Lyon – French Language and Culture – CLOSED

Lyon, France

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  • Summer 2 Semester - July 3 - August 9, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 2 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2014

Final deadline for Dialogue of Civilization programs is February 1st. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty-Leader: Prof. Sali Ziane (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Term: Summer II

Courses: CLTR 4944 French Culture, NU Core humanities level 1

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 the city Lyon.
- Visits of historical sites, museums, parks, etc…
- Cultural activities.

The cultural part will be aboutFrance through history, culture and art”.

France is one of the countries that contributed in the creation of the European Union which reached today a size of 28 member countries. France historically witnessed events in Arts, Cinema and Fashion; as well as developments in Laws and Immigration, Science and Technology.


This Dialogue of Civilization Program is an immersion into the “New France”, both from its heart ‘Lyon’ to the metropolis ‘Paris’, and it would mean a political, social, economic and cultural overview from which students would benefit linguistically and socially.


CLTR 4944: French Culture, NU Core humanities level 1

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

Recommended 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: $10,634

DOC Fee: $ 2500

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International Security and Emergency Support, 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

Geneva [Switzerland]: One day excursion to visit the city.

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 and museums, etc.