Published on July 19, 2021 Updated on February 25, 2022
from 1 July
to 19 September 2021

Whether you are an international exchange student, an individual student, or an international doctoral student, below you will find practical information to help you prepare for your arrival and your studies at the Université Lumière Lyon 2.

Obtaining a visa

Since June 9, 2021, new procedures for coming to France apply to international students and researchers. They differ according to your country of origin and your vaccination status.
To see the evolution of the situation, consult regularly the Campus France website.

The French government prioritizes international student mobility and the consulates continue to issue visas so that international students can safely reach their host institution at the beginning of the new school year. 

The Université Lumière Lyon 2 will grant late arrival permits to students coming from countries on the red list (circulation of COVID variants) which are not authorized to enter French territory for the moment and where consulates are processing visa applications while waiting for a favorable outcome. 

To obtain a late arrival authorization, please contact the person in charge of the program in which you are enrolled. 

Check in which category (green, orange, red) your country is located on the site: 

The Ministry of the Interior website should be consulted regularly for updates:

Late arrival

Thanks to the current positive developments in the health situation, the vast majority of courses are scheduled to take place on campus. It is therefore not possible to attend classes virtually at the Université Lumière Lyon 2.

We are aware of the problems linked to obtaining visas for students coming from certain countries. A late arrival will therefore be tolerated on the condition that the student commits to make up the missed classes.

To obtain an authorisation for late arrival, please contact the school administrators or the person in charge of the course you have been enrolled in. 

Health measures and vaccination

Depending on your country of origin and your vaccination status, the procedures that apply for coming to France are different. Isolation and quarantine measures may be imposed on students arriving in France.

The vaccines recognized by France are those recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) which are, to date  
- Comirnaty (Pfizer)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna 
- COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen 
- Vaxzevria (Astrazenecca)

Download the informational flyer
Visit the Campus France website for more information

Like all students and researchers in France, international students can be vaccinated if they wish and have access to free PCR tests. 

As soon as you arrive in France, register with the Assurance Maladie on 

Admission procedure - non-exchange students

After your admission, you must follow the registration steps that are mandatory at the Université Lumière Lyon 2: 

  • Administrative Enrolment (IA)
  • Academic Enrolment (IP)

In order to carry out the administrative enrolment procedure, you must receive an authorisation to enrol as well as your certificate of payment of the Student and Campus Life Contribution (CVEC). The enrolment authorisation is a document sent by the programme secretary and not by the International Student Office (DRI).
As a reminder, the University charges the same admission fees for all students:

You also have to pay the CVEC, which you can find on the website

If you have these two documents, you can proceed with the administrative enrolment, then the academic enrolment.

The administrative enrolment procedure is completely paperless and is done via the enrolment platform. 
Please note that the platform will be closed from 23 July to 21 August 2022. 

Once your application has been validated by the Admissions Office, you will receive your certificate of enrolment by email after having created your Lyon 2 account.

For more information, please visit

Finding housing

In order to prepare your arrival in Lyon, we advise you to look for your accommodation as soon as possible.

The Université Lumière Lyon 2 does not reserve accommodation for international students enrolled in one of our programs.

University residences are managed by the CROUS of Lyon:

In order to help you in your search for accommodation, the International Student Office provides you with:

The Housing Guide in French and in English Online modules:

Click here for the procedure to follow to create an account and access the modules.

We also suggest you to search on the Studapart platform because it gathers several types of offers (student residence, shared room, etc.) and it is possible to reserve an accommodation for short and long periods (between 1 and 24 months). 

Budget needed for your arrival

Plan on an average budget of about 850€ per month to live in Lyon.

Before your departure, make sure that you will be able to withdraw money in France with your bank card. If this is not the case, bring cash for the first few weeks until you open an account in France.

More details on the budget to plan here.

Back to school meetings and info

University courses start on 13 September. Consult the 2021-2022 university calendar

The integration period for students enrolled in the first year of the licence (L1) will take place from Monday 6 September to Friday 10 September 2021. Consult all the programming for the start of the academic year at

Welcome meetings for international students to help you familiarise yourself with the university environment and daily life in Lyon will take place in September. 
Register for one of the back-to-school meetings for international students

Orientation and support for international students

Non-exchange students

For all academic questions (choice of courses, schedules, late arrival certificate, enrolment authorisation, etc.) you should contact the person in charge of your programme. You will find all the contacts on

If you have any questions about getting settled in France (visa/residence permit, social security, housing, etc.) you can contact the International Student Office and attend the welcome meetings in September.

Exchange students
Find all the information on

Contact your advisor at the International Relations Department's Mobility Service. You will find the contacts on

Useful information


Contact the International Student Office :