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.

Jean Michel PERRENOT


4 weeks

29th of April - 2nd of June

1800 Euros/ Session


This 4 week program has been designed to improve students’ French language skills while enriching their knowledge of French and European Cultures. The program offers French and Global Studies courses combined with cultural activities, including a 2 day visit to Paris.

Course Descriptions

Global Studies

With its cultural, historical, and political background, France is the perfect place to take a Global Studies course. Students will attend stimulating seminars on several aspects of not just France’s, but also Europe’s, role in the world. Outside the classroom, a comprehensive series of visits has been organized to artistic and historical destinations, from museums and art galleries to centers portraying vital social and political events. This is a course that by educating, and perhaps surprising students, is bound to broaden intellectual and cultural horizons.

French (pre-intermediate level required)

There is no better place to study a language than in the country where that language is spoken. Our highly reputed teacher takes a very practical approach to teaching the French language. Although time will be spent in the classroom, students will also have guided opportunities outside of the classrooms to experience France first-hand in a practical manner. Students will visit places as diverse as the World Heritage site of Lyon’s Old Town, a typical open-air French market, and Lyon’s finest park.


Activities and Visits

Activities and visits outside of the classroom are also a major component of CEFAM’s summer program. Some options include:

  • Orientation: orientation session, welcome dinner, a reception with
    CEFAM students
  • Visit of Lyon and its 2000-year-old historic center.
  • Cheese tasting activities
  • Day trip to Annecy, a beautiful town in the Savoie region. Annecy is well-known for its beautiful lake and its charming historic center. The trip includes a guided visit of Annecy’s historic center and
  • A farewell dinner


Build your own Summer Program

CEFAM’s summer program can also be customized as needed in order to better suit individual university requirements or preferences. 

You can choose 2 to 3 courses from CEFAM’s coruse offering:

  • ACCT 130 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • ENGL 170 Public Speaking
  • PHIL 130 Dimension of Diversity
  • POLS 210 Issues in International Politics
  • MKTG 210 Introduction to Marketing
  • DSCI 220 Quantitative techniques

CEFAM will consider opening other courses for the summer term not listed above upon request.




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