Skip to main content
Colorful buildings in Vieux Lyon near the edge of the Saône River in Lyon, France.

Program at a Glance

University of Lyon 2

Country France
City Lyon
Class Level Jr, Sr, Gr
Experience Type Immersion
Minimum GPA 2.85
Term Fall sem, Spring sem, Year
Taught In French
Language Prereq yes
Apply Now

About The Program

Lyon is a beautiful, student-friendly city situated west of the French Alps. France's reigning food capital is also one of the more affordable cities in the country. Its bike paths and public transportation make it easy to explore. The city serves as the University of Lyon campus, with classes sprinkled across its center. Daily sights range from 2,000-year-old historic structures to Lyon's bright new sector, La Confluence. Resting on two meandering rivers, it is quintessentially French—ideal for immersing in the life, language, and culture. Curious about volunteering? Considering an internship? Interested in teaching English? Want to be a journalist for an online French paper? It's all possible in Lyon.

Where you'll study

Lyon, in southeastern France, is the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and a haven for lovers of outdoor activities and mountain landscapes. The University of Lyon 2, also known as Université Lumière, is the second largest public university in France, which contributes to the city’s high population of students. Located geographically and culturally in the heart of Lyon, the university has a rich heritage with a progressive outlook. A recent remodeling effort resulted in modern-style educational buildings mixed among historic 19th-century halls and classrooms. Known as one of France’s top research universities, active projects are happening in some 45 research centers organized by disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Through projects developed by its teacher-researchers, the University of Lyon 2 places research at the heart of contemporary scientific and social issues. It hosts a regular cycle of conferences, exhibitions, and live shows.

You will take classes at the Porte des Alpes campus in the Bron and Saint-Priest areas.