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Intensive French Language Summer Program
Lyon, France

Lyon, France


Neumann University has partnered with Inflexyon French Language School to offer intensive French courses and an enriching intercultural experience to undergraduate students, all at a reasonable cost. The setting for this summer language program is cosmopolitan Lyon, France.

Program features:

  • Intensive 4-week program = 3 Neumann University French credits (at appropriate level)

  • Courses conducted in French by native French faculty, focusing largely on conversation

  • Housing in centrally located, furnished student residences or with a local host family

  • Cultural, athletic and gastronomic activities each week


Lyon, France

Founded over 2,000 years ago by the Romans, Lyon is located in the Rhône-Alps region of southeastern France, in the foothills of the Alps and a short train ride away from Paris and the Côte d’Azur.  For centuries it served as a hub in European trading routes and to this day it is a major European cultural, research, and trade center.  


Located at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, the city itself is built on a presqu'isle (or peninsula) and on the surrounding river banks.  The old city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the richness of its architecture.  More info on Lyon’s rich cultural scene, history and monuments can be found here.


The School
This intensive French language program is located in the heart of old Lyon at a private language school named Inflexyon.  It is located at 10 rue René Leynaud, a short walk from the Hotel de Ville and the Beaux Arts Museum.  The staff at Inflexyon offer comprehensive support services to their students, including assistance with orientation, academics, housing, and cultural integration.  More information on Inflexyon can be found here.


Lyon, France

Courses Offered
French 101, 102, 201 and 202. Students complete a placement test via email or upon arrival to determine the appropriate language level. All instruction is in French and classes are multinational; students from all over the world travel to Lyon to learn to speak French at Inflexyon. Classes remain small in size in order to offer students the personalized attention needed to encourage rapid French language acquisition.  Inflexyon also provides two cultural activities per week that are designed to provide each student with a deeper appreciation of the rich culture of this region of France (such as food and wine tastings, walking tours, and concerts) and to provide them opportunities to practice their French. Classes meet for three hours per day, Monday through Friday beginning at 10am, leaving students ample time to study and explore the city. Students who successfully complete this four week French course will earn 3 semester credit hours from Neumann University.


Visiting students may opt to live in a student residence or with a local host family.  Both options feature single rooms and are within close proximity of the school. There may be two international students per host family; however each student has his or her own room. 

Lyon, France

Meals and Personal Expenses
Unless students choose to live with a host family where daily breakfast is included, all meals are the students’ own responsibility. While the most economical option is to prepare meals in the residence or host family’s kitchen, Inflexyon does provide information at orientation about local restaurants. Former students suggest that you budget around $200 per week for food, local transportation, postage, laundry, personal expenses, etc. This amount, of course, will vary according to students’ interests, habits and personal tastes.  

Program Staff

Inflexyon’s teaching and administrative staff are readily available to assist students in their transition to life in Lyon, providing academic support as well as assistance with travel logistics and housing.

Air Travel
Students should plan to fly to the Lyon Saint-Exupery International Airport (LYS).  Since there are no direct flights from the US to Lyon, this trip will require a plane change in Paris or London. Please plan to arrive in Lyon on the Sunday before Monday’s class start date. Since flights to Europe are overnight flights, plan to depart the US on a Saturday evening to arrive in France on a Sunday morning. Inflexyon will arrange for an airport pick up for an extra fee of 100 Euros, which is about the same cost as a taxi. Neumann’s ISE staff will be glad to assist with transportation logistics.

This language program is open to all undergraduate students. The minimum GPA for admission is 2.5. An excellent record of personal responsibility and a high level of maturity are also required.  Applicants to Inflexyon’s program should have a demonstrated interest in France, a desire to become proficient in French, and openness to learning about French culture and society. 

Note on grades: In accordance with Neumann course prerequisite requirements, students must receive a grade of C or better in FR 101 to progress to FR 102.

Terms available: Summer (Inflexyon offers short-term courses throughout the year, but no semester-long study abroad program is offered here)

Program Dates:
This four-week program begins at the beginning of each month for all class levels.  Summer 2013 start and end dates are:

May session:      May 13 - June 7
June session:     June 3 - 28
July session:       July 1 - July 26


Program Fees for Summer 2013

Payable Directly to Inflexyon

Tuition (3 credits) and subscription fee

530 Euros (about $720 US)

Payable Directly to Inflexyon
Housing in student residence or with local host family, includes housing application fee

600 Euros (about $815 US)

Additional Estimated Expenses - Payable Directly to Vendor

Passport (valid for 10 years)
$1000 - $1200
Student Visa for France
No visa needed
Supplemental Health Insurance (includes evacuation)
Meals and personal expenses - not including extracurricular travel


Application Procedure – First Steps


1. Apply for a passport

2. Speak with the International Studies Education (ISE) staff

3. Submit completed Neumann University Study Abroad Form and Student Release Agreement to the ISE office

4. Purchase supplemental health insurance policy here and provide proof of insurance to ISE

5. Complete Inflexyon’s on-line enrollment form eight weeks before anticipated program start date.  For ‘speed’, select ‘semi-intensive’. In the comments box, please write ‘Neumann University student.’ Inflexyon requires a 30% deposit at the time of application. The balance must be paid in full before class begins.

For Students from Other U.S. Colleges & Universities

Students from other US colleges and universities who successfully complete this four-week intensive French program are eligible to receive Neumann University transfer credit.  Visiting students must complete the program registration steps below and pay a Non-Matriculated Application fee to Neumann University prior to the program start date. This fee is $100 per credit hour attempted, or $300 per course. Upon successful completion of the program, Neumann University will send one formal transcript, as part of the application fee, to the visiting student’s home institution. This transcript will list course name and level, credit hours and grade received. 

1. Complete Inflexyon’s on-line enrollment form eight weeks before anticipated program start date.  For speed, select ‘semi-intensive’.   In the comment box, please write ‘Request transcript from Neumann University.’  Inflexyon requires a 30% deposit at the time of application.  The balance must be paid in full before class begins.


2. Email Neumann University’s ISE Coordinator (contact info below) to request a ‘Non-Matriculated Application & Registration Form’ and Student Release Agreement

3. Complete form and mail back to ISE Coordinator, along with a check (payable to Neumann University) for the Non-Matriculated Application fee ($100/credit hour) and signed copy of the Student Release Agreement

4. Purchase supplemental health insurance policy here and provide proof of insurance to ISE

5.Submit the above documents to ISE at least one month prior to program start date


For more information contact:


Jen Mintzer
International Studies Education
Neumann University
1 Neumann Drive
Aston, PA 19014
Telephone: 610.358.4547
Fax: 610.361.5214
E-Mail: mintzerj@neumann.edu

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