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Exchange Program: EM Lyon Business School

Lyon, France

The EM Lyon Business School was founded in Lyon in 1872 by the local business community, and is affiliated to the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry. EM Lyon is a leading French business school with Triple accreditation: EQUIS by the EFMD, AMBA and the AACSB. In 2007, the school was ranked third in France, and in the top 10 in Europe, by both the Financial Times and The Economist.

The School

EM Lyon is a well respected business school in France. It has renowned faculty and extensive company contacts. Exchange students are allowed to take part in all career activities, including interviewing with interested companies for jobs or internships. The exchange program is very active and you will make many new friends.

The City

Lyon is France’s second largest city with much to offer and is a 1 1/2 hour train ride from Paris, 2 hours from great skiing to the east and 3 hrs from beautiful Mediterranean beaches. Shopping and popular bars and restaurants in the city center are a 10-15 minute taxi ride from the school. Buses also run through the city, but not at night.

Term Dates

Fall: early September to December
Spring: January to April
Summer: late April to mid-June

Courses Available

A variety of business courses are offered in French and English. Areas of study include: Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization, International Business, etc.


The school operates in English and French. All Lyon students are required to speak English and a third language other than French, so you will have no trouble functioning if you do not know the language. French is predominantly spoken in the city.

Grade Conversion

French GradeECTS GradeDescriptionUF AssignmentGrad Business
0-9FXFailD, EU
14-15BVery GoodA-S

French Grading Scale is from 0 to 20.

Credit Conversion

Refer to ECTS credit conversions.

Minimum Credit Requirements

Minimum of 3 courses and maximum of 6 courses per semester.

Estimated Costs

$1300-1400 per month (based on 2013 estimates)




EM Lyon provides resources for housing on and off-campus.

Travel Opportunities

Lyon has an ideal geographical location. Located at the crossroad between Northern and Southern Europe, there are many transportation networks that open up a multitude of travel opportunities. Italy, Switzerland, Monaco, the Côte d’Azur, and Spain are all easily reached by a short train ride.