Last updated on 23 oct. 2021

The Université Lumière Lyon 2 - Humanist, open and committed

Since its creation in 1973, the Université Lumière Lyon 2 has been committed to a strong and demanding vision of Higher Education and Research, driven by a spirit and values that are also its trademark: human and humanistic, committed and supportive, democratic and civic-minded. 

A founding member of the aggregation of universities and higher education institutions known as the COMUE Université de Lyon, the Université Lumière Lyon 2 welcomes nearly 30,000 students on two campuses to its bachelor's, master’s, and doctoral degrees.


The transmission and sharing of knowledge

With a varied range of training courses, the Université Lumière Lyon 2 combines openness and success in order to empower its students to actively develop their critical thinking skills in a multidisciplinary context in order to be able to address the societal challenges of the future.

Its thirteen faculties and institutes offer a wide range of courses in four areas of education and research: Arts, Literature, Languages / Law, Economics, Management / Humanities and Social Sciences / Sciences, Technology, Health.

Multidisciplinary research, at the heart of contemporary scientific and societal issues

Covering a very broad spectrum of disciplines in the Human and Social Sciences, the Université Lumière Lyon 2 is developing cutting-edge research in each of its fields. Sensitive to the concerns and issues of society such as gender, education, work, the city, disability, it participates fully in social progress through its research programs and numerous actions to disseminate knowledge.

With thirty-two laboratories and eight research federations, covering the fields of Letters - Languages - Human and Social Sciences, the Université Lumière Lyon 2 is committed to innovation, interdisciplinarity, partnership and international openness. Through the projects developed and carried out by its 936 professors and researchers, it promotes dialogue between the human and social sciences and the hard sciences, and places research at the heart of contemporary scientific and societal issues.

A University open to the world

International openness is an important issue for the Université Lumière Lyon 2, which it addresses up by encouraging student mobility through study and internship abroad experiences in Europe and around the world. It has also established numerous conjoint degrees with foreign academic institutions and leads international research activities. The Université Lumière Lyon 2 currently has 560 cooperation agreements with 370 institutions in 60 countries. International exchange and direct-enrolment students represent 18% of the total number of students.

A stimulating study environment

Located in the heart of the Lyon metropolis, with two main campuses, Berges du Rhône and Porte des Alpes, and three satelite sites, Rachais, Ecully and Le Vinatier, the Université Lumière Lyon 2 offers a study and work environment adapted to the needs of the university community.

Committed to a policy of transmission and wide dissemination of knowledge, the University Lumière Lyon 2 regularly organizes cultural and scientific events open to all. Building on the initiatives of professors and researchers and a network of local and national cultural partners, it offers a programme of lectures, exhibitions and live performances within and outside its walls.