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  • Locations: Lyon, France
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester
  • Restrictions: UVA applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
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UVA European Studies
Graduate Exchange:
University of Lyon 2

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Graduate Exchange Program

Graduate students who have enrolled in the M.A. Program in European Studies have the opportunity to participate in our graduate level exchange with the University of Lyon 2 and Sciences Po Lyon. Please note: This exchange is limited to students in the M.A. Program in European Studies.

The exchange program allows qualified students to participate in regular Lyon 2 and Sciences Po Lyon graduate level classes alongside other French students. While students may take classes in more than one academic area, students will need to review their proposed course selections with their UVA advisor.

Location IconLocation

Lyon is France's second largest city and 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.

Located at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers, Lyon is—and always has been—a unique crossroads of European cultures. The city's close proximity to Switzerland and Italy, not to mention Provence, makes it an ideal base for traveling. For those interested in touring the wine country of the Rhone valley, Lyon is a logical place to start. Thanks to the TGV (France's high-speed train), Lyon is no more than two hours from Paris. Students can purchase yearly train passes that, under certain conditions, reduce the round trip Paris/Lyon fare. 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. These are just some of the reasons that one might choose to live in Lyon while studying abroad.

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Courses IconAcademics

French Literature and Culture; Anthropology and Sociology; Geography; History; Art History; Tourism; Languages; Letters and Arts; Economics; Communication; Psychology; Education; Political Sciences; Management; etc.

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.

UVA Students: this is a transfer credit program.

Fall Term: late August- mid January
Spring Term: beginning January - mid May

Courses in Advanced French
For an additional fee of approximately 1500 Euros, UVA students who have not completed the prerequisiste 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'etudes francaises).

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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.


Program Director
Professor Janet Horne
Department of French
PO Box 400770
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Associate Program Director
Professor Cécile Rey
Department of French

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation

Graduate students will be expected to arrange their own housing in Lyon.  The typical cost of housing ranges from 600-650 Euros per month (assuming apartments are shared), and students should expect to pay housing for a full five month period.
Students may find this document helpful: Lyon Housing Booklet from CIEF

Program Alumna Casey Cordrey '13, French & Foreign Affairs

Casey Cordrey

"Having a full, five month semester in France's second largest city enabled me to really gain a sense of familiarity with the geography and the people."

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International student information

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Cost IconCost

Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, visa fees, and personal expenses. Students will make their own arrangements for accommodations.

Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.

UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.

CISI Insurance: UVA students will be enrolled CISI emergency medical and accident insurance by the International Studies Office, and do not need to self enroll as with other exchange programs.

French Social Security Law: French Social Security law requires that all international students under the age of 28 who will be staying in France for longer than three months pay the full year of social security insurance. The estimated cost is about 215 Euros. UVA students must pay this fee upon official registration at Lyon 2 at the beginning of the semester. Students will also purchase "responsabilité civile" insurance (20 Euros) prior to or at the beginning of the orientation program.

French Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII) Requirement: French law requires all students studying in France longer than six months to submit a residence form upon arrival in France, to undergo a medical exam organized by the OFII and to pay a 55 Euro tax (cost subject to change). Students should bring their birth certificate to France. Additional documents may be required, please see French consulate website.

Expenses IconExpected Expenses

  • UVA Tuition and Fees
  • Host institution Room and Board
  • International Airfare
  • Books and Supplies
  • Local Transportation
  • Passport and Visa
  • Personal Expenses
  • French Social Security Insurance 
  • OFII (Year students only)

Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible 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 IconPassport 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 by providing the required enrollment letters and guidance on the visa application process, however the responsibility of applying for a student visa falls on the student. Please visit the Campus France (link: website to review the expectations and requirements for a student visa. 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 Info IconHealth 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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.