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UVA Exchange: University of Lyon 2
Lyon, France (Exchange Program) (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: UVA applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Year 2019-2020 01-MAR-2019 10-MAR-2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15.
Fall Semester 2019 01-MAR-2019 10-MAR-2019 TBA TBA
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
3000 level
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Apartment, Homestay, Off-campus Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: French
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment at foreign institution
Tuition Payments Made To:
Advising Appointment Required:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Martha Sadler
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
African Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Architectural History, Architecture, Art, Art - Art History, Civil Engineering, Classics, Comparative Literature, Dance, Drama, Economics, Engineering, French, Global Development Studies, Greek, History, Linguistics, Media Studies, Medieval Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Persian, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Studies in Women and Gender, Urban Studies
Program Description:
Lyon 2 Lead Photo

UVA Exchange
University of Lyon 2


The full name of Lyon 2 is indeed the Université Lumière Lyon 2, named in honor of the Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis, who invented the "cinematographe" and are considered (in France at least!) to have created modern cinema. Lyon, therefore, is known as the birthplace of cinema and boasts France's first department of cinema studies. The Université Lumière Lyon 2 is a center of academic excellence in France. Its strongest departments include French, History, Media Studies, Political Sciences, Economics, Art History, Arabic, Sociology and Anthropology.

Exchange Program

The exchange program allows qualified UVA students to participate in regular Lyon 2 university classes alongside other French students. This is a university-wide exchange program, meaning that UVA students from all majors are invited to apply and consequently, they may enroll in classes in any department at Lyon 2 as well as courses at any institution that is a member of the Université de Lyon consortium (École Normale Supérieure, Université Lyon 1, Université Lyon 3, Université Catholique, École des Beaux Arts), as well as Sciences Po Lyon. Students will enroll in regular university courses alongside French students. This system is what the French call études intégrées, affording what we believe to be the most enriching cultural and linguistic experience possible. Unlike other programs which design courses specifically for foreign students, and sometimes specifically for American students, this program provides our students with an authentic experience of higher education in France.

Location IconLocation

Lyon is France's second largest city and is immersed in a rich historical and cultural tradition all its own. With approximately 1 million inhabitants, Lyon has the liveliness and energy of an urban setting yet avoids some of the pitfalls of the Paris metropolis. Housing is more affordable; the pace of life is a bit slower; cultural life is abundant; and the cuisine is every bit as good, if not better! Lyon has the reputation of being the gastronomic capital of France.

Located at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers, Lyon is—and always has been—a unique crossroads of European cultures. The city's close proximity to Switzerland and Italy, not to mention Provence, makes it an ideal base for traveling. For those interested in touring the wine country of the Rhone valley, Lyon is a logical place to start. Thanks to the TGV (France's high-speed train), Lyon is no more than two hours from Paris. Students can purchase yearly train passes that, under certain conditions, reduce the round trip Paris/Lyon fare. In Lyon, the university is just one part of a diverse, lively city, and, as a result, American students will not hear English spoken at every café terrace as might occur in some other common destinations for study abroad in France. These are just some of the reasons that one might choose to live in Lyon while studying abroad.

Lyon 2 Campus Lyon 2 Location Scenic

Courses IconAcademics

French Literature and Culture;Anthropology and Sociology; Geography; History; Art History;Tourism; Languages; Letters and Arts; Economics; Law; Communication; Psychology; Education; Political Sciences; Management; etc.

Course Information
Students must have completed FREN 3032 (The Reading and Writing of Texts), or the equivalent, with a grade of B+ or better.

Students not in this category should contact program director Professor Janet Horne about the possibility of studying French with other international students at the Centre international d'études française (CIEF) and/or courses taught in English at Lyon 2 or Sciences Po Lyon. Enrollment in the CIEF entails an additional tuition fee.

While in France each student will take a full load of courses. As part of the application, students will be asked to pre-select a range of courses prior to departure with the understanding that certain modifications may have to be made once in Lyon.

UVA Students: this is a transfer credit program.
Non-UVA Students: official transcripts for this program are issued by the Université Lumière Lyon 2, not by the University of Virginia.

Fall Term: late August- mid January
Spring Term: beginning January - mid May

Courses in Advanced French
For an additional fee of approximately 1125 Euros, UVA students who have not completed the prerequisiste of FREN 3032 (The Reading and Writing of Texts) have the option of enrolling in an entire semester of 3000-level advanced coursework in French during the regular academic year. These courses are offered under the auspices of the Université Lumière Lyon 2's highly reputed International Center for the Study of French (CIEF - Centre international d'etudes francaises).

2017-18 CIEF Brochure de l'annee

All students have the option of taking a not-for-credit advanced French language class at the CIEF. This class meets for two hours each week throughout the semester and is free of charge.

On-Site Coordinator
Students in Lyon have an on-site manager who will help them find housing and arrange for monthly cultural activities; an optional two-hour per week advanced course in the French language; and individual academic advising at several levels. Our on-site coordinator serves our students in multiple ways:

Helps students with housing selection, getting started in Lyon, and general orientation to the Université Lumière Lyon 2.

  • Organizes monthly cultural activities with the other students on the UVA program. Cultural activities might include going to the theater, the opera or a professional soccer game. Bread and cheese gatherings are also organized. Some cultural activities may also be done in conjunction with students from Brown University and Georgetown, schools that also have established exchanges with Lyon 2. These cultural gatherings are a chance to touch base with people from home, relax, exchange experiences and share new ones!
  • Is available to students on the UVA program for advice and to help deal with any difficulties that may arise.
  • Is available for counsel at any time in case of emergency.

In addition to sending a group of UVA students to France, the exchange program allows us to receive French students from the Université Lumière Lyon 2 who, like their American counterparts in Lyon, will enroll directly in UVA classes and live alongside UVA students. Therefore, when UVA students return to Charlottesville, they can maintain their connection to Lyon by creating ties with the Lyon 2 students here on Grounds.

Program Director
Professor Janet Horne
Department of French
PO Box 400770
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation

Upon arrival, students will be housed in a residence hotel. Students will find housing for the duration of the program in Lyon with the help of the UVA on-site manager. Students may choose to live with a family, or in an independent apartment. The typical cost of housing ranges from 500-650 Euros per month, and students should expect to pay housing for a full five month period.

Program Alumna Casey Cordrey '13, French & Foreign Affairs

Casey Cordrey

"Having a full, five month semester in France's second largest city enabled me to really gain a sense of familiarity with the geography and the people."

International Student Homepage

International student information

Lyon 2 Campus

Cost IconCost

UVA students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Additionally, students on the Lyon exchange will be charged a $700 fee to cover the following:

  • CISI emergency medical and accident insurance
  • Responsabilité civile insurance
  • Enrollment in the mandatory PRUNE course (2 credits for Spring, 3 credits for Fall/Year)
  • Hotel accommodation for the first few nights after arrival
  • Monthly cultural activities
  • On-site coordinator support

Students are also responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. 

Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.

CISI Insurance: UVA students will be enrolled CISI emergency medical and accident insurance by the International Studies Office, and do not need to self enroll as with other exchange programs.

French Social Security Law: French Social Security law requires that all international students under the age of 28 who will be staying in France for longer than three months pay the full year of social security insurance. The estimated cost is about 215 Euros. UVA students must pay this fee upon official registration at Lyon 2 at the beginning of the semester. Students will also purchase "responsabilité civile" insurance (20 Euros) prior to or at the beginning of the orientation program.

French Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII) Requirement: French law requires all students studying in France longer than six months to submit a residence form upon arrival in France, to undergo a medical exam organized by the OFII and to pay a 55 Euro tax (cost subject to change). Students should bring their birth certificate to France. Additional documents may be required, please see French consulate website.

Expenses IconExpected Expenses

  • UVA Tuition and Fees (including Lyon exchange fee)
  • Host institution Room and Board
  • International Airfare
  • Books and Supplies
  • Local Transportation
  • Passport and Visa
  • Personal Expenses
  • French Social Security Insurance 
  • OFII (Year students only)

Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. The ISO will assist with the visa application process by providing the required enrollment letters and guidance on the visa application process, however the responsibility of applying for a student visa falls on the student. Please visit the Campus France (link: website to review the expectations and requirements for a student visa. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.