• Application & Deposit Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Early Bird Deadline: Apply by November 1, 2018 & save $100!
  • Balance of Program Fees Due: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
  • Tuition Due: Check your campus’s calendar
  • Program Dates: April 7 – June 15, 2019

Contact your WCCCSA Campus Coordinator for more information about spending the spring in Lyon.



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.


Classes will be held at the Centre d’études Franco-Américain de Management (CEFAM), 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.


  • Audio-visual equipment including interactive and overhead projectors
  • Over 10 computer labs and three high-tech learning labs
  • Numerous studying areas
  • Free access to the internet in the computer lab and wifi provided
  • Orientation session, assistance and 24-hour emergency contact
  • 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.


You will be living with a French host family in Lyon. You will have your own bedroom and will have the option to have dinner with the French family every night. Breakfast is also included in the package. You will be responsible for your own lunch meal but will have access to the fridge to store food and to the kitchen to cook. You will fill out a questionnaire about host family options in order to best understand the your needs and find the most appropriate family for you. 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.


Students register for their courses at the home campus. Students will take a total of three classes for a total of 15 credits including a French Language and Culture class taught by local faculty.

French Language and Culture (5 credits) is required for all students.

Primary Faculty – Professor Alexis Nelson, Clark College

Alexis received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing (nonfiction emphasis) from Portland State University. Since 2010, she has taught composition, literature, and creative writing courses at Clark College, where she also runs a reading series and an annual literary festival. Alexis loves to travel and has lived abroad on two previous occasions: she spent her junior year of college studying in Budapest, Hungary, and later taught English as a foreign language in the medieval French city of Rouen. Both of these experiences of cultural immersion were personally, professionally, and intellectually transformational, and Alexis looks forward to witnessing her students’ own transformations while sharing her passions for writing, literature, and travel with them.

English 127: Creative Nonfiction Writing – Life in Lyon (5 credits)

Creative nonfiction writing uses the techniques of creative writing such as characterization, description, dialogue, and scene to tell real-life stories. In this course, students will explore a variety of nonfiction genres including travel writing, food writing, and personal narrative. Taking their experiences in Lyon as their raw material, they will transform them into engaging and meaningful pieces of writing. While our main source of inspiration will be the city of Lyon itself, we will also study classic and contemporary examples of creative nonfiction set in France or by French authors. Ultimately, students will return home with a written record of the places, people, ideas, and experiences they encountered during their time in Lyon.

English 270: American Literature – Visions of France (5 credits)

We are far from the first intrepid travelers to be enchanted by the idea of living in France. For many decades, France has drawn artists of all types from America and elsewhere to its shores. Why is this, and how has the reality of life in France both conformed to and contradicted the fantasy? This course examines 20th century American literature through the lens of expatriate authors living in France. We will ask what France has represented to the imagination of these writers and how French culture and ideas influenced their work. Along the way, we’ll consider the broader movements that helped define 20th century American literature. Finally, students will be encouraged to explore connections between course texts and their own experiences in Lyon.

If 25 or more students enroll a second faculty will join the program.

Secondary Faculty – Dr. Karen Champagnie Alman, Wenatchee Valley College

Karen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in her native Jamaica at the University of the West Indies, where she also studied French language and literature. She went on to complete graduate studies in Communications at the University of Southern California (M.A.) and Michigan State University (Ph.D.). Karen has taught at several universities and colleges in the Pacific Northwest including the University of Oregon, Lane Community College, South Puget Sound Community College, the Evergreen State College, and currently Wenatchee Valley College where teaches and heads the Communication Department since 2013. Over the years, Karen has built interactive, immersive learning curricula designed to help students develop their communication competencies. She has traveled to several countries including France, Ireland and the UK where she enjoys the linguistic, artistic, and historic diversity that abounds. She looks forward to the promise that Lyon holds for students to learn and practice cross-cultural communication skills.

CMST&210: Interpersonal Communication – Finding Common Ground in Lyon (5 credits)

Like the bridges that span the two rivers in Lyon, we will explore verbal bridges that connect individuals, and allow them to find common ground. However, we will also come face-to-face with language barriers; what happens when meanings get ‘lost in translation.’ Not to worry, students will acquire the tools and techniques needed to appropriately and effectively work their way through cross-cultural communication challenges. The principles, processes, and practices of dyadic (one-to-one) communication will be adapted for students to sharpen their verbal and nonverbal skills as they navigate the exciting, new environment of Lyon. This course fulfills a Humanities distribution requirement for the AA and AS degree.

CMST&220: Public Speaking – Parlez-Vous en France? (5 credits)

Great public speaking begins with great content. And great content comes not only from personal passion, but also from the people and places we encounter in our meanderings through Lyon, France: the restaurants, museums, historical sites in the city’s nine arrondissements. In learning to master the art of rhetoric, students will delve into topic choice, research, organization & outlining of content, effective use of voice, body, and self-confidence. But the course is not just about one’s own speaking, it is also about the respect we give to others in being active listeners, observers, and evaluators of their speeches. This course fulfills a Humanities distribution requirement for the AA and AS degree.

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.

COST: $6800

Early bird special! Register by Thursday, November 1, 2018 to pay $6700.


  • 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 here
  • Welcome dinner, farewell dinner, lunch on the day-trip to Beaune
  • Public transportation pass
  • Health insurance


  • 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 on or before Friday, December 14, 2018. 


  • Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Time: 10am-3pm
  • Location: Shoreline Community College

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

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. The faculty will be available to discuss their courses and expectations.