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Lyon, France

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Classed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1998, the former capital of Gaul, Lyon boasts over 2,000 years of history.

Lyon Métropole has a striking, dynamic and culturally rich offer: museums, festivals, shopping, theatre, opera, monuments, cinemas, parks… and over 21,000 cultural and artistic events take place throughout the year, including the Festival of LightsBiennial Dance FestivalBiennial Contemporary Art FestivalNuits de Fourvière Festival and more.

The city is also renowned for its gastronomy, in large part thanks to Paul Bocuse, who will soon celebrate his 50th anniversary as a 3-star chef! With 15 Michelin-star restaurants, the future Cité de la Gastronomie and 4,000 eateries to its name, Lyon doesn’t need to prove that it is World’s Capital of Gastronomy.

With the promenades and leisure facilities along the banks of the Rhône and Saône, the success of the Vélo’V city bike system as well as the Tête d’Or Park – a veritable green lung in the heart of the city-, and the complete renovation of the Confluence District, Lyon offers an ideal quality of life prized by many executives who voted Lyon the most attractive city in which to live and work. (APEC study 2014).

Ideally located in the south-east of France, Lyon, capital of the Rhône Alpes region is just two hours by TGV (high-speed train) from Paris and a mere 90 minutes from the Mediterranean coast and major Alpine ski resorts.


Where can I study?

With about 130,000 students (13% of whom are foreign students), 11,500 teacher-researchers, 5,700 PhD students, 220 public laboratories, “Université de Lyon” is the most important French University site outside the Paris region. “Université de Lyon” brings together in a unifying structure 11 higher education institutions and CNRS.

“Université de Lyon” members strengthen their international influence thanks to thousands of partnerships with universities across the world. They have a wide range of agreements across the world for student exchange such as as Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus, the CREPUQ exchange program between France and Québec, bilateral agreements…

The University Lyon 2 is the main structure which welcomes foreign students with or without an exchange program.

What types of classes can I take?

These universities offer a wide variety of programs for coursework that will count towards most students’ degrees. The study abroad office on your campus can help you select the courses you need for your degree requirements. Your course load will be similar to a normal load (about 16 credit hours) of classes you would have in the States.

When can I go?

Fall terms at most French universities typically run September through mid-January, and spring terms late January through early June. You’ll need to check with each prospective university for exact dates.

What kind of ministry will I be doing?

Building intentional relationships with other students, initiative evangelism on different campuses, special outreach nights, weekly meetings every Wednesday night or Thursday night, be part of a Bible study small groups in French, … Join us for the fall week-end retreat in the country outside of Lyon the 14-16 October 2016! A good way to get to know deeper other Christian students!

Where will I live?

Although host families may be an option with the study abroad program of your university, we’d encourage staying in a student residence. Relationships can develop so naturally there and they can be great mission fields!

Will there be a language barrier?

Fluent French is not required, but it will be good to have the basics of French to be able to communicate well with people in the city. Most French college students speak some English but are quite shy with it. It may take some time for them to build trust and dare to speak English.

How much does this cost?

The cost of tuition and fees varies by each campus and by the university you currently attend.

When is the application deadline?

  • For fall semesters, please apply here by August 1st.
  • For spring semesters, please apply here by December 1st.
  • For summer terms, please apply here by May 1st.
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