Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in Lyon and attend regular university courses with French and international students and experience France and its culture firsthand. You will study at the Université Lumière Lyon 2 and the Institut d’Études Politiques de Lyon (IEP), both of which are located in the beautiful historical center of Lyon.
Situated at the confluence of the Rhône and the Saône rivers, Lyon has always been at the crossroads of the cultures of Europe and beyond. Today, it is an important European center of business and a diverse, cosmopolitan city. It is the capital of France’s renowned wine region, Rhône-Alpes, and the surrounding area has glaciers and warm river valleys, mountains and lakes, some of the most beautiful medieval villages, and the best skiing in the world.
Scholarships are available for this program! See the Cost page for details.
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid/late August to mid/late December
Pre-ILP + Fall
mid-June to mid/late December
Pre-ILP + Year
mid-June to mid-June
mid/late August to mid-June
You can sign up for the fall semester program and decide after you arrive to stay for the year.
With support and advice from the UC Lyon Study Center, you will look for your term housing before departure or after you arrive. You can look for a room in a private home, share an apartment with others, or rent a studio. You can also choose to live in a homestay with a French family. During the ILP, you will live in a residence. More information on housing
If you are interested in participating in volunteer work in Lyon you should contact France Bénévolat
. This is a very active association that centralizes most of the requests for volunteer opportunities in the city and they would be happy to welcome UCEAP students to participate in their events.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Local UCEAP staff in Lyon will help you integrate into French culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
This program offers regular university courses in many academic disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. On-site language study plus immersion in daily life in France accelerates your language acquisition and makes taking courses taught in French both feasible and rewarding. Most coursework is at the upper-division undergraduate level.
Excellent opportunities exist in French Literature, Political Science, Psychology, Linguistics, Economics, History, and Sociology. See below under "Université Lumière" for a full list of the subject areas offered.
Your program begins with a mandatory 2-week intensive language program (ILP) designed to advance your French language skills and acquaint you with French academic culture.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
You will take a full-time course of study while abroad.
Summer Pre-ILP: 13 quarter/8.6 semester UC units required; three courses
ILP: 4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units required; one course
Term: 23 quarter/15.3 semester UC units per semester required; usually five-six courses
Research and Independent Study
Research and independent study may be possible in this program. If you are interested in conducting research or an independent study, you will need to contact professors in the field you desire to work in after arrival.
University of Lyon
The University of Lyon is a two hundred year old institution situated in the center of the city on the banks of the Rhone. After a large recent remodeling, the University of Lyon is now home to many modern educational buildings placed directly alongside older, 19th century halls and classrooms. UCEAP students take courses at University of Lyon 2, also known as Université Lumière, which is comprised of four different departments: Humanities and Social Science, Society and Environment, Economics and Management, and Law.
Four fields of study, each with multiple subjects to choose from:
IEP (Institut d'Études Politiques)
- Humanities and Social Sciences: Languages, Foreign Literature and Culture; Applied Modern Languages; Performing Arts; Information and Communication; Latin and Greek; Modern Literature; Music; Psychology; Cognitive Science; and Language Sciences
- Society and Environment: Public Administration; Planning; Anthropology; Geography; History; History of Art and Archaeology; Education Science; Political Science; and Sociology
- Economics and Management: Economic and Social Administration, Econometrics, and Economics and Management
- This institution is part of the national network of IEPs under the Fondation Nationale de Sciences Politiques
- Focus is on a multidisciplinary approach of studying political science by combining history, law, political studies, and economics
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Work at the US consulate in Lyon teaching English to disadvantaged populations
- Gain journalism experience at a French online newspaper
- Work with local environmental associations
- Short-term internship in Chemistry Lab
- Student Associations at the University of Lyon can provide you with internship opportunities
- Visit the “Your Opinion” section of the UCEAP Lyon website for more contacts
Please note- Current internship offerings may vary, you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- All internships are secured once you are on-site.
- Lyon Study Center staff is available to help set up internships.
- Most UCEAP students in Lyon do their internships during the summer following their program.
“In my internship I learned how to speak French in a professional setting and was able to expand my French vocabulary to include words you wouldn’t learn inside the classroom. It increased my confidence in my formal French abilities and allowed me to feel comfortable speaking to senior employees in the company. Pursuing something outside your studies while abroad shows future employers that you are adaptable, able to step outside the box, and willing to take on a challenge.” Alessia Moscatelli, UCSB, Marketing internship with a French optics firm
"My internship at the Chemistry Laboratory provided me with invaluable hands-on experience that left me feeling more independent and confident in my abilities. Working as an exchange student proved to be not only a challenge but also an advantage regarding language. Given the breadth of scientific articles written in English, fluency in English is an especially valuable tool in a laboratory setting. The objective of my experimental work was to develop a product for the functionalization of nanoparticles. In order to achieve this, I was often given the task of purifying a product, followed by the use of NMR spectroscopy, a research technique that allowed me to detect possible impurities in the resulting product. I am grateful to have had this unique opportunity as an exchange student because of the real-world experience it gave me as well as all the wonderful people I had the chance to meet through this internship. I highly recommend to students studying abroad to seek out unique opportunities and to pursue them with an open mind, embracing the challenges that are actually just blessings in disguise." Alexandra Mayorga, UCSD, Internship in a Chemistry Lab
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
|Pre-ILP + Fall||26||40||26.7||$18,400||$5,500|
|Pre-ILP + Year||50||63||42||$24,600||$12,200|
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- Predeparture expenses (student visa, health clearance, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- Tuition at the University of Lyon
- Mandatory Host Country Health Insurance
- On-site orientation
- Intensive language program
- Room and board
- Program excursions and activities
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Local transportation
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
All fall semester students who do the summer Pre-ILP in Paris will receive a $2,000 scholarship in the 2017-18 academic year! See other eligible program terms here.
Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 4 quarters / 3 semesters with a minimum language GPA of 2.85.
* The program requires a minimum of 2 years University-level French or 4 quarters / 3 semesters of French and enrollment in the summer Pre-ILP.
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:
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