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About the Lyon, France Program

The Lyon program is a USAC specialty program. Learn more about on-site program elements and the city itself below.

About Lyon

  • Population: 500,000
  • Distance from Paris: 290 miles
  • Distance from Geneva: 93 miles
  • Distance from Torino: 195 miles

View of the river Saône on a sunny day 

Lyon is considered one of the most beautiful cities in France and is host to many cultural events i.e. "Nuits Sonores", "Fête des Lumières", Cinema Festivals, Dance and Contemporary Art Biennials. The city is replete with small restaurants called "bouchons" and bistros that proudly follow centuries-old traditional recipes.

Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, Lyon is itself a museum, with stories to tell from Roman times to the French Revolution, from the Renaissance to World War II. Explore Lyon's convenient location near borders of Switzerland and Italy, and just a train ride away from Paris, Provence, the French Alps, and many other locations.

Quick Details

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer Sessions: Open
Fall/Yearlong: Open
Spring: Open



Preferred GPA: 2.5, one year of college-level French if studying French; no language prerequisite for Art History


Minimum GPA: 2.5, one year of college-level French

Program Type



US Credit

Program Capacity

Summer: 65 students

Semester: 70 students


English | French


APUAF -- Association des Programmes Universitaires Américaines en France

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