CEFAM provides a French American business education leading to internationally recognized degrees and global careers.

Established in 1986, CEFAM educates future decision makers and managers who will be putting their skills to work for international companies.

CEFAM strives to combine the best of both the French and the American academic systems:

• Quality education and innovative pedagogical methods

• A modestly-sized school that encourages close working relationships among students, teachers and administration

• Diversity in the courses on offer (liberal arts, marketing, management, accounting, languages and economics)

• CEFAM offers two tracks:

• 4 years in France : the CEFAM degree, certified by the French government

• 3 years in France + 1 year in the United States: Double degree conferred by an AACSB accredited university.

CEFAM’s faculty and staff have one ambition – the academic, professional, and personal success of all their students. Graduates are employed in high level positions throughout the world.


Still today, CEFAM remains the only school that allows all of its students to study in the United States and obtain a degree from a prestigious American university. During their year in the United States, CEFAM students acquire independence, ease, and responsibility.


Considering CEFAM to be an American school in France because English is used in the classroom and its programs are based on an “Anglo-Saxon” format would be an oversimplification, at best. Its mission spreads over the four corners of the world.


CEFAM’s faculty and staff have one ambition – the academic, professional, and personal success of all their students. Our graduates are employed in high level positions throughout the world.

Karine CHAUX



9 weeks

(Mid October - Mid-December)

Earn up to 6 credits


This 9 weeks program has been designed to improve students’ French and English language skills while enriching their knowledge of French and European Cultures. The program offers Intensive French and Business English courses combined with cultural activities, including a French Cuisine lesson.

Get a taste of university life in France and prepare for future study while working towards your future degree, expanding your knowledge, and interacting with university staff and students.

The benefits:

Gain credits towards your future degree

Prepare for university life in France

Course Descriptions

Intensive French Courses : 5 hours/week (9 Weeks)

Business English: 5 hours/week (9 Weeks)

TOTAL: 10 hours a week for 9 weeks

DATES: Mid October – Mid December



Activities and Visits

Activities and visits outside of the classroom are also a major component of CEFAM’s headtstart program. For example:

  • “Discovering Lyon” guided visits:
  • The old city and its hidden passageways;
  • The city’s most popular muséums;
  • Les Halles Paul Boscuse, a world-famous gourmet market;
  • The birth place of cinema (Institut Lumière);
  • Lyon’s famous painted walls;
  • The ornate public rooms of Lyon’s 17th century City Hall.
  • Integration dinner
  • 1 French cuisine lesson




Katherine Depack studied abroad in France for the second time


Studying abroad had always been a desire of mine. Since high school, I wanted to study in France because the teachers and professors who mentored me had grown up with some aspect of French culture in their lives. Their shared experiences fueled my desire to immerse myself into the culture to experience it head on.


CEFAM interested me because I would be able to study business and French simultaneously. I am an entrepreneurship and international business double major, with a minor in French, so a business school in Lyon was right up my alley. CEFAM’s summer semester started when Rider’s finals weeks began. Let’s just say that I had approximately five hours after accommodating sleep to unpack Rider, pack for CEFAM, and get on a plane.


I have previously been to Paris, but not to Lyon. I preferred Lyon because I admire the countryside more than dense city life. Even though Lyon is the second largest city in France, the pace of life was much slower than Paris. I lived in an apartment by myself, which was something I had never done.
During my time abroad, I had the opportunity to participate in events that were part of my program. I loved the cultural trip to Beaune where we learned how to conduct a wine tasting, as well as tour a museum that used to be an ancient hospital. At the end of the semester, the class had the opportunity to visit a company warehouse and learn the interior workings of Intersport, a French sporting goods company.


Overall, my experience abroad was something that I doubt I could ever recreate. The friendships I formed while abroad followed me back home. I enjoyed trying new food (especially bread and desserts), quietly exploring my surroundings and being able to live French culture instead of reading about it.


I miss the ease of traveling across the country within a few hours. It was incredible to witness cultural differences within France’s geographical regions for a day trip.


I loved my experience at CEFAM, and I would gladly attend again if I still had some time before graduating, but being in a classroom does not teach experience. That kind of education is received by going out into the world and embracing it head on.

Katherine Depack