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  • Locations: Lyon, France
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/10/2019 09/27/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: French Major: Biological Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Natural and Physical Sciences, Physics
Program Description:

Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 - Université de Lyon 
Lyon, France
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About the Program | Lyon, France | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links

About the Program
The Université Claude Bernard (Lyon I) is the science and technology school of the Université de Lyon system. Home to 3,500 researchers who produce over 4,300 publications per year, Lyon I UCB is known as the premier institution in France for the sciences. Approximately 40,000 students are currently studying at Lyon I. Tulane students who participate in this direct enrollment program will take courses in French alongside degree-seeking local students. In addition, they will take one or two advanced French language courses. 

Students begin their studies in France in either Lyon or Dijon with a language program, which includes an intensive orientation and language course at the Centre International d’Études Françaises (CIEF).  The program involves 14 hours of language classes per week plus four to six hours per week of presentations, discussions and activities designed to help you integrate into life in Lyon and on a French university campus.  The goal of the language courses is to provide preparation for immersion in French university courses. Students then matriculate directly into the Lyon I to begin coursework in their major or minor field of study.

Lyon, France
Nestled in the Rhône-Alps region of southeastern France, Lyon is the nation’s second-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 known for being the center of the silk industry during the Renaissance and of the French Resistance in World War II.  In addition to having quaint historical districts and offering easy access to beautiful parks nearby, Lyon is renowned as the gastronomic capital of France.


  • 3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.5 GPA in French
  • For Applicants Fall 2019 ONLY: Completion of two semesters of French at Tulane, with a B or above, including FREN 3150 and FREN 3210 or 3250 prior to the semester of departure.
  • For Applicants Spring 2020 and later: Completion of two semesters of French at Tulane, with a B or above, including FREN 3150 and FREN 3160. Students are strongly recommended to take FREN 3210 and/or FREN 3250 prior to the semester of departure.
  • All applicants will be required to take the DALF in March or October as part of the application process.
  • The application process includes a language interview with the French department faculty. 

Fields of Study
Biology, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics. 
Due to the sequential nature of most Bachelor of Science degrees at Tulane, students should work closely with departmental advisers when planning their study abroad.

Academic Culture 
On this Direct Enrollment program, students take the same courses undertaken by French students who are studying for their degrees. There are two main types of courses within the French university system. One type, called cours magistraux/cours fondamentaux, consists of a series of lectures held in amphitheaters. The lectures present a broad theoretical analysis of major issues and trends in the given field. Although assigned homework is rare, professors do provide extensive bibliographies from which you are expected to select books to read. You will not receive a schedule of reading assignments such as you might receive at Tulane. On the final exam, you may be asked to present a broad, conceptual analysis of a given question based on lectures and independent reading. You must obtain a comprehensive knowledge of the subject through judicious reading.
The cours magistraux/cours fondamentaux are supplemented with travaux dirigés or conférences de méthode. These are conducted in smaller groups and follow more closely the pedagogical pattern practiced in American universities.

Course Plan
Academic Year Students Spring Semester Students Pre-semester French Intensive course in Dijon Pre-semester French Intensive course in Lyon One or two advanced French language or grammar course One or two advanced French language or grammar course Direct enrollment in cours magistraux and travaux dirigés within student’s major academic department Direct enrollment in cours magistraux and travaux dirigés within student’s major academic department  

Student Life
As a student directly enrolled at the Université de Lyon, you can participate in the various on-campus organizations and student associations, just like you would at Tulane. Past Tulane students have also joined in club sports and "Tandem" groups - essentially, language exchange groups to improve French language skills while assisting local students in learning English. Because of the independent nature of this exchange program, students can engage in local student life as much or as little as they wish. Lyon, as the second-largest city in France, is alive with various cultural opportunities including opera, museums, music, theater and dance. 

If you are interested in participating in volunteer work in Lyon you should contact France Bénévolat. This is a very active association that centralizes most of the requests for volunteer opportunities in the city and they would be happy to welcome Tulane students to participate in their events.

Tulane students generally choose to live in Résidences Universitaires, privately operated student residences throughout the city, or find independent housing in an apartment or homestay. The International Office at Lyon I assists students in locating housing. Room and board fees are paid on-site directly by the student. 

Helpful Links
Lyon 1 Website
Lyon 1 Social Media
Language Institute in Dijon
Lyon Tourism Webpage
Lyon 1 Exchange Website
France Visa Information

Contact Past Participants
Click HERE to contact recent study abroad alumni in this region.