The academic program begins 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 French language class 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.
French Language Institute
There are two French language institutes in Lyon: the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF), which is part of the Université Catholique de Lyon, and the Centre
International d'Études Françaises (CIEF), which is part of Université Lumière - Lyon 2. You will be able to immerse yourself in intensive language courses while also learning about French culture and society. Given calendar considerations, semester-only students enroll at the CIEF. Year-long students entering the program with at least two years of college level French may be able to move into the direct enroll program after one semester of intensive language study, if their French proficiency allows.
For more information, visit IE3’s Lyon: French Language page.
Business, International Studies, and Political Science (Most courses taught in English)
UO undergraduate students majoring or minoring in business may select the business studies program in Lyon. The business program allows you to choose from two well-known business studies programs, ESDES at the Université Catholique de Lyon, or SELF at Université Jean Moulin - Lyon 3. Core business courses (in disciplines such as marketing, international business, human resource management, cross-cultural management, etc.) are taught in English. You will also take a French language course that complements your study of international business.
For more information, visit IE3’s Lyon: Business page.
If you are interested in international studies and/or political science, you now have the option to spend a semester at Sciences Po – Lyon, a French “grande école” for the study of politics, government and public administration. You can enroll in courses taught in English as part of the Diploma of French and European Studies program (DFES), which has a set list of core courses in Politics, Urban Studies/Sustainable Development, and Area Studies. Please note, students participating in the Direct Enroll option can take regular Sciences Po – Lyon courses as part of their program.
For more information, visit IE3’s Lyon: DFES (Diploma of French & European Studies) page.
Year-Long Exchange/Direct Enroll
The yearlong 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.
Students whose French skills are sufficient may select from direct enrollment courses offered at any of the five partner universities in Lyon. With academic programs in Anthropology, Psychology, Geography, Political Science, Art History, Philosophy, Religious Studies in addition to coursework in language departments, students will find diverse course offerings available. Many 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 with either ILCF or CIEF language courses and transition into direct enrollment courses in their second semester.
For more information, please visit IE3’s Lyon: Direct Enroll page.