[en]Publié le March 1, 2013
You wish to come and study at the university Lumière Lyon 2? Here is some useful information. If you have other questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
The words or group of words followed by a * are explained in the glossary.
1. Who can be an exchange student at Lyon 2?
If you wish to come to Lyon 2 to graduate there, please read the information for international degree-seeking students.
Been an exchange student in Lyon 2 you will leave in the country that attracks the most tourists each year, in the city that hosts the light festival, the capital of French gastronomy, a UNESCO World Heritage. In Lyon you will enjoy a lot of cultural events.
It will be an excellent occasion to discover the French culture and improve you French while pursuing your academic career.
3. When to come?
Steps to apply in the university Lumière Lyon 2 as an exchange student:
1) Fill in the online application form which is available here.
You have to create a personal account first. You can then start to fill in your online application, you can save it and continue later if you want.
When you have completed the whole application form, make sure there is no mistake and validate the form. Then you have to print the pdf document created and have it signed by your coordinator.
2) Send to the postal address:
Julie ROUAUD - Julie TARERIAT
Université Lumière Lyon 2
Direction des Relations Internationales
16 quai Claude Bernard
F - 69365 Lyon cedex 07
IMPORTANT : We have to receive all those documents by:
Keep a copy of all those documents with you.
If you want French language courses, please read the information about:
3) Wait, we will answer you.
We will send you an e-mail to inform you whether you are accepted or not:
If by the above mention dates you have not received an answer from us, please send an e-mail to email@example.com with all the scanned documents.5. Which courses to choose?
If you are an exchange student in the university Lumière Lyon 2, you can choose nearly all courses offered, in any department and of any level. You do not have to take all the courses from a diploma or an unite d'enseignement*(block of courses). You will find a link to the list of courses per subject at the end of this chapter. Unfortunately it is rare to find a description of the courses. You have to make a first choice of courses without coming to France. You will be able to change your learning agreement* once you will be in Lyon and have more details about the courses.
Attention, your study programme should always be approved by your home university*.
Attention, there is a very limited number of courses given in English and the teachers do not translate in English for the exchange students. You have to be able to follow courses in French.
You can also attend :
Attention, exchange students can usually not attend the following courses:
Attention, the courses taught from September to January are different from the ones taught from September to June.
For each course, you pass the exam if you obtain at least 10 out of 20 (minimum 0 maximum 20). The university Lumière Lyon 2 gives you:
Except for the two French language courses:
6. How much money you will need?
Your budget will depend a lot on you accommodation and lifestyle. Do not forget that you can obtain discounts in many places (transports, cultural events ...) with your student card. Keep it with you!
Here are some examples to help you estimate the cost of your stay:
Culture / leisure
7. How to obtain a visa?
If you are a national from the European Union, Island, Liechtenstein, Norway or Sweden, you do not need a visa to study in France.
If you are a national from an other country, you have to obtain a long-stay study visa to study in France. This visa is mandatory and can not be obtained once you are in France. You have to obtain it before coming.
To obtain a visa, you have to:
Attention: if you are a resident of a European Union country but not a national from a European union country, you will have to obtain a visa to study in France.
It has become difficult to find an accommodation in Lyon. You have to start looking for one as soon as your receive the acceptance e-mail from the université Lumière Lyon 2.
There are several kinds of accommodation.
The rooms and studios in the public university residences
These are rooms and studios with not much comfort, outside of the city centre.
The rent for a room varies between 180€ and 240€ per month. The rent for a studio is around 340€ per month. More details about the public university residences are available on the document « Info logement - résidence universitaire publique » [PDF - 12 Ko] (in French).
You can ask for a room or a studio in the public residence when you apply online to be an exchange student in Lyon 2.
ATTENTION: The université Lumière Lyon 2 has a limited number of rooms and studios in the public university residence. We can not accommodate all students who ask it.
The rooms and studios in the private university residences
There are several private university residences in Lyon with rooms and studios available. The rent is usually between 400€ and 650€ per month and there are some administrative fees and a caution*.
A list of the main private university residences is available on the document « Info logement - résidence universitaire privées » [PDF - 21 Ko] (in French).
Host family accommodations
This is a special type of room. The landlord (a person or a family) is living in the apartment (or the house) and is renting a room. You have to agree on the rights and duties of the landlord and the tenant. Some landlords are willing to share breakfast and even sometimes diner.
The rent is usually between 350€ and 550€.
Some advertisement of host family accommodations (chambre chez l'habitant in French) can be found on the website of the CROUS. We will also send other offers by e-mail to the students accepted as exchange students in the université Lumière Lyon 2.
Flat sharing, individual rooms and studios
These are rooms or studios to be rented directly from the landlord or from an estate agency.
The rent is usually between 350€ and 600€.
More details about these accommodations are available on the document « Info logement - logement hors résidence» [PDF - 9 Ko] (in French).
Good to know
Do not hesitate to use the tool « routes » on the website of the public transportation of Lyon. This will allow you to know the time you will need to go from an accommodation to each campus of the université Lyon 2.
When you arrive in Lyon, if you have not found an accommodation yet, we will provide you with a computer, internet access and a telephone at the International Office.
ATTENTION : Never take or leave an accommodation without signing an état des lieux* (inventory and statement of state of repair). Be really careful when you make this document.
When you arrive in Lyon, if you have not found an accommodation yet, do not forget to book a temporary accommodation. A list of the main temporary accommodation is available on the document « Info logement - hébergement temporaire » [PDF - 9 Ko] (in French).9. Contacts
If you have any question, do not hesitate to contact us:
Photo by Serge TANET
Bailleur : The person that does the bail* and sign it with the tenant.
Caution : It is the deposit you give to the landlord when you move in a flat. It is usually one month of rent. It is given back to you when you leave if you always paid the rent on time and did not damage the flat.
Caution solidaire : It is a caution* shared between the tenant when there are several tenants. If you share a flat and you have a caution solidaire, the deposit, the rent and the charges locatives have to be shared by the tenants. If one of the tenants can not pay, the other tenants are indebted for it.
Chauffage individuel : you pay only the heating you use. When you move in, you have to contact the gaz and/or electricity supplier: Gaz de France (GDF) and/or Électricité de France (EDF). You have to terminate the contract you have with those suppliers when you leave.
Colocation : Flat-sharing. You share the same flat with other people, called the colocataires. Check the conditions on your bail*: There is either one bail per tenant, or one bail for all the tenants (and a caution solidaire*).
Contrat pédagogique : (do not confuse with the learning agreement*) it the list of courses that you take once you are in Lyon 2. This list in on a colourful paper given to you by the DRI* at the beginning of each semester. It will bear the title of each course you take and the signature of each teacher.
Coordinateur : Coordinator. Being an exchange student, you will have several coordinators. A coordinator is a person, usually a teacher, who helps you to choose the courses. You have a coordinator in you home university* and one in the university Lumière Lyon 2.
Exchange : A student doing an exchange is a student registered in his home university* and in a host university* but who will graduate from his home university* only. In this case the student pays the registrations fees only to his home university*, but will attend courses in the host university* during one semester or one academic year. To participate in an exchange, there has to be an agreement signed between the home university* and the host university*.
Garant : It is a person who accept to pay your rent if you have a problem and can not pay it on time. The landlords or their representatives often ask to provide a garant. The garant should live in the European Union and should be able to prove that he earns at least three times the rent per month. Some landlords might accept to you a flat without a garant if you pay several months of rent in advance when you move in.
Learning agreement : It is the list of courses that you wish to take when you will be in Lyon 2. You do the learning agreement and send it with your application before coming in Lyon. If you are accepted in Lyon 2 we will sign the learning agreement and give it back to you when you arrive in Lyon.
Taxe d'habitation : Housing tax. Any person living in an independent flat has to pay the taxe d'habitation. It depends on the rent and the income of the tenant. This tax is paid at the end of the year, for the flat you live in on the first of January (in the end of 2012 you will pay the taxe d'habitation for the flat you lived in on January 1st, 2011).
Unité d'enseignement (U.E.): several courses are put together. Those U.E. are often « majeur », « complément de majeur » or « UE transversale ». The exchange students do not have to follow or the courses of one U.E.