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Activities for Lyon, France

As a USAC student, there are various activities and experiences offered to you, many of which include building relationships with local students. You are encouraged to participate in university activities, student clubs, and community organizations. These can be a natural way for you to meet French students. Sports may include basketball, dance, rock climbing, gymnastics, karate, swimming, rugby, tennis, archery, volleyball, yoga and others.

Community Activities

Several community organizations in Lyon offer courses in drawing, painting, cooking, music, and dance. Information concerning enrollment in these activities is available from the Resident Director on site. These activities may have a modest fee.

Cultural Immersion Opportunities

  • Participate with local students in the many different sports activities offered at the university
  • Interact with French locals in homestays or residence halls
  • Take part in campus activities and festivals
  • Volunteer to teach English in French schools
  • Participate in student clubs aimed towards social consciousness, business, arts and many more
  • Practice French with conversation partners
  • Take courses with local students

Quick Details

2023-24 Application Cycle

  • Spring 2024: Open
    • Deadline: Oct 15

2024-25 Application Cycle

  • Summer 2024: Open
    • Session I or I&II deadline: March 15
    • Session II deadline: April 15
  • Fall/Yearlong 2024-25: Open
    • Deadline: May 15
  • Spring 2025: Open
    • Deadline: Oct 15


  • Summer:
    • Preferred Minimum GPA: 2.5
    • Language requirement: None for courses taught in English
      One year of college-level French for French language courses
  • Semester:
    • Preferred Minimum GPA: 2.5,
    • Language requirement: One year of college-level French

Program Type



U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

  • Summer: 65 students
  • Semester: 70 students


English, French


APUAF – Association des Programmes Universitaires Américains en France

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