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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
Spring Semester 2018 01-OCT-2017
Rolling Admission 06-JAN-2018 27-MAY-2018
Year 2018-2019 01-MAR-2018 10-MAR-2018 TBA TBA
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15.
Fall Semester 2018 01-MAR-2018 10-MAR-2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Peer Advisor Casey_Lyon

"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."


This exchange program is open to UVA students only.  Students from other institutions should apply to the UVA in Lyon semester study abroad program.

International Student Homepage
Lyon 2 International Student Homepage

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

Study Abroad Policies
Education Abroad Workshop
Students must view and complete the online Education Abroad Workshop prior to starting the UVA Study Abroad application. Please refer to the Education Abroad Workshop homepage for more information.

Passport and Visa Information
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 end date. Students are responsible for applying for their visas in a timely manner. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.

Refund Policy
Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Please Note:
No refund or credit will be given to students who are suspended and/or dismissed from any UVA study abroad programs for conduct and/or academic violations reasons.

UVA students will pay their regular tuition rate and normal on-grounds fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program (eg the Student Activity Fee, the Comprehensive Fee). The Lyon exchange program has an additional $600 fee which will be applied to the program fee and covers:

  • Temporary accommodation upon arrival.
  • Participation in the on-site Intensive Language and Culture course prior to the start of classes (required)
    During the fall semester, this course is worth 3 UVA credits.
    During the spring semester, this course is worth 2 UVA credits.
  • Monthly bread and cheese gatherings hosted by the UVA program on-site coordinators
  • Monthly group cultural activities
  • CISI emergency insurance

Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa (guidance provided by the International Studies Office). All students must be in possession of a valid passport.

Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses while on a UVA Exchange Program.

Students will make their own living arrangements with the help of the program's on-site coordinator. Most students choose to live with a host family or in an independent or shared apartment.

Upon arrival in Lyon (at the program start date), students will be housed in a residence hotel. Students may choose to arrive prior to the program start date and stay at their own expense.

The ISO enrolls students participating in the Lyon exchange program in the CISI international health and emergency insurance.  Students must enroll themselves in the French Social Security program once in France (with guidance from the on-site coordinator).

Expected Expenses

  • UVA Tuition and Fees
  • Room and Board
  • International Airfare
  • French Insurance (mandatory, see below)
  • French Residence tax (mandatory, see below)
  • Books and Supplies
  • Local Transportation
  • Passport and Visa
  • Personal Expenses

You may refer to the budget sheet on the "UVA in Lyon Semester" program page for estimates of expenses such as international airfare and housing.

Students taking the entirety of their courses at the CIEF will have an additional fee.

PLEASE NOTE:  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 OFI 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.

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