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 French cultural immersion. 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

  • For Graduate Students: a GPA of 3.25 or above
  • For Business or Sciences Po Lyon: One year college-level French, or placement in FR 201 or higher by the start of the 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, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 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 international students 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.

French Language Institute
There are two French language institutes in Lyon: the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF), and the Centre International d'Études Françaises (CIEF). Semester-only students enroll at the CIEF. Year-long students entering the program 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 (Most courses taught in English)
The business program allows you to choose from ESDES at the Université Catholique de Lyon, or SELF at Université Jean Moulin - Lyon 3. Core business courses are taught in English, but you will also take a French language course.

For more information, visit IE3’s Lyon: Business page.

International Studies, and Political Science (Most courses taught in English)

If you are interested in international studies and/or political science, you  have the option to spend a semester at Sciences Po – Lyon, a French “grande école” for the study of politics, government and public administration. 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
Students may select from direct enrollment courses offered at any of the five partner universities in Lyon, with academic programs in wide range of topics in science, liberal arts, and language. 

For more information, please visit IE3’s Lyon: Direct Enroll page.

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.

Application process

Applications for IE3 programs involve two parts, both of which 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

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
Fall Semester202003/15/2020Late AugustMid-December
Academic Year2020-2103/15/2020Late AugustMid-May
Spring Semester202110/15/2020Early JanuaryMid-May

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