Université Lumiere Lyon II

City: Lyon
Language of instruction: English, French
  • One of the foremost Social Sciences and Liberal Arts universities in Europe
  • Reputed for its progressive values and thorough integration of new technologies
  • Welcomes 27 800 students every year
  • 15% of new students from foreign countries
  • Options for exchange students include political science courses at the the Institut d'Études Politiques
  • Students who complete one full year at Lyon II can qualify for the Certificate of Political Studies
  • This program offers small classes and has different start dates then regular courses
  • Students take courses in political science, history, communications, and economics

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsCommerce (UBCV)Land and Food Systems

Notes on Language of Instruction

  • There is a very limited number of courses taught in English
  • Students must have at least a B2 level to study in French (To determine your level, please self-assess with: European Language Portfolio Global Scale)
  • Students must be sufficiently proficient in French to be able to follow classes and complete coursework


Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

  • Students in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Commerce (Vancouver) are eligible to apply

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Early September to Mid January
  • Semester 2: Mid January to Mid June
Courses + Transfer Credits


Course equivalency formula

  • ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Passing grade

10 or E

Grading scheme

  • Grading in France is on a scale of 0 to 20
  • Each class is graded separately, and a minimum grade of 10 is required to pass a course
  • In addition to the grades obtained in the courses, students receive another grade according to the ECTS:
    • A = Excellent (the highest 10% of a class)
    • B = Very Good (the following 25%)
    • C = Good (the following 30%)
    • D = Satisfactory (the following 25%)
    • E = Sufficient (the last 10% of a class)
    • FX = Fail (passing level not obtained)
    • F = Fail (level considerably below passing)

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline. You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g. application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)

Course information and restrictions

  • Exchange students can choose nearly all courses offered, in any department and any level
  • Students do not have to take all the courses from a diploma or “unite d'enseignement” (block of courses)
  • Unfortunately it is rare to find a description of the courses available

Full course load information

  • 30 ECTS credits per semester

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

UBC course: FREN 1st
Title: Pre-entry Courses
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-02-23
UBC course: FREN 327
Title: English Translation
Partner course code: 3CHLE035
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-02-27
UBC course: FREN 3rd
Title: Language and methodology follow-up
Partner course code: 1XC1SLM2
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-05-04
UBC course: FREN 413
Title: Studies in French Literature of the Nineteenth Century
Partner course code: 3DAMD096
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2017-05-04
UBC course: FREN 416
Title: Literature of the 20th Century
Partner course code: 3DAMD106
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-05-28
UBC course: FREN 420
Title: Texts from the 19th to 21st century - Lecture and Tutorial
Partner course code: 3DAMB015
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-02-19
UBC course: FREN 420
Title: Other Histories of French Literature (Middle Ages - 17th Century)
Partner course code: 3DAMD015
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-02-27
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Cities and Territories: An International Approach
Partner course code: 3BAAE026
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-06-03
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: History of the European Construction
Partner course code: 2AFPC023
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-03-19
UBC course: LING 1st
Title: French Sign Language
Partner course code: 2DCLE024
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-05-15
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Identity, otherness and interculturalism
Partner course code: ASSP 2AFX0004
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2016-12-04
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Problems of Globalization
Partner course code: 3AFPC016
Language of instruction: French
Evaluated date: 2019-06-12
UBC course: no credit
Title: English Conversation Workshops
Partner course code:
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-24
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

  • Using the Campus France website, it is possible to carry out comprehensive multi-criteria searches on the quasi-totality of grants for foreign students and young researchers
  • Candidates are recommended to apply for a grant at least one year before their registration at a French institution

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ for Federal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.

Types of accommodation available


Housing notes

  • Exchange students are eligble to apply for housing a public student residence
  • However, accodmodation is not guaraneed and hence, it is reccomended that students look for off-campus housing as soon as they receive the acceptance email
  • The housing office can assist students in finding accomodation off-campus

Information on Accommodation

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