Dr Robert Blackwood has recently been to the city of Lyon to visit one of Modern Languages & Cultures’ Erasmus partners in France. Jean Moulin Université de Lyon III is one of the department’s half a dozen Erasmus student exchange partners in France, and has long been one of the most popular destinations for students of French spending one or two semesters of their year abroad in a French-speaking country.
Lyon, France’s third city, is also one of France’s main university cities, and the three universities in the city mean that only Paris and Marseilles boast higher numbers of students. Lyon III is based in a converted cigarette factory in the east end of the city, and focuses on subjects within the arts and humanities.
During this visit, Dr Blackwood met with the three Liverpool students currently studying at Lyon III: Manja Drasler, Eleanor Parker-Coates and Charlotte Hughes. Manja and Eleanor are in Lyon for the whole academic year, whilst Charlotte moves on to Spain in semester two.
The three of them have enrolled in a range of modules, ranging from history and translation through to the mandatory French-Erasmus-students and French civilisation modules.
Dr Blackwood also had the opportunity to meet with academic and professional services colleagues at Lyon III to discuss module provision, pastoral oversight, and the extension of their English-language teaching portfolio, which might be of interest to colleagues across Histories, Languages & Cultures.