The Lyon exchange program is ideal for students in a variety of majors who have sufficient French background and are hoping to experience cultural immersion in the French context. The program offers several options for students at higher or lower levels of French: the year-long exchange with direct enrollment, year-long language institute focusing primarily on language courses, year-long combined language institute and direct enrollment, and semester programs for business, French language, international studies, and political science with most courses taught in English.
The year-long Lyon exchange program is a unique opportunity for you to improve your French proficiency and expand your academic training in general-education, major and minor courses within a French university. With only rare exceptions, the language of instruction for all courses is French.
There are two types of year-long study programs in Lyon. Most Oregon students in Lyon make use of the language institute courses offered at both the Institut de Langue et de Culture Française (ILCF), which is part of the Catholic University, and the Centre International d'Études Françaises (CIEF), which is part of Lyon 2. Students arriving in the Lyon program with less than three years of college-level French completed will spend the first semester studying French full-time at one of these two language institutes. Students are also now able to enroll in these programs for just a semester (Fall or Spring). Please note that students participating in the Fall semester for French Language can only take classes at the CIEF.
Students whose French skills are sufficient may select from direct enrollment courses offered at any of the four different universities in Lyon (Lyon 1, Lyon 2, Lyon 3, and the Catholic University). The universities are described in more detail below. Most students who arrive in Lyon with three or more years of college-level French completed are ready for direct enrollment from the first semester, whereas students who arrive with less than three years of college French completed usually start mainly with either ILCF or CIEF courses and transition into more direct enrollment courses in the second semester.
UO undergraduate students majoring or minoring in business may also select the business studies program in Lyon. The business program allows you to choose from two well-known business studies programs, ESDES at the Catholic University, or SELF at Lyon 3. Core business courses (in disciplines such as marketing, international business, human resource management, cross-cultural management, etc.) are taught in English, and you will also take a French language course that complements their study of international business.
If you are interested in international studies and/or political science you now have the option to spend a semester or year at the Sciences Po Lyon, a French “grande école” for the study of politics and government. You can enroll in courses of your choice, taught primarily in English, or opt to enroll in a certificate program, such as the Certificate of French and European Studies, which has a set list of core courses in Politics, Urban Studies/Sustainable Development, and Area Studies.
Generally, you must choose just one of the four French universities in Lyon as your academic home, although you may combine a part-time course load at the Catholic University and/or its ILCF with part-time enrollment in any of the other three universities.
The academic program begins each fall with a stage, an intensive cultural and linguistic orientation course for which you will receive UO credits. During the stage, you will complete a language skills evaluation that determines ILCF or CIEF placement levels and/or confirms that you are ready for direct enrollment in general university courses taught in French. Only international students in France enroll in stage and language institute courses.
For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: IE3: Lyon Exchange