Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3: Lyon

Undergraduate Global Immersion in France

Space available for Spring 2016!

Program Dates: 

The academic calendar at Lyon will differ from the University of Minnesota and all exchange students are expected to be at their host campus on the first day of orientation and through the last day of final exams.

Fall Semester 2015:

Integration Week: 2 -11 September

First day of courses: 14 September

End of Exams: 11 December 

Spring Semester 2016:

January - April 

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Lyon University

Lyon University

Location details

Lyon the second largest city of France with more than 1.5 million inhabitants. After Julius Caesar invaded and conquered Gaul (modern day France) more than 2,000 years ago, he set up his capital in Lyon.

During the Middle Ages, Lyon was established as an important crossroads for European traders. Home to Roman ruins, museums, coffee shops, opera, and great shopping, the city proudly proclaims to have some of the best cuisine in France. There are limitless opportunities to engage in French culture while being mere hours from Geneva, London, Paris, the Swiss Alps, or the Mediterranean Sea.

Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 is ranked among the 10 best in France. With six faculties working with students from Lyon's global network of more than 180 partners, international business is simulated in the classroom from the moment the syllabus is handed out. Carlson students are exposed to expert instructors and courses focused on relevant business issues facing managers and leaders every day.

The university enrolls more than 22,000 students, with approximately 5,000 of those enrolled in business degree programs. There are more than 800 international students at Lyon 3 each year. The Carlson School's partnership with Lyon 3 is deep and bridges many shared institutional interests.


  • There are a variety of different accommodations options to choose from including university residences, apartments, shared houses, or homestays. 
  • Exchange students have access to the Lyon III International Associatin that provides students with assistance in finding accommodation. 
  •  Students will work with the housing coordinator and apply through that office.
  • There are some compulsory housing fees including the application fee and deposit, as well as a housing tax and housing insurance. 

Academics and credits

Students are enrolled in 15 S/N Carlson School International Business (IBUS 5200) credits at the University of Minnesota during the semester they are abroad. Students will take a full course load (13-18 UMN credits per semester) at the host universitiy. Business courses taught in English are available for exchange students.

Students participating in CGI semester exchange programs are strongly encouraged to enroll in the 1-credit Global Identity course for business students. This course helps you to develop your intercultural skills and articulate the value of your experience to future employers. It offers an additional layer of support through one-on-one interactions with your instructor that complements the independent structure of the exchange program.

Carlson School students at the Lyon 3 will enroll in the Study in English in Lyon, France (SELF) program. Students enroll in a mandatory French language and culture course and select 4 additional business subjects. The focus of the program is to improve French language abilities while also building knowledge of international business topics through comparative analysis. Students will take a proficiency test at the Carlson School before departure to determine which French course best suits their ability. The ability to speak French is not a requirement but part of the program's focus on skill-building. Sample elective subjects include:

  • Business Management
  • Corporate Finance
  • Services Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • European Economics
  • International Marketing
  • Managing Global Business
  • International Business Agreements
  • Students with advanced French language skills may choose to take business courses in French through the DEUF program


  • No host country language skills required
  • UMN student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • Preference is given to Carlson School of Management students
  • Preferred minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Additional criteria may apply
  • The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation

Visa and Passport

  • All Carlson students are responsible for obtaining a passport before they participate on a study abroad program
  • All students participating on an exchange program will be responsible for obtaining a visa or residence permit if requried by their host country.  The Carlson Global Institute does not process visa applications for students participating on exchange programs
  • The Carlson Global Institute and the host university will provide resources for visa and residence permit applications if necessary, but students will need to work with the consulate and/or visa processing company directly as well
  • Visa and passport requirements are always subject to change by the host country and students are expected to check with the consulate for up-to-date information

What is a Business Exchange Program?

  • Exchange students are enrolled at a partner university in their host country and take business courses in English
  • Exchange students take courses with students from the host university as well as other exchange students from around the world
  • Exchange students attend their host university according to their term dates which differ from the University of Minnesota
  • Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university.
  • Semester exchange programs are best suited for a student who would like to be fully immersed in another city, educational, and country culture.
  • Exchange programs are small and only a few Carlson students will study at each partner university each semester.
  • There are no Carlson staff members on-site at the partner universities

Application and Admissions

To apply for an exchange program you must first apply through the Carlson Global Institute on the Apply page. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each term that you apply for a program. If you apply for two programs in Fall semester you will be charged $50. If you apply for one program in Fall semester and one in Spring semester you will be charged $100. The priority deadline for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 is February 1, 2016. Applications for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 will open on September 8th, 2015. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 6 weeks of the priority deadline.  Once accepted into an exchange program, you will also complete an application to the host university.  

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Please visit "Financial Aid" and "Scholarships" for more information.

Cost estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the host country consulate.

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2014-2015
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)$7,029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2,500
Transportation (to and from program site)$1,300
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization)$68
Books and Materials$200
Room and/or Board$5,400
Essential Daily Living Expenses$1,000
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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