Université Lumière Lyon 2

Lyon, Bron

Language of instruction


As a university of literature, languages, humanities and social sciences, Université Lumière Lyon 2 bases its approach on innovation, interdisciplinarity, partnership and an international outlook. The University is committed to a policy of transferring and spreading knowledge as widely as possible and regularly holds cultural and scientific events that are open to all.

Lyon is situated in the west of France and is known for its gastronomy, architectural landmarks, and the annual Fête des Lumières.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–June
Semester 2 Autumn Semester September–January

View the Université Lumière Lyon 2 academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

Université Lumière Lyon 2 has online resources to help get more from your exchange:


Université Lumière Lyon 2 has 2 campuses located in Lyon:

  • Berges du Rhône' campus
  • Porte des Alpes' campus

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits per semester at Université Lumière Lyon 2 is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at Université Lumière Lyon 2.

Find courses

Search which courses to study at Université Lumière Lyon 2 if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

English literature
History and ancient history
Political science
English literature
History and ancient history

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


Lyon 2 has 4 different types of student-accommodation at the university. Students can choose between these on-campus residences, or search for suitable home-stays or private accommodation. As it is difficult to find accommodation in Lyon, Universite Lumiere Lyon 2 recommends beginning your search as soon as you receive your acceptance letter.

Keep in mind that the student accommodation may only cover you for the dates of the semester. You may be required to find your own accommodation for any pre-semester programs.

Cost of living

Your budget will depend on your accommodation and lifestyle. Many places offer student discounts which help make monthly expenses more affordable. Lyon 2 has compiled a guide to average prices and living costs in Lyon.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Students undertaking exchange studies in France can apply for the Nicolas Baudin Program through the French Embassy in Canberra.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Please read through this important information about Health Insurance for exchange students in France. 

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the French Consulate for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

TBC for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.