Lyon, France - La représentation de Lyon dans la littérature

FREN 420 | 3 Credits

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Extended Application Deadline to February 22, 2023

About the Program

This course is led by Caroline Lebrec, Faculty of Arts

  • Dates: May 31, 2023 – June 16, 2023
  • Travel dates: May 30 – June 16, 2023
  • Format: In person
  • Locations visited: Lyon, France
  • Approximate program fees: $2000 - $2500.00 (plus tuition and flights)
  • Funding: All qualifying students will receive a $1,000 Go Global Award. We encourage students with financial need or other barriers to going abroad to apply for the Global Pathfinder Award. See Program Fees and Costs for more details.
About the Course                                                                                                               

This is an intensive 3-week course in Lyon that takes students outside of the classroom to engage in the course material in a real-world setting. Offered in French, this course explores the vibrant literary culture of Lyon, through visits, museums and documents such as essay, novels, comics and movies. Why Lyon? Lyon is the capital of many things. It used to be the French capital during the Roman Empire (Lugdunum) and the European capital of the silk industry (les Canuts). Its traboules defeated the nazis during the Occupation. It is the world capital of the gastronomy since 1935. More recently, it has been elected « French capital of biodiversity » in 2019. "Lyon Capitale" is also the name of a local newspaper, a local radio, and a local TV channel. This course will expose students to the many sides of Lyon capital (gastronomy, biodiversity, industry, ideology, literary) and of Lyon heritage (UNESCO heritage since 1998) in order to answer the question: What made and makes Lyon a literary vibrant topics across the ages? French author and Lyon expert Paul Fournel will led the creative writing workshop embedded in this course. 

Experience in the Field

Students can expect to have class between 9am – 3pm Monday through Thursday with deadlines on Fridays. Outside of classroom time, students will have planned visits to museums, tours, workshops, and various other activities.  

Eligibility Requirements
General Global Seminar requirements

To participate in a Global Seminar, students must: 

  • Be in good-standing in their faculty (I.e. not be under academic or non-academic discipline) 
  • Have full-time status in the year leading up to the Global Seminar 
  • Have completed 1st year requirements before the start of the program (i.e. 2nd, 3rd or 4th year standing) 
  • Have at least a 70% academic average in your last full-time academic session before applying 
  • Maintain a 70% academic average leading up to the program 
  • Meet any program specific requirements listed below including pre-requisites before participating 

Students who wish to participate in the summer after graduating may be eligible on a case-by-case basis.

Program-specific requirements

The prerequisites for this course is minimum CEFR B2 level. Students may be required to have an interview or language assessment with the program director before selection is confirmed.
For example:

  • One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402

Final selection will be done by the lead faculty program directors. Spots in the program may be limited. 

Students minoring or majoring in French may be prioritized for selection.

Program Fees and Costs
Approximate program fees: $2000.00 - $2500.00*

*The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program.  

  • Accommodation  
  • Program- related travel in-country; (e.g. buses)  
  • Excursions and entrance fees  
  • Some group meals  
  • On-site guest lectures
Not Included:  
  • Flights*  
  • UBC tuition for credits  
  • Visa/country entrance fees  
  • Health or travel insurance  
  • Personal spending money*  

*Some examples of incidentals are: personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the Program Fee, immunizations, Visas, etc.  

Travel to Lyon is a separate cost.  You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. 

We encourage students with financial need or other barriers to going abroad to apply for the Global Pathfinder Award by November 4. Successful candidates will receive a $2000 award towards a Global Seminar program, and will be notified before the program application is due on December 13. See the Go Global Awards page for more information on the application process.


Students will have arrangements with host families.

Application Deadline 

Extended Application Deadline to January 26, 2023 (11:59pm PST)

How to Apply 

Students apply through the Go Global Gateway. Applications will open in early October. Go to “search experiences” from the top menu, search “GSP,” then press “apply search.” Scroll down to the program you wish to apply to and select Apply for “Summer” to initiate an application.

After the deadline, students’ applications will be reviewed by Go Global and the faculty program directors. You may be asked to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.

Global Seminars Refund Policy

To withdraw from your program, you must contact Go Global by email to request a withdrawal.  You will not be charged until you officially accept your spot in the program.  Refunds cannot be issued after the program fee is charged to your SSC account. 

In the case of withdrawal, Go Global Award funding must be returned in full.

If you have questions, please connect with your Go Global advisor or email Go Global at

Student Safety Abroad and Pre-Departure Policy

UBC is committed to preparing students for safe and successful international experiences. In order to achieve this, any student participating in a Go Global Program must complete the following:

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.

We encourage you to read the Global Affairs Canada travel report for your destination country before applying:

Global Seminars and COVID-19

Students and faculty are required to comply with the entry requirements of the host country, regulations of transportation carriers, and any local public health orders in the destination. These rules may require COVID-19 vaccination for entry or to participate in certain program activities, testing requirements, masking requirements, and/or isolation in case of infection. Alternatively, where isolation due to infection is not required by local health authorities and students are sharing accommodations isolation may be a challenge. We encourage you to review local requirements before applying and before departure. Check out the Global Affairs Canada Advisory ( under Entry Requirements for your Global Seminar destination to learn more.  Keep in mind that program conditions can vary and these rules can change before or during your trip.

Once it becomes closer to the departure date, the group will be informed of all updated local requirements and COVID-19 safety plans for the Global Seminar.


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodations, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of the program:

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