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  • Locations: Lyon, France
  • Program Terms: Fall, Fall Back-Up, Full Year, Full Year Back-Up, Spring, Spring Back-Up
  • Restrictions: GU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Budget
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Language Prerequisite: Yes
Language(s): French Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Direct Matriculation
Non-GU Students May Apply: No Housing Options: Homestay
Level of Support: Medium (Moderate onsite support) Application Deadlines: February, October
OGE Advisor: Jason Sanderson Engagement Opportunities: Student Organizations
Program Description:

Courtyard of Institute d'Études Politiques
Sciences Po Lyon

Lyon, France



  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Language Prerequisites: Advanced French II (FREN102) or Intensive Advanced French II (FREN112)
  • Language Evaluation: Two-part evaluation for French required of all applicants prior to application deadline (typically takes place two weeks before the application deadline)
*If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, please meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to discuss your options.

About the Program

The Université Lumière is one of the three universities in Lyon created in the 1970s as a result of the decentralization of the former Université de Lyon. Located in the second largest city in France, the university is especially known for its Institut d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po). Learn more about Lyon, its universities, and student life on the program's website.

Hoyas in...

The GU Coordinator, Valérie Pelazzo Plat, serves as a liaison with the universities and provides non-academic support for students on the program. In addition, she organizes various cultural events and activities within Lyon and to places of interest in the region. 

All students receive a French SIM card, a youth discount pass for train travel, a monthly student pass for local public transportation as well as a lunch allowance for the university cafeteria system.


France’s second largest city, Lyon enjoys an ideal location less than two hours away from both Paris and the Riviera. Located on a peninsula between the Rhone and Saone rivers, Le Vieux Lyon, with its narrow passageways and Renaissance architecture, revives the romanticism and charm of old France. In addition to having some of the best museums, theater, and nightlife in the country, Lyon is a food-lover's paradise with more restaurants per meter in the old city than anywhere else on the planet.

Academic Calendar

  • Full year: late August to mid-May
  • Fall: late August to late December
  • Spring: early January to mid-May

Fields of Study

Language of instruction is French.

Fields of study include: African Studies, Arabic, Asian Studies, Chinese, Economics, European Studies, French, Government/Political Science, History, International Studies, Japanese, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Portuguese, Spanish


You are required to enroll in a full courseload and complete all exams and assignments associated with the course regardless of the credit you wish to receive on the program. Withdrawal from a course or failure to take/complete a final will be regarded as an unauthorized reduction in courseload and a violation of the academic policy.

A full courseload for this program is: six courses per semester, core course on Social Justice in France plus language pre-session

You will take a language pre-session course. Fall and full-year students take an intensive thematic course and choose between "Lyon, ville durable", "Lyon, portrait d'une ville historique," or "Techniques universitaires". Spring students take "Techniques universitaires".

You will choose five courses per semester: at least one each: cours fondamental (core lecture course), conférence de méthode (seminar) related to the core course, cours optionnel/spécialisé (free elective), one French language methodology course and a core course on Social Justice in France.

For more on course information, please review courses in first, second and fourth years are all available.

The minimum passing grade for this program is: 9/20

You are expected to take all courses and complete all coursework in French. You will not receive credit for courses taught in English, or in which the readings are primarily in English, nor may you use such coursework to meet the requirement for a full courseload.  

You are required to live in program housing.

You will live with a host family. You will be asked to indicate your preferences as part of your application. Using this information, Mme. Pelazzo-Plat, will match you with a family where you will take some of your meals. You will also receive a stipend to purchase lunches at university-sponsored cafeterias. 

Program Budget

Sciences Po Lyon Program Budget


Single-semester students on this program may be eligible for the Michael Jurist Memorial Scholarship for Study Abroad. We advise students to research and pursue a wide range of funding opportunities. To find other scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website.

We are committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. We hope that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.

With over 200 approved-programs, we are confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with your OGE advisor to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.

To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website.

Stories Beyond the Hilltop Blog

Learn more about Hoya experiences in Lyon in Stories Beyond the Hilltop.
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Open Application Deadlines & Dates
Open Application Deadlines & Dates
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/12/2019 TBA TBA