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

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Language of Instruction: French
Language Prerequisite: Yes Fields of Study: Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Geography & Land Studies, History, Humanities, Language (other), Literature, Psychology, Social Sciences
Housing Options: Apartment, Independent Housing, Student Residence/ On Campus Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

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University Lumière Lyon 2




Program Snapshot

  • Founded in 1973, Université Lumière Lyon 2 welcomes nearly 30,000 students on its two campuses, ranging from undergraduate to doctoral level.

  • As a university of literature, languages, and human and social sciences, it is comprised of 13 teaching units spread over four main areas of teaching and research:

    • Art, literature, languages;

    • Law, economics, management;

    • Human and social sciences; Science, technology, health

  • Most coursework is only offered in French

  • International students, whether part of an exchange program or otherwise, account for more than 15% of the overall student body



Fun Facts about Lyon

  • Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, who created the Statue of Liberty, also designed the Fontaine Bartholdi, which can be found in Lyon’s Place des Terreaux.

  • There are said to be 400 hidden passageways concealed between various buildings in Lyon (There is an app to help you find them.)

  • This city currently has 14 Michelin star restaurants and is allegedly home to 22 of the best places to eat in the country

  • For just €15 a year, you can have unlimited access to a Vélo’v bicycle whenever you want!

Lyon is known for its cuisine and gastronomy and for its historical and architectural landmarks. It is known for the significant role it has played in the history of cinema. It is a major center for banking as well as for chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries. It is home to the international headquarters of Interpol. It was ranked 39th globally in Mercer’s 2015 livability ratings.

Academic Program and Courses

The semester dates are as follows:  

  • Fall semester:  September to mid-January (Fall only students may not be able to return to Western for Winter quarter)

  • Spring semester:  Mid-January to end of June

At Lyon 2, there are 6 faculties, 5 institutes, 1 university institute of technology and 1 international center. They offer coursework, taught in French, in the following fields:

  • Anthropology, sociology and political science faculty

  • Law and political science faculty

  • Geography, history, history of art and tourism faculty

  • Language faculty

  • Literature, language science and art faculty

  • Economic science and management faculty

  • Labour studies institute of Lyon

  • Communication institute

  • Trade union education institute

  • Psychology institute

  • Education sciences and practices institute

  • IUT Lumière university institute of technology

  • International centre of French studies (This program is not available through the Exchange agreement, but student may apply directly.)

Students enroll in regular university courses alongside French students, which makes this exchange an immersive and enriching cultural experience.


There are several private university residences in Lyon with rooms and studios available. The rent is usually between 400€ and 650€ per month and there are some administrative fees and a caution*.

A list of the main private university residences is available on the document « Info logement - résidence universitaire privées » [PDF - 21 Ko] (in French). 

Program Costs

Exchange program participants will pay a student fee based on WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees.  For students studying abroad for three quarters, this fee will be equal to in-state tuition and mandatory fees. Students studying abroad for a single semester will pay a semester rate for tuition, which equates to ½ year of in-state tuition. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.

Cost Estimates

Please note that France uses the Euro as it is the common currency of the European Union.

  • Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Academic Year 2018): USD ~$2,750 per quarter

  • Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Single Semester 2018): USD ~$3,940

  • Housing: 400 – 6500 euro/month

  • Meals: 200 – 300 euro/month

  • Books & Supplies: 200 euro/semester

  • National Health Insurance:

    • Study abroad health insurance: USD $1.56/day

    • Housing insurance: ~60 euros/year

    • French Health Insurance: ~230 euros

  • Personal Expenses: 100 – 300 euros/month

  • Airfare: $800 - $1,300


How to Apply

Step 1: Interview and Nomination

You must be nominated by Western’s EdAbroad office before you can apply for admission to Université Lumière Lyon 2. Here is the nomination process:

  • Create one EdAbroad application  

  • Complete the following four items in the Pre-Decision Section:

  • Sign the Read & Sign forms

  • Pay the application fee

  • Answer the Questionnaire (This will help prepare you for the interview)

  • Submit a completed Recommendation.

  • There are two other items in the Pre-Decision Section, but students can complete them either before or after the interview. 

  • Call the EdAbroad front desk to schedule an interview.

Deadline for Submitting Nomination material  

  • Fall Semester: February 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)

  • Spring Semester: June 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)

Late applications accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Once the student has come in for an interview, the status in their EdAbroad application will be changed to "Interviewed".

Step 2: Accept the Nomination

The EdAbroad office will make nomination decisions as soon as possible after all eligible candidates have been interviewed. Note that different host sites have different nomination and application deadlines. The timeline of the host site’s application process strongly influences the order in which the EdAbroad office processes student applications.  
The EdAbroad office will notify students of their nomination status by email. Nominated students will receive an attached Nomination Letter.
In order to accept the nomination, students should initial and sign the nomination letter and return it to the EdAbroad office by the date requested in the letter. Note that students will be required to pay a $500 deposit against tuition after accepting the nomination.

Once nominated students have submitted their signed and initialed nomination letter, their EdAbroad Application status will be updated to "Accepted". When a student's application status is changed from "Interviewed" to "Accepted", the remainder of the EdAbroad application material will become available for review and completion.
Step 3: The EdAbroad office submits your nomination to Université Lumière Lyon 2.

The EdAbroad office must formally nominate you to Université Lumière Lyon 2. When submitting your nomination, the EdAbroad office will need to know the following information:

  • Name of Student

  • Date of Birth

  • Email (We will provide your Western email by default. Let us know if you wish us to use a different email.)

  • Degree Level (e.g. 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year)

  • Length of stay

The deadlines for submitting your nominations are:

  • Fall/Academic Year: First week of April 15

  • Spring Semester: First week of October 15

Step 4: Fill out and Submit your Université Lumière Lyon 2 Application
Once nominated, Lyon will send you an email with registration procedures and a link for the online application. You will need to upload the following documents:

  • Official Transcript

  • Copy of your Passport

  • Proof of Language Proficiency if taking courses in French

Application deadlines

  • Fall/Academic Year: May 5

  • Spring Semester: November 5

Step 5: Acceptance Letter and Applying for your Visa
Students should be aware that the Visa application process is lengthy and complicated. Students are advised to educate themselves thoroughly. In short, students will need to do the following:

  • Start the application process by applying through Campus France. Students will need their Acceptance Letter from Lyon in order to complete their Campus France applications.
  • Request a student visa at your assigned French consulate
  • You must schedule an in-person appointment at your assigned Visa Processing Center

Note that during peak activity times, especially in the summer, available appointment slots fill up very quickly
You will want to make your appointment for at least 2-3 weeks prior to your anticipated departure date to allow time for the French Consulate to process your visa request
Additional Information

Additional Information

Campus France Student Visa Guide 
Welcome to Lyon
International Student Information
Link to courses


WWU Accessibility Notice

This program is currently not accepting applications.