Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be American in order to join the American Club of Lyon?
- Is a US Citizen
- Has resided a minimum of 1 year in the United States
- Is the spouse or recognized partner of a US citizen
- Is or was (or has a spouse who is or was) employed by a US corporation or organization headquartered in the United States or a US government agency for a minimum of 2 years
- Is the parent of a child born in the United States or of US nationality
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The club’s member base is a diverse mix of people from around the world who are interested in maintaining cultural ties with the U.S.
I do not meet the requirements, but I love American culture and want to speak English. Can I still join?
Associate Members must speak fluent English and be sponsored by an Active Member. The admission of Associate Members shall only be effective after validation by the Executive Board which shall check that the above-mentioned admission criteria are fulfilled. The admission of new Associate Members must not bring the total number of Associate Members to more than 10% of the total number of members.
For more information about Associate Membership, visit our Membership page.
If your primary reason for wanting to join is to speak English, there are many English conversational groups available on meetup.com, including the American Club of Lyon’s Coffee Chat. We encourage you to seek out the groups on meetup.com to meet other people passionate about American culture and practicing English.
What are my membership fees being used for?
I am interested in joining your Tuesday Coffee Chat. Do I need to sign up or register?
Can I bring my kids to Happy Hour or a wine tasting?
Can I bring my pets to an event?
I am looking for an English speaking nanny or babysitter. Can you please help?
I do not live in Lyon, but I am thinking about moving to Lyon from the U.S. In which neighborhood should I live? What area has a large concentration of expats in it?
The best option for deciding where you would like to live and whether Lyon is suited for you would be to come visit the city, if possible, and make appointments to visit the various international schools (if applicable). Once you have time to walk around the city or visit its suburbs, you will have a better sense of whether it is a place you could imagine yourselves.
The American Club of Lyon has an option of joining the club as a non-resident member which would give you access to our private Facebook group and newsletters. In our Facebook group, you could also post any questions and ask about other people’s experiences.
In general, Americans and American families who are part of the club have enjoyed their residence in France. There are many aspects of French life that require adjustment, and the transition into French life will differ for each individual. There are many wonderful aspects of living in France, in Europe, and in Lyon in particular, that each person can personalize in their journey living in a new culture and a new country.