Location: Lyon, France, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program available to undergraduate and graduate students

There are two program options available to UMSL students. Students may directly enroll in regular academic programs taught in French alongside French students and have a high/native proficiency (DEUF Program), or participate in the SELF program with course offerings in English. 

Special Note: Students majoring or minoring in French are eligible for the Nason-Goodman scholarship through the Lyon Sister Cities organization. There are a limited number available, and awards are up to $1,000 per semester. Deadline is in early April; please coordinate your application with the UMSL study abroad coordinator and French department.

Language of Instruction: English and/or French

UMSL Term Abroad: Depends on program selection.

DEUF Program - taught in French - Academic Year, Spring
Approximate Dates Abroad:
Academic Year: Early September - Late May
Spring Semester: Early January - Late May

SELF Program - taught in English - Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Approximate Dates Abroad:
Fall: Early September - Mid December
Spring: Early January - Late April

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so.

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (priority), March 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility RequirementsThis program is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Knowledge of French language is not a prerequisite for the SELF program (see below). Students who are interested in enrolling in the regular program should have taken at least three courses beyond French 2101 as well as French 3200 prior to departure. The ideal candidate for this exchange is flexible, highly independent, and self-motivated.

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Subjects Available:

  • TAUGHT IN ENGLISH (Varies by term)
  • Business - Accounting
  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - Finance
  • Business - International Business
  • Business - Logistics & Operations Management
  • Business - Management
  • Business - Marketing
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • History
  • Literature
  • Political Science
  • Advertising
  • Business - Accounting (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Business Administration (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Finance  (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - International Business (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Logistics & Operations Management (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Management (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Marketing (also available at graduate level)
  • Business - Operations Management (graduate level only)
  • Communications (also available at graduate level)
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics (graduate level only)
  • English - Literature (graduate level only)
  • History (also available at graduate level)
  • Languages - Ancient Greek
  • Languages - Arabic
  • Languages - Chinese
  • Languages - French
  • Languages - German
  • Languages - Japanese
  • Languages - Latin
  • Languages - Modern Greek
  • Languages - Spanish
  • Literature
  • Philosophy (also available at graduate level)
  • Political Science (also available at graduate level)
  • Psychology (also available at graduate level)


The University: The university has 23000 students: 16000 UG, 8000 Graduates.

Academics: Students may take courses in French or English. Students wishing to take courses in French should have a language level of at least a B2 and higher levels are preferred. Courses available in English are offered through the SELF program (see below for more information).

DEUF Program - Courses in French:
Students with sufficient high proficiency in French will take one French as a Foreign Language course and may follow any regular university course in law, business, languages, humanities, or technology. If a student completes a full academic year of coursework, he or she will earn a diploma from Universite Jean Moulin: DEUF (Diplôme d'Etudes Universitaire Françaises). Students may also take a combination of regular university courses with SELF program courses.

SELF Program - Courses in English:
Students with lower French proficiency may follow the SELF Program (Study in English in Lyon France), which combines a course in French as a Foreign Language with courses taught in English. The SELF is an upper-division undergraduate level program entirely taught in English. It offers approximately 20 courses in the following fields : law, political science, business and humanities. There are a limited number of courses taught in English each semester; see the website for the offerings (below).

All incoming exchange students are assigned a tutor who will be available throughout the year for help and advice on academic, administrative and practical matters. There is also an fee-paying orientation course upon arrival. This non-credit course helps student become acclimated to the style of French teaching and academic expectations, as well as provides students a brief history of France and the city. The orientation course also is a great way to meet other international students!

Housing: In France, it is common that universities neither own nor run their own residences; however, the International Relations office and the Association Lyon III International offer an accommodation service to help place you in student housing. You'll be staying in a youth residence in the city, either walking distance from the university or close to public transportation. Single and double rooms are available; most have kitchenettes. 

Students also have the option of living with a host family. This option allows you to experience French culture and family life at another level. Students are provided with a private bedroom in the family's home, breakfast, and dinner. 

Students should be prepared to pay a housing deposit immediately upon arrival.

Activities and Programs: Activities and clubs at the university are open for exchagne students. The International Office organizes international parties, visits of Lyon, and offers a buddy system with French students. Additional activities include “Beaujolais nouveau” (visit of cellars), activities of the Lyon America House, conferences, movies, theatre, shows, concerts, music, all available for a small fee at the time of the event.


Location: Sister City to St. Louis, Lyon is the third largest city in France, with a population of almost 1.5 million including outlying areas. Located on the Saone and Rhone rivers, near the borders of Italy, Switzerland and Germany, the city is a mixture of modern commerce and European history and culture. Its excellent transportation by rail and air allows for convenient travel to ski resorts, the French Riviera, Paris and other points in Europe. In addition to its geographic and industrial significance, Lyon boasts one of the most impressive ensembles of Renaissance architecture north of the Alps. And for those who enjoy great food, Lyon's local cuisine has made the city known as the culinary capital of France. Lyon has an excellent metro and bus system, which makes getting around town a snap.

International Office Website:

DEUF Website:  Click "consulter la fiche détaillée," "Contenu des enseignements"

SELF Website: Click "Contenu des enseignements" for course listing and syllabi:

Housing Website:

Cost Estimates for 2013-14*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
Books and course materials $40.00
Mandatory HTH insurance $140.00
Accommodations  $3030.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1100.00
Airfare $1250.00
Local Transportation $160.00
Other $2000.00
Total $11509.60*

Please note that the French government requires students to apply in person for the student visa. This means you must go to the French Consulate in Chicago approximately 1-2 months before departure. 

Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2013/14 rate - 2014/15 tuition rate TBA April 2014. Non-resident fees may apply. 
* Costs are based off a four month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* There are multiple housing options available to UMSL students. The differences between housing costs is based upon residency options. Housing amount does not include deposit
* Other expenses includes estimate for French Social Security Insurance. should also be prepared to pay for French liability insurance immediately upon arrival.