lyon, france

International Business Program - Lyon France



Program Description

All FAU undergraduates are invited to this 3-week international business program focused on food and wine in Lyon, France, one of the gastronomic capitals of the world. The program will see International Business in action, focusing on the food and wine industry based in France. It will include some classroom lectures taught in English by FAU faculty and visits to local food and wine industry participants such as vineyards, olive groves, food markets, wine producers, food manufacturers, farms and restaurants. Students will receive an inclusive program of housing, activities, excursions, some meals and 24-hour on the ground support from local team in France. Students will earn 3 credits toward their FAU degree. Knowledge of French is not a requirement.  Please join us for this delightful program!

Program Dates and Deadlines:
Term Year Application Deadline
(or as space permits)
Start Date/Check-in End Date/Check-out
Summer 2024 February 29, 2024 June 20, 2024 July 12, 2024

Program fee payment deadline:
See details below in program cost section. Program fees cannot be deffered. Plan accordingly. 

Information Sheet

Open to All academic disciplines
Language of Instruction English
Level of Study Undergraduate 
Credit Offered FAU credits
Program Primary Subject Business Management & Marketing
Sponsoring College College of Business


Program Course Offerings:

  • MAN 3600: International Business (3 credits)

Course Eligibility & Requirements:

Students who do not qualify for MAN 3600 as determined by the College of Business Executive Director of Student Academic Services, Kimberly Paulus, will instead take the course as MAN 4957 - Management Study Abroad (3 credits)

Program Eligibility & Requirement

  • Must have a 2.5 overall GPA at the time of application
  • Must be in good academic standing at the time of application
  • Must be eligible to take FAU courses during the study abroad program term
  • See Policies & Procedures page for more information

Contact a program leader for information on the academic course offerings and program itinerary. The individuals listed below will be leading the program in Spain.

For information on the study abroad application, contact the Education Abroad Advisor listed below. 

Primary Faculty Leader: Dr. Joseph Patton, Brendan Richardson, Associate Director, Education Abroad

Co-Faculty Leader: Kimberly Paulus,

Phone number: 561-297-3227




Travel Documentation

*Important notice* Passport processing times have changed. Review up-to-date details HERE.

Routine processing times can take 10-13 weeks, and expedited applications in 7-9 weeks. Processing times begin when your application is received by a passport agency or center, and do not include mailing times. It may take up to 2 weeks for your application to be received by passport agency, and up to 2 weeks for you to receive your completed passport after agency mails it to you. Therefore, you should add an additional 4 weeks to you passport application processing time. 

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you are traveling anywhere abroad, you need a passport to board an international flight and to enter the country. Passport cards will not be accepted as form of I.D. You may be denied boarding if you travel with a passport that appears damaged or altered.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least six months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Check the Country Information to learn about entry and exit requirements for the country or countries in which you are traveling.  

If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you need to renew your passport, or you have any other passport questions, you can find information on the Travel.State.Gov website. In addition, several U.S. Embassies and Consulates provide information to assist applicants in collecting the documentation needed. For a list of Embassies, please visit U.S.


Situated a the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers, Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its Renaissance architecture and culinary prowess. The city boasts landmarks like the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourviere and intricate traboules, perfect for history enthusiasts. Renowed as France's gatrnonomic capital, Lyon offers sumptuous meals at quaint bouchons and charming cafes. 


Students have an option of staying with a French host family or residential accommodation. Homestay option will allow students a room in home with access to kitchen and home amenities. Students staying in residential accommodation will live in fully equipped studio with easy access to public transport. 


Money Matters

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information 

  • Students participating on FAU Faculty-led Programs may use eligible financial aid.
  • Program participants may be eligible to apply for the FAU Education Abroad Scholarship
  • See additional scholarship and funding information here.


Program Cost

$3,496.00 program fee + tuition for the required program summer course(s). FAU in-state or out-of-state rates apply. 

Program fee payment deadlines: 
1ST PAYMENT:       $1,498 due 30 days from application acceptance or by February 29 (whichever comes first)
2ND PAYMENT:      $1,998 final balance due by March 15

Note: program fee payments cannot be deferred. Accepted participants will receive detailed payment instructions from the Education Abroad team via email prior to each payment deadline. 

Program Fee Includes:

  • Accommodations from check-in through check-out date
  • International medical insurance
  • Airport pick-up in Lyon and on-site orientation
  • Group welcome and farewell meals
  • Weekly activities such as cooking class, walking tour, river cruise on Saone
  • Excursions to Annecy and other sites within Lyon
  • Guest speakers
  • Classroom space in Lyon

Activities and excursions are subject to change by faculty leader or program provider/vendor if needed. All efforts would be made to provide a replacement activity or excursion.

Program Fee Does Not Include :

  • $200 administrative fee paid at time of application submission
  • International flight
  • Tuition for courses/credits taken on program (FAU in-state and out-of-state rates apply)
  • Personal meals outside the family accommodation (such as at restaurants)
  • Personal spending money

Health & Safety

International health and travel insurance

All FAU students participating on an FAU Faculty-led Program will be registered in international health and travel insurance coverage through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). This mandatory insurance ensures that students have access to medical and emergency support services while abroad. This is included in the program cost.


    1. Reduced risk of denied entry if a country requires vaccination for entry
    2. Reduced risk of having to get vaccinated abroad if it becomes mandatory in the country of study
    3. Reduced risk of denied acceptance to one of our foreign universities
    4. Reduced risk of denied acceptance into campus housing or host accommodations abroad
    5. Reduced risk of spreading COVID-19 and its variants to other parts of the world, including the communities where we have programs
    6. Reduced risk of contracting COVID-19 while abroad, which could lead to missed classes and excursions, mandatory quarantine or isolation, and other disruptions to the program
    7. Increases student access to local events, services, and travel while abroad
    8. Provides more flexibility in planning study abroad extracurricular activities, including excursions
    9. The WHO and U.S. CDC agree that the vaccine helps reduce the risk of serious illness and helps prevent the spread of COVID-19
    10. Alongside our other prevention measures, the vaccine significantly increases protection for FAU faculty, staff, students, and international partners

Regarding increased access because of being vaccinated, please be aware that businesses and services may legally restrict access to exclude unvaccinated individuals. Local ordinances may allow the same. In such cases, FAU won’t be able to intervene or advocate on your behalf.