Last updated on 12 juin 2020
The Université Lumière Lyon 2 has more than 360 partner universities in more than 60 countries across the world. In 2018-2019, 815 international students were welcomed as part of exchange programs.

An exchange student is an international student enrolled in a foreign university that has signed an agreement with the Université Lumière Lyon 2.

The student comes to the Université Lumière Lyon 2 in order to study and does not receive a Lyon 2 diploma, s/he will receive the diploma of his/her home university. The Université Lumière Lyon 2 provides the student with an academic transcript which will be transcribed into a grade from his/her country of origin.

The Université Lumière Lyon 2 does not require any attestation or certificate of French proficiency. Nevertheless, since the majority of courses are taught in French, we strongly advise future students to have a B1-B2 level (according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Practical information 

How to apply ? 

You must be enrolled at a foreign university that has signed an agreement with the Université Lumière Lyon 2 and be chosen by your home university to participate in an exchange at our university. Follow your University’s different steps in order to apply for a university exchange program. Find out more...

Obtaining a VISA / Residency permit

If you are a citizen of a member state of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland you do not need a visa to come and study in France.

If you are a citizen of another country you must obtain a long-stay visa for studies before entering France. This visa is mandatory. It is not possible to obtain a visa once you have entered France.
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Finding accomodation

It has become difficult to find rental accommodation in Lyon in recent years. This is why we suggest you start looking for accommodation as soon as you have received the acceptance e-mail from the Université Lumière Lyon 2.

Health, social security & insurance 

As an international student, you can benefit from basic French health care during your studies in France. You can also purchase in to complementary health insurance policy.

Teaching information

Choosing your courses, filling in your learning agreement, organisation of classes, marks & ECTS credits, French Language requirements... Find all the information about your courses here...

Plan your budget

Studying in France is something for which you want to be prepared, it is therefore important to plan a sufficient budget for the year.
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Getting a job (Right to work)

Depending on your situation, there are restrictions on the right to work while you are studying.

Coming to Lyon & getting around

Being the second-largest urban area of France and located in the country's east-central part about 470 km (292 mi) south of Paris, Lyon has many transport facilities that connect it with other French and European cities in the area.