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Studies in English in Lyon

Study Abroad Program Overview

Study abroad in Lyon and take courses taught in English in law, political science, business administration, business culture, literature, history, and society at the University of Lyon 3. This is an upper division semester program designed for international students.
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.
Students attend classes with international students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study



​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.

Fall :  
​late August to mid-December

Spring :  
​early January to mid/late April 

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​You will have the choice of living in a residence or in a homestay with a French family. More information on housing

Extracurricular Activities

​There are a large number of sports available to students at Lyon 3 and you may sign-up online or upon arrival.  Visit the student associations website to see what other campus opportunities are available to you. The city of Lyon is alive with cultural opportunities including opera, museums, music, theater, dance, and more!
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.

On-site Support

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).​

Course Opportunities

The courses on the Study in English in Lyon, France (SELF) program are designed from a European or French perspective and the emphasis is on international comparison. The curriculum gives you the opportunity to improve your French language skills while also learning about French culture and taking core courses in law, political science, business, and the humanities.

You will take the following courses:

  • French Language: 6.0 quarter/4.0 semester UC units
  • Introduction to French Culture and Civilization: 2.0 quarter/1.3 semester UC units
  • 4 courses chosen from the following fields: 4.5 quarter/3.0 semester UC units each
    • Business & Business Culture
    • Law and Political Science
    • Humanities

Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 26 quarter/17.3 semester UC units per semester are required; six courses. ​

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Internships, research, and independent study are generally not available for this program.

​University of Lyon 3​

​The Université Jean Moulin Lyon III was formally founded in 1973. The campus is spread over 3 sites: Manufacture des Tabacs, Les Quais, and Bourg-en-Bresse. The SELF classes take place on the Manufacture campus where the faculties of law, languages, arts and civilization are located. This pleasant and modern campus is located close to the city center, student residences, and transportation.

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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.

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These expenses are estimated. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non Resident Fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (student visa, health clearance, etc.)
  • Round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at Sciences Po
  • Mandatory Host Country Health Insurance
  • On-site orientation
  • Welcome Programme
  • Room and board
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
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.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​

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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: