BBA from the American university and the CEFAM Degree, certified Level I by the French government


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:


  • A Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – Conferred by the AACSB accredited university students attend during their 4th year
  • The CEFAM degree, certified Level I by the French government, “Manager des organisations à l’international” (inscription au RNCP paru au JO du 21/04/2017, Code nsf 310m)

4 years

Full Time



The BBA is the degree of reference in the United States for undergraduate programs.

The modular program design and the practical experience gained in company internships give graduates many career choices and allow them to follow a truly personalized program when choosing their professional itinerary.

Through the CEFAM program, students can spend their fourth and final year at one of our American partner universities. In the United States, students have access to many different majors, including:

  • Marketing,
  • Finance,
  • Entrepreneurship,
  • International Business,
  • Management,
  • Communication,
  • Human Resources,
  • Risk Management,
  • Logistics and Supply Chain,
  • Management of Information-Systems,
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management.

At the end of this 4th year, students obtain both the BBA from the American university they attended and the CEFAM Degree, certified Level I by the French government.

Fourth Year at CEFAM


If students complete their 4th year at CEFAM, they obtain a degree certified Level II by the French government.

After completing their 4th year in France or in the United States, CEFAM graduates can continue their education with an MBA or MS degree in one of our partner universities or anywhere in the world.



The U.S. Consulate in Lyon is proud to partner with CEFAM to broaden the understanding in France of U.S. values, culture, and society and bolster Franco-American friendship.  For over 30 years, CEFAM has provided students a unique, bi-coastal perspective that prepares them well for today’s globalized marketplace.  CEFEAM’s international faculty expose their students to a wide range of viewpoints and challenge them to think independently while developing essential analytical and project management skills necessary for success in today’s competitive business environment.


CEFAM students enter the job market with better language skills, a broader understanding of international business, and an improved ability to work in a multinational environment as a result of their studies abroad.  I have been extremely impressed by the students’ maturity as I’ve worked with them on various projects.  I strongly encourage prospective students to consider carefully the advantages a dual-degree program such as CEFAM would give them over a more traditional program when entering an increasingly competitive job market.  You won’t regret having this edge over the competition nor the life-changing experience of acquiring it!

Rebecca J. Kimbrell

Consul - Consulat des Etats-Unis - Lyon, France




CEFAM helped me develop my competitive nature while at the same time encouraging me to remain open-minded and consider all my options before acting. This young and dynamic institution has been able, through its original and captivating methods, to transform young students into young executives.


Just like good wine, CEFAM continues to improve with age and I hope all the future generations will have as much fun learning and we did.

Vincent Gérard

CEO of Gérard et Péysson - CEFAM Alumnus – Pace 2008

It has been my great honor and privilege to work with so many outstanding CEFAM students over the years who have completed their BBA degree at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. They greatly enriched our classes.


They excelled academically receiving their Pace degree with distinction. Our faculty has always had excellent things to say about the CEFAM students in their classes, which is a tribute to the quality education that the students receive at CEFAM. I am very proud of my involvement in the partnership that Pace has shared with CEFAM for more than 25 years.


I look forward to many more years of working together with CEFAM colleagues in educating talented students for successful careers in business.

Lynne Byrne

Pace University

CEFAM represents consistency, stability, credibility, and especially success.


For me, CEFAM is a school that allows its students to discover other cultures, encourages openminded attitudes, and provides an international focus that is necessary in today’s world!

Gil Eyraud

CEO of the Beaujolais Golf Club - CEFAM AlumnUS - Old Dominion University 1991