The MU International Center sponsors this summer, faculty-led study abroad program in collaboration with the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Megan Moore, assistant professor of French, and Dan Sipe, associate professor of French studies, will lead this six-credit program in Lyon, France.
During the program, you will live and study French language and culture in Lyon, and attend tours of restaurants, local food producers, museums, Roman ruins and churches in and around the city. Surrounded by verdant hills at the confluence of the Rhône and Saone rivers, Lyon has long been the gastronomic capital of France. For centuries the farms, vineyards and pastures that dot the countryside have provided a seemingly infinite source of sustenance and variety to this thriving commercial and trade center. The program offers a venue in which to improve your mastery of the French language through coursework and immersive homestays while you sample some of Lyon's gastronomic delights.
You will enroll in one of the following tracks depending upon your level of ability for a total of six credit hours. Some courses will be taught by Sciences-U faculty members.
You will be enrolled in actual MU courses. You are guaranteed to receive MU credit for successfully completed courses; however, you must work with your academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how courses might fulfill degree requirements.
MU students: Grades will calculate into your MU GPA and appear on your MU transcript when grades are recorded by the faculty program director. You must work with your academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.
Non-MU/visiting students: Transcripts will be issued from MU and can be mailed to your home university. You must work with your home university to determine how credit from the program will transfer. The MU International Center will issue one transcript per student to one domestic address, as indicated on your Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.
Sciences-U Lyon is a nationally recognized private educational organization that offers courses in a variety of subjects from the French language to computing. Located in Lyon's city center, the school is easily accessible and near many of the city's main attractions. Science-U's newly constructed building provides students with many amenities including internet access at the computer lab.
You will be provided with homestays in Lyon. Homestays will provide breakfast and dinner seven days a week and laundry service once a week. Each homestay has been carefully selected in order to accommodate your specific needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation.
Lyon is a busy metropolitan city, rich in culture and history dating back to Roman times. Lyon was once the capital of the Gallo-Roman Empire, and as the current capital of the Rhône-Alpes region, Lyon is the second largest metropolitan area in France, after Paris. The perfect blend of city and countryside, Lyon provides a balanced view of contemporary life in France.
Lyon's extensive forms of art and architecture preserve its history and influence its future. You can attribute the numerous art galleries and fashion houses found in Lyon today to its past as a center for trade and artistic development. The city is known for its Roman ruins and extensive network of covered walkways (traboules) that were created during the Renaissance. During this time Lyon was not only the origin of the early printing press and frescoes in France, but was also a hub of the silk industry that continues to flourish today. The picturesque streets and well-preserved architecture of the Old Renaissance quarter of the old city (Vieux-Lyon) remain an active part of the city and the quarter is considered to be an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city is also known as the Gastronomic Capital of France. Of particular note are the bouchons Lyonnais, which are informal restaurants that provide delicious and traditional regional dishes at a great value. The region is also famous for its Beaujolais wine and delicious chocolates from Berachon and Voisin confiseurs.
Built on the banks of the two rivers Le Rhône and La Saône, Lyon is surrounded by hills that offer beautiful views of the city. Two of the most well known are Fourvière with its basilica, called "the praying hill," and La Croix Rousse, called "the working hill," with its silk factories. Lyon has many scenic paths through parks, riverbanks or Roman ruins, as well as a modern tram, bus and metro system that provides an inexpensive way to navigate the city quickly.
Lyon is a vibrant city, where welcoming people help balance out its large size. The city provides an ideal location to improve your use of the French language and knowledge of French culture while experiencing some of the best food, art and architecture in France.
You will travel with the group, but will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during your time abroad. Travel might include:
Faculty-led programs enrich the study abroad experience as well as the MU campus by providing students opportunities to study other cultures and disciplines in depth while gaining new perspectives on our own society. Faculty leaders serve as mentors, role-models and resources as students explore their host institution and country.
Megan Moore holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan and is a specialist in medieval Mediterranean culture. She is interested in how travel and cross-cultural exchange help mold people's identities, and her research focuses on women and cross-cultural marriage around the Mediterranean. An avid cook and baker (and oenophile!), Moore is excited to leverage her various experiences traveling and working in France to bring students in touch with French culture through its food. She feels that Lyon is a perfect combination of laid-back southern charm and sophisticated foodie culture, with much to offer students who spend the summer sharing meals, improving their French and broadening their horizons in one of France's top cities.
Dan Sipe is an associate professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at MU. He teaches courses in French literature, culture and language with a concentration in the 19th century. Sipe holds Ph.D.s from the University of Minnesota and the University of Strasbourg. A product of study abroad himself, Sipe has been leading groups abroad for more than a decade, where he continues to enjoy facilitating the incredible personal and intellectual transformations that learning in France inevitably brings about.
In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.
Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.
If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.
Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.
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Summer faculty-led programs fill up quickly! Submit your application by the early acceptance date to ensure preferred consideration for admission and to be eligible for International Center scholarship funds reserved for early acceptance applicants. Applications are still welcome after the early acceptance date, but must be received by the final application deadline for consideration.
We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.
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