The Université Lumière Lyon 2 is a center of academic excellence in France. Its strongest departments include French, History, Media Studies, Political Science, Economics, Art History, Arabic, Sociology and Anthropology. Students may take courses at any institution that is a member of the "Université de Lyon" consortium (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Université Lyon 1; Université Lyon 3; Université Catholique; Ecole des Beaux Arts), as well as Sciences Po Lyon. This is a university-wide program, meaning that students from all majors are invited to apply, and consequently, may enroll in classes in any department at Lyon 2. Students will participate in regular Lyon 2 university classes alongside other French students. This system is what the French call "études intégrées" (integrated studies) affording what we believe to be the most enriching cultural and linguistic experience possible. Unlike other programs which design courses specifically for foreign students, this program provides our students with an authentic experience of higher education in France.
There will be an Information Session and Course Selection Meeting early in the Spring semester. Please check back for a date, time, and location.
France's second largest city, Lyon is immersed in a rich historical and cultural tradition all its own. With approximately 1 million inhabitants, Lyon has the liveliness and energy of an urban setting yet avoids some of the pitfalls of the Paris metropolis.
Housing is more affordable; the pace of life is a bit slower; cultural life is abundant; and the cuisine is every bit as good, if not better! Lyon has the reputation of being the gastronomic capital of France. In Lyon, the university is just one part of a diverse, lively city and, as a result, American students will not hear English spoken at every café terrace as might occur in some other common destinations for study abroad in France.
While in France each student will take a full load of courses. As part of the application, students will be asked to pre-select a range of courses prior to departure with the understanding that certain modifications may have to be made once in Lyon. Student should refer to the Lyon Course Selection Guide for information on how to research and select courses.
Fall Term: late August-mid January
Spring Term: beginning January-mid May
UVA Students: this is a transfer credit program.
Non-UVA Students: official transcripts for this program are issued by the Université Lumière Lyon 2, not by the University of Virginia.
Courses in Advanced French
For an additional fee of approximately 1280 Euros, students who have not completed the prerequisite of FREN 3032 (The Reading and Writing of Texts) have the option of enrolling in an entire semester of 3000-level advanced coursework in French during the regular academic year. These courses are offered under the auspices of the Université Lumière Lyon 2's highly reputed International Center for the Study of French (CIEF - Centre international d'études françaises).
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All students have the option of taking a not-for-credit advanced French language class at the CIEF. This class meets for two hours each week throughout the semester and is free of charge.
Students must have completed FREN 3032 (The Reading and Writing of Texts), or the equivalent, with a grade of B+ or better.
Students not in this category should contact program director Professor Janet Horne about the possibility of studying French with other international students at the Centre international d'études française (CIEF) and/or courses taught in English at Lyon 2 or Sciences Po Lyon. Enrollment in the CIEF entails an additional tuition fee.
Students in Lyon have an on-site manager who will help them find housing and arrange for monthly cultural activities; an optional two-hour per week advanced course in the French language; and individual academic advising at several levels.
Our on-site coordinator serves students in multiple ways:
- Helps students with housing selection, getting started in Lyon, and general orientation to the Université Lumière Lyon 2.
- Organizes monthly cultural activities with the other students on the UVA program. Cultural activities might include going to the theater, the opera or a professional soccer game. Bread and cheese gatherings are also organized. Some cultural activities may also be done in conjunction with students from Brown University and Georgetown, schools that also have established exchanges with Lyon 2. These cultural gatherings are a chance to touch base with people from home, relax, exchange experiences and share new ones!
- Is available to students on the UVA program for advice and to help deal with any difficulties that may arise.
- Is available for counsel at any time in case of emergency.
Program Director Janet Horne | firstname.lastname@example.org
Based in Charlottesville, Professor Horne works with students prior to their departure for Lyon.
Accommodation and Meals
Upon arrival, students will be housed in a residence hotel. Students will find housing for the duration of the program in Lyon with the help of the UVA on-site manager. Students may choose to live with a family, or in an independent apartment. The typical cost of housing ranges from 500-650 Euros per month, and students should expect to pay housing for a full five-month period. Please read descriptions of housing in the program handbook (PDF document found above on brochure page).
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. The ISO will assist with the visa application process. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.