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The Catholic University of Lyon was founded in 1875 and combines respect for Christian heritage with a spirit of openness.  With its location at the heart of a regional capital, its close ties to business and strong international links, it seeks to promote academic excellence, creativity and integrity.  The International Business Program is an exchange program designed for students who are enrolled at ESDES partner institutions in their home countries. Classes are offered primarily in business in the areas of Finance, Marketing, Law and Strategy. Classes are available at both the Bachelor's and Master's level. Additional courses are offered in non-business areas such as the European Union, Art & Architecture, French cinema.  The language of instruction is in English, although students have the option of taking some business classes in French every semester if their French is good enough. Students are strongly encouraged to take a French Language class, although it is not mandatory. There are classes in French for students at every level, including students who have never had French before or students who are already bilingual.


Université Catholique de Lyon offers courses in several academic areas.  These courses are subject to change, but their current descriptions can be found on the ESDES website:

Additionally, if you have strong background in French, classes can also be taken in a foreign language. 

Course Approval Process
All courses taken on study abroad programs must then be approved by the appropriate college course approval contact as listed in the link below. Approval is indicated by the appropriate college representative’s signature on the Course Approval Form. 

Please visit Course Approval Process webpage to review the approval process and print a Course Approval Form:

Credit Transfer
Study abroad is an academic experience. While your grades will not count towards your GPA, it is vital that you are academically successful. To earn credits for courses taken abroad, you will need to earn the equivalent of a ‘C’ or better at your host institution—this is a 10 out of 20 at ESDES. You cannot take classes pass/fail at your host institution.

Full Time Status
You are required to take the equivalent of at least 12 U.S. credits while abroad. This program runs on the ECTS system (European Credit Transfer System). 2 ECTS credits typically count for 1 US credit. You must register for 24 ECTS credits for the semester at ESDES Lyon Business School.


ESDES housing options range from university housing to private apartments. The ESDES housing service will assist students in finding the requested accommodation.


Please refer to the budget sheets for each term,
Fall Budget Sheet 
Spring Budget Sheet


Lyon is the third largest city in France and is located 431km (268 miles) southeast of Paris and 311km (193 miles) north of Marseille. It is the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region and the second largest contributor to the French economy after Paris. It has a population of 413,000 inhabitants. Lyon is between two hills, the Fourvière and Croix- Rousse, and between two rivers, the turbulent Rhône and the tranquil Saône. Lyon is a very industrial city; textile manufacturing is one of the most important here. Not only that, but this city is known as the capital of gastronomy. This city has the largest number of Michelin-star restaurants. The tradition of the city of lights or 'Lugdunum' (as called by the Romans) is still present and every evening more than 100 sites across the city are lit up to show the splendor of Lyon’s architecture

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