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Study abroad at CEFAM

CEFAM is a French-American business school (Centre d’Etudes Franco-Américain de Management) located in Lyon, France offering dual business degrees taught 100% in English. Students spend the first 3 years on the CEFAM campus, and a fourth-year at one of our partner universities in the USA or Canada.

CEFAM's partners are Northeastern, Temple, Rider, Siena, Pace, and the University of New Brunswick (UNB). The CEFAM degree is a general International Management degree, and the US degree is in whichever major you choose from the CEFAM partner university.

The business school aims to educate future decision-makers and managers who will use their skills in international companies after graduation. The city of Lyon has become a major European hub for culture and commerce, and a top city for students, yet still has the feel of a smaller town in parts, making it perfect for students new to France.

University campus in multiple locations

Why study at CEFAM

  • Member of the AACSB

    CEFAM is a member of the AACSB, and students receive the AACSB accredited BBA when they finish the dual degree program

  • Small class sizes

    learning can be student-focused and personalized



47 Rue du Sergent Michel Berthet, 69009 Lyon

Lyon is the second largest metropolitan area in France. The 2000 year old historic center is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site; with artistic creativity and cultural activities abound.

Fees and funding

CEFAM’s academic program, based on the American model, allows students a large amount of flexibility in organizing their program. Students may take anywhere from 4 to 7 courses per semester and adapt the semester costs accordingly. A 3-credit course is billed 636 euros


  • Students who make the Dean’s list are eligible to have one class paid for per semester (approx €636) as long as they maintain the required 3.3 GPA for the Dean’s List.
  • Students who prepay an entire semester are eligible for a slight discount
  • CEFAM students complete two internships during the first three years; the first is 2 months, and the second is 6 months. Most of these internships are carried out internationally. Examples of past internships are Chanel, NBC Universal, Olympique Lyonnais, and Mercedes Benz.

Scholarships and Financing at CEFAM in Lyon

Several solutions exist to help you finance your education at CEFAM:

  • Adapting your schedule and course load to be able to work part-time
  • Partnerships with banks for loans at preferential rates and many other advantages
  • Personalized financing plans available with installments
  • Honor scholarships awarded each year
  • Erasmus grants for European internships
  • Student jobs

Scholarships and Financing for the United States

Several solutions exist to help you finance your education in the United States:

  • Scholarships are available from the Auvergne Rhone-Alps region to help finance your academic year in the United States
  • Merit scholarships are awarded to CEFAM students based on their academic results when they transfer to a partner university, ranging from €1,000 to €23,000
  • Partnerships with banks for preferential rates

Fee information

  • Undergraduate tuition

    €10,384 on average per year

Visa requirements for CEFAM

Many international students will require a visa to study in France, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

Life at CEFAM

CEFAM is built on the basis of being international. In keeping with the American university model, the extracurricular activities make up a large part of student life. Participating in activities offers an exceptional opportunity to meet others for friendship or professional contacts.

Each CEFAM student is involved in one or more cultural, athletic, humanitarian or event-based activity each year they attend the school.


  • Clubs & Organisations
    • 12 Clubs & Organizations
  • Food & Restaurants
    • 1 Cafe’s
    • 1 Restaurants
    • 1 Bars
  • IT Support
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs

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What CEFAM says

  • Profile of Rachel Stowe
    Rachel Stowe
    Rachel Stowe says:

    At CEFAM, the core of our instruction is globalizing the worldview of our students, for them to live an intercultural experience every day, professionally and personally, to become thriving international managers.

    With a small student body in the student-centered city of Lyon, CEFAM international students integrate very quickly into the CEFAMily as well as their newfound home. The CEFAMily extends beyond our student body into our multinational faculty and staff who are at the ready to serve our students.

    Small class sizes and one-on-one office hours allow for high-quality academic preparation, and international student services are available at all times, ensuring our students are receiving high-quality assistance. It is truly an ideal setting for students choosing to receive their education abroad.

    CEFAM's dual degree program is invaluable. The opportunity to receive credentials both from Europe and North America in four years truly paves the way toward a global career.

    With partners like Northeastern University, Temple University, Pace University, University of New Brunswick, Siena College, and Rider University, both the CEFAM and the partner degrees are highly regarded internationally. This unique academic path, at an incredibly reasonable cost, is what sets CEFAM apart.

    Our international student services office is finely tailored to serve our students from the day of acceptance until they graduate. From the pre-arrival logistics of applying for a student visa and securing housing, to the on-the-ground support of opening a bank account and purchasing a transit pass, our coordinator is involved in every area the student needs. We also have student ambassadors ready to assist incoming students as they learn about their new community. In keeping with the American/Canadian university model, CEFAM includes extracurricular activities to offer opportunities to meet others to build social and professional networks. CEFAM has a 93% placement rate measured 3 months after graduation. CEFAM alumni work in Project Management, Fashion Marketing, Audit, Logistics, Finance, and the list goes on. Our alumni footprint is in over 60 countries, and our graduates maintain an incredibly strong database and network with both other CEFAM graduates as well as the graduates of the partner university they attended.