OUS: France, Lyon

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The Lyon program is ideal for students in a variety of majors who have a solid base in French language and are hoping to experience cultural immersion in the French context, and for business students with limited background in French to pursue study of international business and French language in a major European business center.

The year-long Lyon exchange program is a unique opportunity for students to improve their French proficiency and expand their academic training in general-education; this can be accomplished by taking major and minor courses within a French university.  The language of instruction is French, with only rare exceptions.

There are two types of year-long study in Lyon.  Most Oregon students in Lyon make use of the language institute courses offered at both the Institut de Langue et de Culture Française (ILCF), which is part of the Catholic University, and the Centre International d'Études Françaises (CIEF), which is part of Lyon 2.  Students arriving in the Lyon program with less than three years of college-level French completed will spend their first semesters studying French full-time at one of these two language institutes and then transition into more direct enrollment courses the second semester. 

Students whose French skills are sufficient may select from direct enrollment courses offered at any of four different universities in Lyon (Lyon 1, Lyon 2, Lyon 3, and the Catholic University).  The universities are described in more detail below.  Most students who arrive in Lyon with three or more years of college-level French completed are ready for direct enrollment starting the first semester and select their courses from regular university offerings. 

OUS undergraduate students majoring or minoring in business may also select the fall semester or winter/spring semester business studies program in Lyon. The business program allows participants to choose from two well-known business studies programs, ESDES at the Catholic University, or SELF at Lyon 3. Core business courses (in disciplines such as marketing, international business, human resource management, cross-cultural management, etc.) are taught in English, and students also take a French language course that complements their study of international business.


For over twenty years, Oregon students have studied on this exchange program in the cosmopolitan city of Lyon. Nestled in the Rhône-Alps region of southeastern France, Lyon is the nation's third largest city. With a population exceeding one million and in close proximity to Switzerland and Italy, Lyon holds the status of a major European cultural, research, and trade center. Founded by the Romans over 2,000 years ago, Lyon is also known for being the center of the silk industry during the Renaissance and of the French Resistance in World War II. Experience the historic and contemporary vibrancy of a city filled with museums, theaters, monuments, and restaurants. Students enjoy the support of an experienced full-time Resident Director in the Centre Oregon in Lyon.

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Minimum 2.75 GPA. For the year-long program, you need two years of college level French with a GPA of 3.00 or higher; if you wish to take courses outside of the Language Institute and in the regular French university, you need three years of college level French. For the fall business option, you must be a Business major or minor and have one year of French (or the equivalent).

OUS France Program Deadlines

Fall or Year-long Program: March 15

Winter/Spring Semester Program: October 15

Summer-Lyon (fashion, business, agriculture, chemistry): March 1

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Academic emphasis: 
Biochem. & Biophys.
Business Admin.
Computer Sci.
Exercise & Sport Sci.
Political Science
Speech Comm.
Tourism & Outdoor Lead
Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies

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