*Please note, you need an active, valid passport to apply for this program.

Study Abroad in Lyon, France

Lyon, FrancePart of the Institut de Gestion Sociale (IGS), CEFAM is an undergraduate level, private business school with a long standing relationship with the Fox School of Business and Management. Located in France’s third largest city, Lyon, CEFAM has built its reputation on high academic standards as well as on the European and American perspective it offers to students. CEFAM is comprehensive in nature, permitting students to take classes in a variety of business as well as non-business topics. Classes are taught in English by CEFAM professors with advanced degrees and wide experience in their areas of expertise. As a fundamentally American-style institution, CEFAM students benefit from the quality of an American business education in an international setting.


International Programs, CIBER/IGMS Alter Hall 701

Application Deadlines

Visit The Office of Education Abroad to view all program deadlines

The Application Process

The first step towards participating in a study abroad program is to connect with the Education Abroad Office by attending a Foundations of Study Abroad session. Click here to learn more and register.

You are then required to meet with your academic advisor to create an academic plan.

Finally, visit the IGMS/CIBER office to discuss program options and CEFAM’s application process. To download an application and view program and tuition information, please click here for semester programs and here for summer program. Please note that you must adhere to deadlines posted above and not those set by CEFAM.

Course Offerings

Current course list is not available. You may look at an older copy for now:

CEFAM Course Offerings 2014-2015

Program Requirements

Fox School of Business students must meet the following criteria to participate in the exchange:

  1. Must be enrolled full-time at the time of application;
  2. Must have an active, valid passport;
  3. Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00.

Some things to consider when applying to study abroad at CEFAM: Pre-Departure Information.

Study Abroad Process at Fox

For more information about the study abroad process at Fox School of Business, including information on course approval, making an appointment with your advisers, and the application process, please see here.

Language Requirements

There is currently no language requirement for CEFAM, as all classes are taught in English.


Established by the Romans over 2000 years ago as the capital of Gaul, modern Lyon is France’s second largest city and also one of its safest. It bathes in history, much of it still visible in the form of Roman amphitheaters, aqueducts, and much more. In the late nineties, UNESCO recognized Lyon’s historic quarter as a World Heritage Site.

Located at the crossroads of Europe in Southern France, Lyon is close to countless European destinations. Paris, Switzerland, and Italy are only two hours away by train, while other major European cities such as London, Barcelona, Brussels, and Amsterdam can be reached within five hours. In addition, the Alps with its world-class ski resorts and the beautiful beaches of the French Riviera are only two hours away by car or train. CEFAM offers a familiar academic program in a truly international and culturally rich setting.


Located in the heart of Lyon, in a modern building equipped to serve the pedagogical needs of its students, CEFAM offers a learning environment which promotes academic success. Mini, comfortable amphitheaters and smaller, more intimate classrooms promote active student participation during classes. The computer labs offer students access to all the latest computer software and to the Internet on which they can work during open access times.


Students may choose from 2 types of accommodations: single apartments and homestay. Please visit the CEFAM website for more details and costs.

Student Population

With over 100,000 students welcomed each year, Lyon is a cultural melting pot. CEFAM has more than 25 nationalities on campus, and 500 alumni on five different continents. It has a particularly active and dynamic student life, in which each student is encouraged to get involved. Students have a choice of many activities for a well-rounded academic and social life.