Lyon – French Language and Culture (CLOSED)

Lyon, France

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  • Summer 2 Semester - June 30 - August 7, 2014 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty-Leader: Prof. Sali Ziane (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

Information Session: Monday November 4, 2013 6PM-7PM 315 BK

Term: Summer II

Courses: CLTR 4944 French Culture

FRNH (Multiple Levels offered) 2201, 2202, 3201, 3202


The summer language course will include 80 hours of classes in addition to the cultural and historical immersion. Those classes will cover different levels of French in order to satisfy the students’ level. The students will be exposed to intensive oral and written skills.

The program includes:
- Language practice through various activities inside and outside the classroom: - Introduction to life in Lyon.
- Visits of historical sites, museums, parks, etc...
- Cultural activities.

The cultural part will cover the “Immigration in France”:

The immigrants played a significant role in France’s development as well as its laws throughout generations. Before the first and the Second World War and after the decolonization in Africa, lots of immigrants came to France to seek employment and a new life. Nowadays, the French immigration’s policy has changed. The European workers are more accepted than Africans. Because of xenophobic view and conservatism from the right wing (Le F.N.) the French government modified the laws in regards of immigration and citizenship.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • The history of immigration.
  • Cause and effect of the immigration.
  • The role of immigration in the development of France.
  • The political participation and impact of immigrants in France
  • The immigration policy.
  • Controlled Immigration, Racism and citizenship in Modern France
  • The problem of integration/assimilation of immigrant groups in France.
  • Chosen immigration.
  • The challenge of French diversity.


CLTR 4944: French Culture

FRNH (Multiple Levels) 2201, 2202, 3201, 3202

Host University

ILCF – Université Catholique de Lyon

The French Language and culture institute in Lyon (the second largest city in France) has specialized in teaching French to non-native speakers since 1948. It belongs to the Literature and Languages department of the Catholic University of Lyon and is located in the center of the city. Students can expect to improve their language skills as well as their knowledge in French culture. You will have the opportunity to study with professional while experiencing the lifestyle of this region.

This course will also offer an intensive training enriched by daily contact with local residents and students. They will encounter challenges in communication and dialogs with the locals and between themselves under our supervision and the animators'.

Eligibility Requirements

FRNH 1102 or Equivalent GPA 3.0+

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,195

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International SOS assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


For the first part of the program, students will be staying in a Students residency in the heart of Lyon, they will have access to most of the commodities in the area and will be just steps from the School. In the second part of the program, the students will be staying in a Hotel in the heart of Paris.



Lyon: Where classes will take place at the ILCF. In addition to the daily classes, there will be many cultural activities: Museums (Musée des beaux arts, des frères Lumière, etc..), sites in Lyon, etc.

The cultural part will cover field trips to the following two main historic sites close to Lyon.

Annecy in the Alps:This is a great outing. The old city is wonderful and attracts lots of people. The lake is remarkable and is part of Annecy's reservations. In hot weather, there is a guarded beach to swim in.

Perouges: It is a charming medieval city, where lots of movies were played such as the "The Three Musketeers". One can wander in the street and taste the delicious Pie of Perouges.

Beaujeu: Beaujeu gives its name to the famous WINE region of Beaujolais a former province of France of which it is the historical capital


Paris:At the end of the course we'll take a trip to Paris for a total immersion within the Parisian crowd topped with visits to historical and famous sites such as: Quartier Latin, Les Champs-Elysees, Versailles, Le Louvre, Palais-Royal, Tour-Eiffel, musee d’Orsay, muse Grevin, le Pantheon, la Tour Eiffel, etc.