Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3: Lyon

Undergraduate Global Immersion in France


Fall semester: early September to mid December

Spring semester: mid January to mid May

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

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Lyon University

Lyon University

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes (in English or French) directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.
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. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit 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 2015 and Spring 2016 is February 1, 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.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a 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

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.

The International Relations Department at Lyon will assist exchange students in finding housing in either private student residencies or with host families. Students will work with the housing coordinator and apply through that office.

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 Consulate.​

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.

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

Cost table

Estimated Expenses 2014-2015
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)$7029
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)$2500
Transportation (to and from program site)$1300
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization)$68
Books and Materials$200
Room and/or Board$5400
Essential Daily Living Expenses$1000
Global Identity Course - strongly recommended (charged to UMN student account)$200

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