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Program Description


Lyon Campus at night

Photo courtesy of University of Lumiere-Lyon 2

Quick Facts

  • To receive priority consideration for this program, Spring applications will be reviewed, after June 15th. Academic Year applications will be reviewed, after February 1st.  Applications will continue to be accepted through the posted application deadline, if space allows.
  • Mid-way between the sea and the mountains, at the heart of a flourishing region, close to many European cities, Lyon is an idea location.
  • l'Universte Lumiere-Lyon 2 welcomes over 4,000 international students from 132 countries, with a total of nearly 30,000 students
  • In Lyon students may select from a broad range of courses in various disciplines, including psychology, political science, history, business and languages



Photo courtesy of University of Lumiere-Lyon 2

Location Details

Situated on the main axis between the European North and South, the Rhone Region is an attractive area. With some 1,250,000 inhabitants, Lyon is the second largest city in France, after Paris. The city of Lyon boasts an extraordinary historical and cultural heritage. In 1998, UNESCO added the historic city of Lyon to its World Heritage List. Additionally, the city of Lyon has long been renowned for its culinary specialties. Gastronomic pleasures are a part of the city's tradition and way of life, delighting the city's visitors. Lyon is a city of culture and creation. Visited by many artists, Lyon is a natural meeting point for members of the artistic community. The city offers a variety of venues and activities to suit a wide audience. With its many parks and gardens, Lyon offers a very attractive place to live and study.


Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

As an exchange student in the university Lumière Lyon 2, you can choose from nearly all courses offered, in any department and at any level. It is important to note that all courses are taught in French, so a high level of language comprehension is required.

For more information and a list of courses, click here. Make sure to select 'Licence' from the dropdown box to search for undergraduate courses, then you can search further by discipline. 

Students may not enrol in professionalizing undergraduate programme classes (L2 & L3 pro), university technical degree programme classes (DUT), in second year master’s classes (M2) or in DU programme classes. Students interested in taking M1 classes should consult with their International Coordinator to discuss limitations in credit transferability.

Students may also choose up to two classes from Université Catholique de Lyon, Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP), Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS), Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 and Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, if and only if the equivalent course is not taught at Université Lumière Lyon 2.

French as a Foreign Language Courses:
Exchange students have the opportunity to enroll in French as a foreign language classes at our International Centre for French Studies (Centre International d’Etudes Françaises) which specializes in French-language learning for non-native French speakers.

Programme information and enrolment procedures are available here:

Glossary of Terms:

  • Term One = US Fall Semester
  • Term Two = US Spring Semester
  • Course = US major
Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click Here to view how credits and grades at Universite Lumiere Lyon 2 will convert to ASU credits and grades.

**Please Note that students CANNOT receive credit for FRE 321 and FRE 322 abroad. These courses must be completed at ASU.**


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Program Housing

It can be difficult to find accomodation in Lyon, therefore it is important to begin looking as soon as you receive your acceptance letter from the university Lumière Lyon 2. There are several options for accomodations available to exchange students:

  • Rooms and Studios in Public University Residences
  • Rooms and Studios in Private University Residences
  • Host Family Accomodation
  • Flat Sharing, Individual Rooms and Studio Rental from a Landlord

More information and guidance will be provided to students after formal acceptance to the university.


Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in France, while there are a variety of accessible forms of transportation, Paris Metro stations remain largely inaccessible to people with mobility disabilities. Students may find that sidewalks are narrow and uneven, and cobblestone streets make access difficult in some areas.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in France, racism and discrimination do occur, but seem to be directed more towards immigrants from Africa or the Middle East. 

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 09/10/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2022 09/09/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed