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  • Locations: Lyon, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Language of Instruction: French
Housing Options: Homestay Program Type: Faculty-Led
Areas of Study: French Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
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Faculty-Led French Language Summer in Lyon

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UMKC Faculty-Led Program

(Applicant Requirement: 1-2 semesters of college French earning a B or better).

An immersion program at the Centre International d'Études Françaises (C.I.E.F.) at the Université de Lyon II.
Dates: June 4 - July 13, 2018
6 week program

Study French in France's Gastronomic Capital.
Live with a French family and receive 9 credit hours (3 UMKC and 6 transferred in from the C.I.E.F.)!

All 9 credits will go towards your
UMKC major or minor!

UMKC Faculty Leaders:

Dr. Kathy Krause and Dr. Lindsy Myers
Dr. Krause is a professor of Medieval and Renaissance French literature and culture. Dr. Myers is a professor of French linguistics. They have co-led the program multiple times and are delighted to share their appreciation of French culture, and the city of Lyon, with students.
Program Information: 

The UMKC Lyon Summer Study Abroad Program is a six-week, homestay experience, June 4 – July 13, 2018. Students from UMKC or any other university should have completed the equivalent of at least one year of college French and should have a minimum French GPA of 2.5. At the end of program, students will have engaged significantly with aspects of Lyon history and culture, including its UNESCO world heritage sites and famed Guignol puppet theater. They will also have improved their French communication skills through extensive practice and coursework.

The program’s coursework includes a UMKC French culture course taught by professors Krause and Myers that all program students take (3 credit hours), and French language courses taught by faculty at the Université Lumière-Lyon 2’s Centre International d’Études Françaises. Students will be placed in courses that incorporate grammar, pronunciation, writing and culture at their linguistic level. Electives might include classes on theater, gastronomy, the architecture of Lyon, sports, etc. (6 credit hours).
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  • Guided visits to cultural sites in Lyon as part of the UMKC class.
  • Excursions to regional sites. In past years, trips have included Burgundy, the Alps (Annecy) and Avignon/Provence. 
  • Student lounge with Internet access, newspapers, information on cultural events, etc
  • Other activities include picnics, sports, theater trips, etc. organized by the C.I.E.F. according to student interest.

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Two-week intensive courses on French Language and Culture: The first two weeks are an intensive program designed specially for our students by the UMKC and Lyon faculty.

Four-week C.I.E.F. courses: Students of all levels take grammar and conversation courses. In addition, students choose from a variety of culture, writing or literature mini-course offerings.

French Civilization III: Lyon, Crossroads of France and Europe (3 credit hours). This class explores the culture and history of France, through the city of Lyon.  In summer 2018, we will focus on two key moments in Lyonnais culture: the historical moment known as the Renaissance and the Guignol puppet theater created in the 19th century and named for its main character.  The two are linked by Lyon’s most famous industry, silk weaving, which began in the Renaissance and whose workers, known as “canuts,” were the focus of the original Guignoays. The course will include in-class discussion, historic and literary readings, visits to monuments, museums, and Guignol plays, and of course your work! This interdisciplinary class will be taught in French by Dr. Krause and Myers and adapted to the level of the students. 

Graduate Courses

The C.I.E.F. offers a specific module (72 hours) for graduate students who will be teaching French as a Foreign Language. Students will learn about new pedagogies and integrating technology, project-based work, theater, and creativity into language classes. The differences between teaching methodologies in France and the United States will prove extremely interesting and useful for graduate students. Students will learn and practice new techniques that are quite different than those taught here in the US. In addition, students will interact with native French speakers as well as French teachers from other countries, which will provide them with opportunities to greatly improve their fluency in French. This module costs a bit more than the normal fees for graduate students. For more information, please contact the program director.

To maximize opportunities for language practice and cultural exchange, students live and eat (breakfast and dinner) with families selected by our housing specialists in Lyon. The Tollet family has been matching up American students and French families for several American university programs in Lyon for over 30 years. 
The families are chosen for their desire to share French culture and life with our students. The home stay is an invaluable aspect of the program as students gain first-hand experience and appreciation of French culture. Host families and their students often develop strong friendships that endure long past the end of the program.
ESTIMATED Program Costs (2018)*
Budget Item Amount
Program Fee Payments (Online payments via credit card)
Program Deposit Due by application deadline of February 15, 2018 ($50 refundable if not accepted into program) $100
Program First Payment Due by March 31, 2018 (1st of 3 home stay payments) $500
Program Second Payment Due by April 30, 2018 (2nd of 3 home stay payments) $500
Credit Card Program Fee Subtotal  $1,100
Items Posted to UMKC Student Bill (Pathway)
UMKC 3 credits Tuition(Resident Undergraduate)* $1,307
Program Fee (UMKC Students)** $425
Lyon 2 CIEF 6 credits $933
Homestay (includes 2 meals/day) (3rd of 3 payments) $700
UMKC Globetrotter Subscription (Study Abroad App) $100
UMKC Student Bill Subtotal: $3,465
Additional Independent Expenses
Passport $110
Required GeoBlue International Health Insurance(per 30 days) $35
Books & Class Materials $15
Personal Expenses $300
Accommodations Included
Meals $300
In-Country Travel $200
Round Trip Airfare $1,700
Additional Independent Expenses Subtotal: $2,660
Total ESTIMATED Program Cost: $7,175
*SS 18 fees for graduate students who choose the pedagogy module will be $2,520.
*Spending money, food/meals, miscellaneous, and transportation costs will vary according to personal preference and should be included in budget planning.
*Budget estimates are subject to change upon partner fee increases and/or a fluctuation of exchange rates

*UMKC tuition rates are based on students' individual degree programs. The figure above is an estimate based on resident, undergraduate enrollment
See the UMKC Fee Estimator 
**Non-UMKC student Program Fee is $675

Payment Deadlines: Payment Page

1. February 15, 2018$100 online (credit card) program deposit

  • The deposit needs to be made prior to completing the application. Your application will not be considered complete without proof of this payment uploaded to your Globetrotter Application Portal
  • If accepted to the program, the $100 deposit will be applied to the program cost
  • If not accepted to the program, $50 of the program deposit will be refunded

2. March 31, 2018First online (credit card) payment of $500 due (non-refundable) (1st of 3 homestay payments)

3. April 30, 2018 – Second online (credit card) payment of $500 due (non-refundable) (2nd of 3 homestay payments)

4. Approximately May 19, 2018: The final balance will be posted to your UMKC student account (Pathway). UMKC's Office of Cashiers and Collections will send you an email and direct you on how to make the final balance payment. This final balance includes:

  • Tuition for 3 UMKC credit hours (approximately $1,307* for resident undergraduates) for summer session
  • The 3rd of 3 homestay payments, $700 
  • Six credits hours at Lyon 2 CIEF, $933
  • Program fee of $425 ($625 for non-UMKC students). 
  • $50 UMKC Globetrotter Application Subscription (non-UMKC students will submit this payment as part of the application).

*SS 18 fees for graduate students who choose the pedagogy module will be $2,520
*Spending money, food/meals, miscellaneous, and transportation costs will vary according to personal preference and should be included in budget planning
*Budget estimates are subject to change upon partner fee increases or a fluctuation of the exchange rate
*UMKC tuition rates are based on students' individual degree programs. The figure above is an estimate based on resident, undergraduate enrollment
See the UMKC Fee Estimator
**Non-UMKC student Program Fee is $675

UMKC Faculty Leaders:

Dr. Kathy M. Krause
Professor of French
Dept of Foreign Languages & Literatures
Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City

Dr. Lyndsy Myers
Associate Teaching Professor of French
Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City

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