Université Lumière - Lyon II

Université Lumière - Lyon II is an exchange destination for Utrecht University Bachelor and Master students of the faculty of Humanities in Lyon, France.

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General information for exchange students

Course information

Academic calendar

Semester I: September – January
Semester II: January - June

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Language requirement: a minimum language level of B1 (CEFR) in English is required.
The International Office (UU Humanities) recommends a B2 level at the moment of exchange in order to fully participate in the courses.

The Université Lumière Lyon 2 is a French-speaking institution. At this time, they do not require any official certificate of French level for exchange students, however incoming exchange students must be sufficiently proficient in French to be able to follow classes and complete coursework. Very few courses are offered in English.

During the online application, students will be able to register for a French course :

  • The FEMI is a semester-long French language and methodology course created to help students participating in an exchange program to improve their French-language skills and to learn French academic methodology which will help them be successful in their coursework. This course is free of charge.
  • The pre-semester intensive French-language learning program Stage PRUNe, is open to students having a minimum B1 to C2 level of French.

It will not be possible to enrol for the French language courses after the end of the application period for students. For more information, please visit the CIEF website

Areas of study open to exchange students

Arts and Humanities 

Exchange students are free to choose any course they want from any regular undergraduate program (L1 to L3) and first-year master’s program classes (M1) for MA students. Students may not enrol in professionalizing undergraduate programme classes (L2 & L3 pro), university technical degree programme classes (DUT), in second year master’s classes (M2) or in DU programme classes.

Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction


Housing assistance

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Estimated living costs per month

It takes an avarage monthly budget of about €850 to live properly in Lyon.

Planning your budget depends a lot on the accommodation you will have and on your lifestyle. Be aware that a student card allows you to get many discounts or transportation and shows.

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Normal study load per semester: 30 ECTS

Number of places available

5 places 

Additional information


Do you have any questions about this partner university or about studying abroad? Contact the International Office of the Faculty of Humanities (details below).