Program Overview

The Lyon exchange program is ideal for students in a variety of majors who have a background in French language and are hoping to experience cultural immersion in the French context. This program is run through Oregon State University’s IE3 Global Office. The program offers several options for students at higher or lower levels of French: a yearlong exchange with direct enrollment in a French university, semester and yearlong language institutes, or English-taught classes in international studies, political science, or business.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: IE3: Lyon Exchange

Additional requirements

  • GPA of 3.25 or above for graduate students. 
  • For Business or Sciences Po Lyon: One year college-level French, or placement in FR 201 or higher by examination or completion of intensive summer French courses in the term prior to Lyon, either on campus or in the Angers program.
  • For Business:  declared and admitted major or minor in business or international studies with an international business focus.
  • For Sciences Po: declared major or minor in Political Science, International Studies, European Studies, or related academic program.    
  • One year of college-level French or equivalent with GPA 3.0 or higher. Three years for direct exchange.
  • Direct Enroll: three years of college-level French or equivalent

What is an Exchange?

This is a program in which the University of Oregon and the partner universities exchange students on an ongoing basis. The number of places available to UO students varies based on the number of partner institution students coming to UO. If there are not enough exchange places available in a given year, then qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply as a fee-paying study abroad student, or to apply for an alternate exchange program.

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

Academic Details

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.

 

Application process

Selection for the program is based on a review of the student's written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process.

IMPORTANT: Applications for IE3 programs involve two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the application deadline. Early application is advised. 

1. Completion of the GEO online application.

2. Completion of the IE3 online application, which includes the following:

  • Essays
  • Two Recommendations
  • Official Transcripts

Please note that students cannot begin the interview process until both applications are complete.

Application fees are due at the time the applications are submitted and are non-refundable under any circumstances.

Graduate Students (year-long program only)

In addition to the process described above and below, graduate student applicants must also complete the Graduate Enrollment in GEO Study Abroad Programs form. This form requires that you obtain pre-authorization for your program from your adviser, department head and the Graduate School.

Application Links

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult IE3.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Term
Academic Year
Year
2019-20
Deadline
3/15/2019
Arrival Date
Late August
Departure Date
Early June
Term
Fall Semester-BUS-POLSCI-INTL
Year
2019
Deadline
3/15/2019
Arrival Date
Late August
Departure Date
Mid-December
Term
Academic Year-BUS-POLSCI-INTL
Year
2019-20
Deadline
3/15/2019
Arrival Date
Late August
Departure Date
Mid-May
Term
Fall Semester-FLI
Year
2019
Deadline
3/15/2019
Arrival Date
Late August
Departure Date
Mid-December
Term
Academic Year-FLI
Year
2019+20
Deadline
3/15/2019
Arrival Date
Late August
Departure Date
Early June
Term
Spring Semester-FLI
Year
2020
Deadline
10/15/2019
Arrival Date
Mid-January
Departure Date
Early June
Term
Spring Semester-BUS-POLSCI-INTL
Year
2020
Deadline
10/15/2019
Arrival Date
Early January
Departure Date
Mid-May

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Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.