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Colorful buildings in Vieux Lyon near the edge of the Saône River in Lyon, France.

Program at a Glance

University of Lyon 2

Country or area France
City Lyon
Class Level Jr, Sr, Gr
Experience Type Immersion
Minimum GPA 2.75
Term Spring Semester, Fall Semester, Year
Taught In French
Language Prereq yes
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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. Lyon's bike paths and cheap public transportation make it easy to explore. The city serves as the University of Lyon campus, with classes held on two campuses: one in the city center on the banks of the Rhône river and one on the edge of the city at the Porte des Alpes. Daily sights you will see range from 2,000-year-old historic structures to Lyon's bright new sector, La Confluence. Situated on the island between two meandering rivers, it is quintessentially French—ideal for immersing in French life, language, and culture. 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 both the Porte des Alpes campus, in the Bron neighborhood, as well the Berges du Rhône campus, in the heart of the city.


The study center arranges field trips and activities to introduce the local culture and special features of your host country. There may be other optional excursions, which you can explore after arrival.

<p>Day of French wine and bread making at a family farm in Beaujolais</p>

Day of French wine and bread making at a family farm in Beaujolais

<p>Tour of medieval Pérouges</p>

Tour of medieval Pérouges

I went to France to follow my dreams and learn the language, but what I got was so much more. I made lifelong friends from across the continent of Europe. I fell in love with a French boy, learned more about myself than ever, and I got to see the world. As the cherry on top, my French is amazing and I even speak Italian now too!

Daniel Alvarado UC Santa Barbara English France