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Introduction to Lyon

The third largest city in France, Lyon is home to over 1.5 million people. It is located in a dramatic setting surrounded by hills at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Its location on a major trade route between Northern Europe and Italy made Lyon an important city of the Roman Empire. During the Renaissance it was a center for humanist scholarship, printing, banking, and the newly-established silk industry. Lyon continues to grow as an industrial, cultural, and gastronomic center. Today it is one of France’s most prominent centers for European business.

The Lyon program facilitates student exchange between four different French universities located in Lyon and students from any of the Oregon University System (OUS) universities. The program allows students to enroll in either French language courses or in regular university courses, in almost any field of study, taught entirely in French. The program is suitable for all students who have completed second-year college-level French or the equivalent. In addition, the Lyon program offers a fall term or winter/spring term program for undergraduate students in Business, Political Science, Urban Studies or European Studies where core courses are taught in English.


  • Encompassing four different French universities with various specialty areas, the Lyon program offers a wide variety of disciplines and courses
  • Participants have access to courses in unique fields, including sports sciences, encoding and cryptography (Lyon 1); human rights, development studies, anthropology, women’s studies, theory of art and music (Lyon 2); business, territorial planning, and philosophy (Lyon 3); and human rights, translation studies, ethics, and theology (FacCatho).
  • Business, Political Science, Urban Studies or European Studies students may select a fall term or winter/spring term option.
  • Participants may complete one of several one-year diplomas (diplôme) offered by the various Lyon universities, while continuing to earn credits toward their home campus degree
  • A large, busy metropolitan area and major port-of-entry for immigration into France, Lyon boasts everything from the ruins of a Roman amphitheater to interesting postmodern architecture, and several dialects of French (and other languages) can be heard on its cosmopolitan streets and squares
  • Lyon is considered by many to be the culinary capital of France, with exquisite cuisine in every price range
  • Lyon is in the romantic southeastern region of France, in close proximity to the Côte-d'Azur (Mediterranean coast); Monaco; Marseilles; the Swiss, French and Italian Alps; and just a few hours from Paris by train

The Oregon University System International Programs are cooperative programs to which all students in public universities in Oregon and select private partner universities have access. The programs are predominately reciprocal exchanges that not only send students abroad, but also bring students to Oregon campuses. It is through these direct relationships that students and faculty connect with partner institutions abroad and bring diversity to Oregon universities.

Campus Contact

Eastern Oregon University

Janet Camp

Inlow Hall 109E
La Grande, OR 97850

(541) 962-3406

Oregon Institute of Technology

Deanne Pandozzi

Klamath Falls, OR 97601
(541) 885- 1847

Oregon State University

Leslie Lundborg or
Laura Hampton

International Programs
1600 SW Western Blvd., Suite 290 or

(541) 737-6465 or (541) 737-6470

Portland State University

Rachel Goff

International Affairs, East Hall 101
Portland, OR 97207

(503) 725-4195

Southern Oregon University

Mary Gardiner

International Programs
Stevenson Union 321
Ashland, OR 97520

(541) 552-6336

University of Oregon

Diane Pritchard

International Programs
Oregon Hall 330
Eugene, OR 97403

(541) 346-1226

Western Oregon University

Alaric Trousdale

Study Abroad &
International Exchanges
APS 501
Monmouth, OR 97361
(503) 838-8493

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