk, and much of studying commerce begins with a review of the Silk Road.  Instead of just talking about the history of a unique Asian tangible good being brought to the West, we can deeper explore how this import transformed trade between countries in Western Europe that had the means to replicate the desired material. We’ll visit the Croix-Rousse silk district and partner with regional organizations that offer cultural experiences connected to the industry. Being in Lyon provides us an opportunity to explore differences between France and the rest of the European Union. The Department for International Trade is based in the city, creating an exceptionally relevant opportunity that directly supports what we’re learning in the class.

MKTG 242: Social Media Strategy (5 credits)

Students will learn the fundamentals of social media advertising and marketing, and how those skills impact a larger digital framework. While a hands-on course, the curriculum is focused on the application of social media skills to craft an integrated marketing strategy and executive vision. How Europeans use and enjoy social media is in many ways similar to what we have experienced in the United States, but there are also some interesting differences. In this class you will not only learn how to craft social media messages that connect businesses with consumers, but consider how we might approach that differently in various parts of the world. We will line up local businesses in Lyon that are interested in having English language marketing provided, which will give you all an opportunity to highlight on your resumes some professional experience working overseas.

  • 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 activities
  • Day trip to Beaune, a beautiful town in the world famous wine-making region 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.

Programs Cost: $6,700.00 

Early bird special- $6,600.00 (Nov. 1 2021) 

Included in Cost:

  • Transfer between the airport and the accommodation upon program arrival and departure
  • Accommodation in a single-room in a homestay within a residential neighborhood of Lyon and the surrounding area
  • Breakfast and dinner will be provided in the homestay seven days a week . You will have access to the kitchen for the preparation of any other meals.
  • Orientation program and a 24-hour emergency contact service
  • All excursions and activities listed in here
  • Welcome dinner and  farewell dinner
  • Lyon transport travel pass, valid for unlimited use on buses and underground trains in Lyon and the surrounding area for the duration of the program
  • Health insurance

Not Included in Cost:

  • 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


Please consider visiting our "Funding Your Experience" page to know of more ways to fund your study abroad program costs. 

WCCCSA Scholarship

WCCCSA stands for the Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad. Edmonds College (EC) is one of 17 member colleges who jointly sponsor and offer all of the study abroad programs you see on our website. For quarter-long programs, WCCCSA awards two $1,000 scholarships to selected program participants. To find out more about this scholarship opportunity and how to apply, contact your WCCCSA Campus Coordinator. Click here for rules and eligibility. 

A team of WCCCSA Study Abroad Coordinators will provide all pertinent logistics, health and safety information to help you prepare for your study abroad experience. The faculty member/s will also discuss their course details, and academic and behavioral expectations. You should also invite parents, guardians, or whomever you feel should attend with you. Coffee will be provided in the morning and lunch will be included. 

Date: Saturday in February 2022 TBD
Time: Approx. 10am-3pm
Location: TBD

What to bring

  • Signed copy of the Student Guidelines
  • Four passport photos
  • Copy of your passport
  • Flight itineraries for students not on the group flight
  • Notepad to take notes
  • And questions

To find out more, make an appointment with your study abroad advisor!