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Lyon, France

Sciences Po Lyon in France

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Beautiful, wide streets of Lyon.
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A sunny Lyon marketplace.
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An in-country French lesson!
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Vineyards for miles!
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Sciences Po Lyon

Sciences Po Lyon, which was founded in 1948, is a public school that is attached to Université Lumière Lyon 2. At the international level, Sciences Po Lyon has increasingly been promoting mobility for its students thanks to partnerships with over 157 universities in some 50 countries. The IEP is also a member of the network of the 9 regional IEPs outside of Paris; it has special links with the Paris Institute of Political Studies and the Political Science Foundation. Several research centers are directly attached to Sciences Po Lyon, making it a center of academic excellence.

Sciences Po Lyon in numbers:

·         1800 students from first year to Ph.D.

·         17 Masters programs

·         A special center to prepare students for National Competitive Examinations

·         On-line programs and a score of other services

A very active student body with multiple events promoting campus life guarantee the institute an ever-growing reputation at both national and international levels.

Program dates

Fall Semester: Mid-September – end of December

Spring Semester: Mid-January – end of May


Exchange participants are required to take a full-time course load (at least 12 Temple credits) while abroad and will earn transfer credit.

Course Offerings

Students can study on any of the following tracks while at Sciences Po Lyon:

*Requires B2 level of French language or higher

Students who do not have proficiency in French should plan to participate in the DFES program, in which all courses (except French language courses) are taught in English. All DFES students also take an intensive French language course to supplement their studies. The DFES program is only available on a semester basis. Students wishing to study for a full year must choose another academic option for their second semester. You can view the most recent catalog of DFES courses online.

Language of instruction

  • English
  • French

Students who wish to take French-taught academic courses (other than French language study) must have a minimum language level of B2. 

School location

Sciences Po Lyon, located in Lyon, France, is situated across a diverse set of districts with a mixture of 19th century architecture and contemporary glass and concrete; you can also find small popular neighborhoods (Montchat) and large, busy thoroughfares (Jean-Jaurès, Berthelot). The population is mixed with a variety of urban functions (two universities and Sciences Po Lyon, government buildings, residential, old and new industries). There is a great abundance of apartments for rent, both modern and older, in this area. Most of the student residences are located here. The area is served by two metro lines, two tramway lines and buses. It includes the main train station of Lyon, Part-Dieu.


The University is equipped with a wide variety of facilities open to all students, including:

  • An amphitheater
  • Multimedia Rooms
  • Cafeteria
  • Lecture Halls and classrooms
  • Computer Rooms
  • Library
  • UNIPAD (a way for students to easily share class notes)
  • Student tutors
  • A variety of support groups and clubs 

See the virtual tour of the Lyon campus.


Sciences Po Lyon does not offer on-campus housing, so students must find their housing independently.

Information about housing can be found on Sciences Po's Lodging Page. Exchange students will have access to the housing platform available to only Sciences Po Lyon students; the platform provides a comprehensive list of student accommodations, such as apartments, homestays and student dormitories. Students may also elect to look at alternate housing platforms to arrange housing for the semester.

Program costs

Students pay Temple tuition and fees directly to Temple.


Open to qualified students matriculated at Temple University. 

Applying to the program

Application Deadline: March 1 for the fall semester/academic year and spring priority; September 1 for the spring semester

Student perspectives

Look back on this live Q&A with our peer advisor Cian Grourke, who studied in Lyon in 2017, and exchange student from Sciences Po Lyon, Nina Drapala. They discuss adjusting to life abroad, different cultural and academic expectations, language immersion, and their favorite memories in Lyon and Philadelphia, respectively. Nina and Cian also share their recommendations for what to eat in Lyon!



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