Anna - Université Lumière Lyon 2

B. Arts / Laws
Semester 1, 2016

Academic experience

In Lyon, I studied one law course, two economics courses and in order to obtain credit for my French major, I could study any three courses as long as they were taught in French. In relation to the classes where I had a wide choice, I picked a course aimed at exchange students, a politics course and a history course. Each department has its own bureaucracy and rules, so it was a challenge navigating all these rules and forms, but that was only a problem for the first two weeks or so. I liked that the teachers were very understanding of law students. It also helps to discuss your problems with fellow exchange students because they have often encountered the same problems and may be able to help you out.

Personal experience

The best part about exchange is meeting students from all over the world. In Lyon, especially, there were lots of events for exchange students. Being in Europe, travelling is easy and it is good to buddy up with other exchange students.

Accommodation

I lived in student accommodation that was off-campus. I had a room with a bed, basin and desk to myself, and shared a kitchen, bathroom and showers with five other students. I must say the building was old and the first two weeks were quite confronting. The drains in the showers didn't work, there was mould everywhere, even in the kitchen and the fire alarm would go off at 2 am. I would certainly say that living at student residence is an experience, but it is good to have some students around to talk to.

Budget

Around about $15,000 (i.e. the amount that UQ recommends) would be about the right amount. I spent a bit more because I travelled around Europe a lot. Transport in Lyon is 30 euros each month for a student. Groceries for me was around 20 euros each week, and eating out at uni was about 5 euros for a meal. Eating out was usually around 20 euros for a meal. Student residence was 235 euros a month.

Professional development and employability

Only Lyon!
Only Lyon!

I have definitely developed more interpersonal skills from being out of my comfort zone and from breaking through language barriers. I have also gained a new perspective from life being in a different culture - being overseas has finally convinced me to slow down, get some 'me time', join a gym and do some more creative pursuits now that I am back in Australia.

Highlight

Meeting amazing friends, especially from other countries has been the highlight of my experience.

Top tips

  • First of all, go do an exchange.
  • I was a bit ambivalent at first, wondering whether I should do an exchange, whether I would get much out of it and whether it would be of much value. Definitely, yes, it was all of those things and more.
  • If you are a bit stuck overseas, trying to navigate a new university system and a new city, don't be afraid to ask others for help.
  • And at the end of the day, have fun.
Anna - Université Lumière Lyon 2