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Lyon Courses – 2021 Fall

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Academics

You will enroll in 9-12 credits of intensive language courses taken at the Université Catholique Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF) with other international students, plus 3 to 9 credits of elective courses in French culture or European Studies designed specifically for USAC students. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

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Fall & Spring Semesters

ILCF Intensive French Language Courses

ILCF language level placement is determined by a placement exam administered on-site. Courses at each level are outlined below.

ILCF LEVEL A2: Intermediate Low/Mid (12 credits)

Prerequisite: 2-4 semesters of college French

  • Fall
    French 200-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 200-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Second Year French I is a three-credit course offered to students who have completed a year of college French or its equivalent. In this course, the students will learn to narrate in the main time-frames, as well as to recognize the different uses of the subjunctive mood in the expression of different degrees of certainty, the expression of wishes and advice.

  • Fall
    French 200-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 200-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Second Year French II is a course designed for students who have completed a year and a half of college French or its equivalent and want to learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

  • Fall
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    This is a third year course for students who have completed two years of French at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a novel or short stories will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

  • Fall
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Compulsory three-credit course that complements the development of the linguistic skills facilitated in composition courses emphasizing the oral mode of the French language It aims to improve students' ability to maintain a sustained monologue as well as oral interactions.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level French

ILCF LEVEL B1: Intermediate Mid/High (12 credits)

Prerequisite: 3-5 semesters of college French

  • Fall
    French 200-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 200-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Second Year French II is a course designed for students who have completed a year and a half of college French or its equivalent and want to learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

  • Fall
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    This is a third year course for students who have completed two years of French at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a novel or short stories will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

  • Fall
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    The focus of the course is improving the learners´ writing abilities with the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and increase learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a novel or a collection of short stories will strengthen the formal instruction.

  • Fall
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Compulsory three-credit course that complements the development of the linguistic skills facilitated in composition courses emphasizing the oral mode of the French language It aims to improve students' ability to maintain a sustained monologue as well as oral interactions.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level French

ILCF LEVEL B2: Advanced Low/Mid (12 credits)

Prerequisite: 4-6 semesters of college French

  • Fall
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    This is a third year course for students who have completed two years of French at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a novel or short stories will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

    or
  • Fall
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    The focus of the course is improving the learners´ writing abilities with the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and increase learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a novel or a collection of short stories will strengthen the formal instruction.

  • Fall
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    The focus of the course is improving the learners´ writing abilities with the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and increase learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a novel or a collection of short stories will strengthen the formal instruction.

    or
  • Fall
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    This advanced level course of French has been designed for students who have completed three years of French and although they may manage in completing daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course offers the students the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve their grammatical accuracy in oral and written production.

  • Fall
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    This advanced level course of French has been designed for students who have completed three years of French and although they may manage in completing daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course offers the students the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve their grammatical accuracy in oral and written production.

    or
  • Fall
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Fourth Year French II has been designed for students who have completed more than three years of French and although they may manage in daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course will offer them the opportunity to enhance the coherence and cohesion of their production, and to improve their grammatical accuracy.

  • Fall
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Compulsory three-credit course that complements the development of the linguistic skills facilitated in composition courses emphasizing the oral mode of the French language It aims to improve students' ability to maintain a sustained monologue as well as oral interactions.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level French

ILCF LEVEL C1: Advanced Mid/High (12 credits)

Prerequisite: 6+ semesters of college French

  • Fall
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    This advanced level course of French has been designed for students who have completed three years of French and although they may manage in completing daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course offers the students the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve their grammatical accuracy in oral and written production.

  • Fall
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Fourth Year French II has been designed for students who have completed more than three years of French and although they may manage in daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course will offer them the opportunity to enhance the coherence and cohesion of their production, and to improve their grammatical accuracy.

  • Fall
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Compulsory three-credit course that complements the development of the linguistic skills facilitated in composition courses emphasizing the oral mode of the French language It aims to improve students' ability to maintain a sustained monologue as well as oral interactions.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level French

  • Fall
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    French Stylistics is an elective course for students of French as a second language at an advanced level, who have probably taken at least three years of college French. The goal of this course is to enhace the writing abilities, taking the written text as a contextualized communication event, addressed to an audience and with a clear and defined purpose. Therefore, class activities are centered around the analysis and the understanding of different written genres, so that they can be produced latter. In addition, this course does not neglect the oral interaction and expression, since the class is conducted entirely in French, reinforcing collaboration through group work.

    or
  • Fall
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Spring
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Seminar is a course designed for students who have taken at least three years of French at college and want to improve the four skills in a balanced way: speaking, listening, writing and reading, as well as enhance their vocabulary and improve their grammatical accuracy.

Fall Semester

French and European Studies

  • Fall
    English Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course will explore contemporary French culture through the lens of both its indelible history and its passion for innovation. By studying the evolution of French institutions, public policies, private lives, and cultural artefacts we will examine the France’s core values along with the country’s rapidly changing demographic. Immigration, power, criminal justice, gender, ethnicity, education, religion, language, medicine, political parties, customs, rituals, and leisure will be among the topics addressed through works sociology, anthropology, philosophy, economics, history, literature, the arts, science, and cinema. This interdisciplinary approach will help students think critically about the relationship between cultural production and the beliefs that shape French cultural identity.

  • Fall
    Art 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Lyon’s rich heritage allows us to offer an introduction to the history of the arts. In order to sensitize students to Culture and Arts, we will both have practical workshops, lectures and visits of museums. Throughout our multiple interventions, we are trying to emphasize on the commonalities existing between arts. Indeed, it seems important that students understand the connections that exist between arts of all time, connections that strengthened in the 20th century. This course will be about the arts throughout its issues, its breakdowns but also its continuities.

  • Fall
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English and French

    This course is designed to teach students how to prepare typical French recipes that are quick and easy to replicate at home with a minimum number of ingredients. The course will use local and seasonal products and show students how to adapt them to different recipes, both sweet and savory.

    Taught in French with some English, but appropriate for all.

    This course has an additional fee for materials and ingredients.

  • Fall
    French 200-level 1 credit Taught in French
    Spring
    French 200-level 1 credit Taught in French

    This short 15 hours course will introduce students to several aspects of French civilization discussed from a local perspective. It will cover different topics: education, politics, history, social organizations. The class will not take place in a regular classroom but will consist in visiting places, meeting people and exchanging ideas about their work and their involvement as members of French society. A short list of relevant vocabulary and basic knowledge about the subjects treated will be handed prior to or after the visits.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level French

  • Fall
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    This course aims at showing the specificities of French politics. It will present balance of power and go into detail about each power. It will also go into detail about elections and political parties so the students can understand the roots of today’s political debates. A review of major policies by the Presidents of the 5th Republic will also be done in order to explain some evolution in the French society and illustrate the major difference between the everlasting gap between “gauche” and “droite”. Time will be spent in the beginning of each class to answer students’ questions.

  • Fall
    Anthropology French Speech Communications 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Why Islam represents a controversy in France? This course aims at analyzing and describing how Islam developed in France, and how Muslims are perceived and represented by media, politicians, and public opinion.

    In the first part of the course we will analyze how north African Muslim immigration since 1960’s impacts contemporary French society; integration vs isolation. In the second part, we will address the topic of secularism of Institutions in France: historical perspective and current debates. In the last part of the course, we will analyze media coverage of Islam in France; special attention will be given to the interactions and debates of muslin religion in the schools: the case of the Islamic headscarf.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level French

  • Fall
    200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Provence tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of French language and culture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on Provence.

    Co-requisite: enrollment in the optional Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea Tour.

  • Fall
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Ce panorama de la littérature française donne à voir 5 mouvements littéraires (Humanisme, Pléiade, Baroque, Classicisme, Lumières), des auteurs et des textes français majeurs du Moyen-Age au XVIIIème siècle (La Chanson de Roland, Ronsard, Montaigne, Molière, La Fontaine, Diderot, Voltaire, …) que les étudiants découvriront principalement à travers l'étude, dans leurs contextes, d'extraits d'œuvres significatifs et/ou connus pouvant donner lieu à certains prolongements (analyse d'un document iconographique, projection d'un document audio-visuel, sortie au théâtre,...).

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level French

  • Fall
    English 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    “Lyon is a city that makes you hungry,” said celebrity chef Paul Boccuse about France’s other “city of lights.” This course will take on Boccuse’s concept of hungry in both real and abstract ways. Real in the sense that Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France and the whole city is engineered to coerce the taste buds into sitting down for a lengthy meal. Abstract in the sense that Lyon is not just a feast for the mouth but also for the eyes, ears, nose, skin, and mind. With Gallo-Roman ruins, art museums, sweeping cathedrals, mysterious passages, and hundreds of streets named for WWII resistance fighters, Lyon offers nourishment for a diversity of artistic appetites and sensibilities.

    We will digest this artistic, sensorial experience through the genre of travel writing. Travel Writing is an exciting reflection on travel through personal stories. This course will help you produce clear, expressive prose, sharpen your eye for travel detail, and cultivate your individual voice through the lens of art in Lyon.

Spring Semester

French and European Studies

  • Spring
    French History 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    After the military defeat in June 1940, France was “cut” in two: the northern part occupied and controlled by the Nazis, and the southern which was free under a regime of collaboration and antisemitism. Lyon played a key role during this period as the capital of the Resistance. The course examines the history of France with emphasis on Lyon during the Second World War. Students will read and learn about the wartime experience and Lyon’s inhabitants, important political and social change, as well as the key role of Lyon during “la Resistence”. The course is designed for students of all backgrounds with an interest in examining role and fate of Central European cities during WWII.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level French

  • Spring
    English Women's Studies / Gender Studies 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    France’s colonial conquests around the world have often changed and sometimes “erased” the voices and languages of Native people, especially women. In this course, we will focus on uncovering Francophone women’s literature from Africa and the Caribbean. This literature sits at the bypass of cultures, languages, and gender dynamics. Through the reading of some of the major works in the canon of African and Caribbean francophone literature by women, viewing films, listening to guest speakers, and outings that explore French colonial history, we will encounter the following themes: traditional, native societies and their relationship with the new modern French world, resistance and opposition to French colonial rule; the Negritude movement; the Algerian war of independence from France and, in particular, the role of women; questions of language use in the postcolonial world (French, Arabic, or other native languages?), postcolonial feminism, questions of the diaspora, and Francophone women today.

  • Fall
    French 200-level 1 credit Taught in French
    Spring
    French 200-level 1 credit Taught in French

    This short 15 hours course will introduce students to several aspects of French civilization discussed from a local perspective. It will cover different topics: education, politics, history, social organizations. The class will not take place in a regular classroom but will consist in visiting places, meeting people and exchanging ideas about their work and their involvement as members of French society. A short list of relevant vocabulary and basic knowledge about the subjects treated will be handed prior to or after the visits.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level French

  • Spring
    Art Art History 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Born in late 19th century France, the Impressionist movement marked an important break with the Academic system and thus opened the door to a world of opportunities for future art movements. Concurrently, a group of artists known today as Post-Impressionists pushed Impressionism beyond its initial boundaries and prepared the way for the most influential avant-garde movements in the 20th century.

    This course will examine the genesis, development, and the legacy of these two movements. We will focus on a series of prominent artists, art critics, and other art-world players who defined these two movements, as well as the socio-political and historical context of the period that shaped its progress. With the assistance of PowerPoint presentations, videos, documentaries, primary sources, and museum visits, this course provides an interactive approach to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.

  • Spring
    French World Languages and Literatures 200-level 1 credit Taught in English

    This field study course is designed to provide a solid historic and artistic base for studies of French lands, language, and culture. Through site visits and daily assignments in Provence and Occitania, students will unravel the rich and complex history of these two regions and trace why they are admired for their beauty, natural resources, gastronomy, art, and architecture. Students will learn about the Roman expansion into present-day France, the Avignon papacy after the popes fled Rome, the importance of the regions’ mineral resources to French wealth and prestige, and how life-sustaining sources of water build cities and connect Provence and Occitania to the USAC study abroad experience in Lyon.

    Co-requisite: enrollment in the optional Provence and Occitània Tour.

  • Spring
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    Le cours de littérature générale est un parcours panoramique et chronologique dans la littérature français moderne. Il s’agit, en effet d’aborder différents genres et courants littéraires qui ont construit la littérature et la pensée modernes françaises, dans un certain nombre de relations étroites avec l’histoire des arts et éclairés en particulier par le contexte littéraire et culturel lyonnais. Le cours initie les étudiants à la lecture de textes du moyen âge au XXIe siècle et aborde leurs problématiques esthétiques synchroniques et diachroniques.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level French

  • Spring
    History Political Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The creation of the European Union will go down in history as one of the most remarkable political achievements of the Twentieth Century. At every stage of European integration, the United States played a key role in promoting policies, favoring certain nations over others, lobbying for specific models of organization and governance and checking European ambitions in other parts of the world.

    In 2019, in the wake of Brexit, of Donald Trump’s election in the United States, of Emmanuel Macron’s attempt to seize European leadership, with the rise of anti-European populist movements throughout the continent, Europe and France are faced with the most serious challenge of their history, a challenge that will test the resilience and legitimacy of its institutions and the ability of its leaders to invent a new, more democratic form of governance. To a large degree, the future of Europe is tied to the nature of the new relation it will build with the United States.

  • Spring
    Art Journalism 200-level 1 credit Taught in French

    Regards sur la ville : une approche de la photographie pour découvrir un environnement urbain, se l’approprier et partager sa vision. Construire une mémoire commune à partir de regards individuels différents.

    Taught in French with some English, but appropriate for all.

  • Spring
    Art French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    This course covers the history and artistry of the French bande dessinée and several related forms: the traditional comic, the graphic novel, sequential art, and editorial/political drawings. We will focus on how BDs reflect cultural constructions of identity and consider the emergence of a variety of forms and genres that have appeared since the beginning of the twentieth century. Themes will range from humor to French national identity, political cartoons, gender studies, war, and crime stories, all while focusing mainly on how the French look at the world and themselves through this medium. Readings will be in French.

    Taught in French, but appropriate for all.

Field Studies

Optional field studies are an excellent way to deepen your academic experience abroad. During your 1-credit field study course, you will participate in carefully planned excursions that allow you to explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of France. These field experiences, combined with required academic components such as readings, research, and written assignments, will increase your understanding of the sites and locales visited and provide you with a depth of knowledge that would otherwise be unavailable.

Field studies are part of your larger academic program, with specific learning objectives, course materials, and outlines detailed in the course syllabus. As an experiential learning method, field studies provide you with opportunities to learn in new ways, to gain hands-on experience, and to connect your classroom learning to the world around you.

To participate, you must enroll in the field study course and complete all assigned work. These courses cannot be audited and count toward your credit load. Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

For more information about field study options, see the Lyon tour and field study page.

Internships

USAC in-person and virtual internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. Whether onsite or virtually, you will work closely with a USAC Resident Director (RD), an internship coordinator, and a professional supervisor to gain valuable experience and skills that can be applied to your chosen career field. Internships are also a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of France, deepen your cross-cultural understanding, and help you develop intercultural communication and language skills in an internationally focused organization or other professional work setting.

Among the many benefits of an internship experience, USAC in-person and virtual internships help you

  • Learn about a career that matches your academic and personal interests
  • Gain practical, hands-on experience
  • Master highly sought-after soft skills such as time management, teamwork, and problem solving
  • Build a network of professional contacts
  • Improve your resume
  • Cultivate intercultural communication skills that are essential in a globalized workforce
  • Develop an understanding of the workplace norms, expectations, and culture of France

For eligibility requirements and application information, see the USAC internship page.

For more information about placement options, see the Lyon internship page.

French as Foreign Language Exams

As an official examination center, the ILCF (Institut de Langue et Culture Françaises) of Université Catholique de Lyon offers French proficiency exams at all levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. All students take the Diplôme Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises (DUEF) examination at the end of the program; the exam fee is included in the program fee.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer Session I (4 weeks): Open

Summer Session II (5 weeks): Open

Summer Session I&II (9 weeks): Open

Fall/Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

Eligibility

Summer:

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

Semester:

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

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

Summer: 65 students

Semester: 70 students

Instruction

English | French

Member

APUAF -- Association des Programmes Universitaires Américaines en France

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