SELF | Study in English in Lyon, France

General information

Prerequisites for enrolment
Bac + 2
Admission conditions
Length of studies
One semester or a year


The SELF is an upper-division undergraduate level program open to university undergraduates with a basic level of French and who have completed at least two years of university studies. It is entirely taught in English and offers approximately 20 courses per semester in the following fields : law/political science, business/business culture and humanities. The SELF will help students get familiar with the French University system and culture. It can also help them improve their proficiency so as to study in French the following semester (except for beginners). It is a full time program and cannot be combined with other programs.

Study in English in Lyon, France (SELF)
Objectives of the program :
The SELF program is designed to encourage significant improvement in the student's level of proficiency in the French language, possible fulfilment of home university curriculum requirements and subsequent credit transfer.

Most of the courses are designed from a European or French perspective and emphasis is placed upon international comparison.
Students should be motivated by the international experience of studying in France.


The SELF program is a semester program or an annual program.
It usually starts at the end of August / in early January and ends mid-December/end of April

SELF program 2021/2022
The SELF programme is scheduled to take place face-to-face in Lyon over the academic year 2021-22.This plan remains subject to changes in the COVID situation and consequent decisions of Lyon 3’s President. At this stage we are not planning to put up on-line courses for students who cannot be physically present in Lyon over the academic year 2021-22.

Fall semester 2021:
- Arrival date:
27, 30 or 31 August
- Orientation period - compulsory: 1 September, 9am to 10 September included
- Start of content courses: 13 September
- Add & drop period: 13 September to 24 September included
- Semester break: 30 October to 7 November included
- Exam period: 29 November to 10 December included

Spring semester 2021:
- Arrival date:
January 3, 4 or 5
- Orientation period: January 6, 9.30am, to January 14 - compulsory
- Start of content courses: January 17
- Add & drop period: January 17 to 28
- Semester break: February 19 to 27
- Exam period: April 4 to 15


Prerequisites for enrolment : Bac + 2

Distance learning or partial distance learning


Admission conditions

Admission criteria:
The SELF program is available to students (exchange/non-exchange) who fulfil the following requirements:

Academic background:
Students should have completed a minimum of two years of university studies ; the academic level of SELF corresponds to upper-division undergraduate level

Level of French:
- The SELF semester program is designed for students with a level of French ≤ A2
- The SELF annual program is designed for students with an A1 level in French
- Students staying for two semesters who arrive with an A2 level in French and have attained a B1 level at the end of the semester are directed towards classes taught in French for the spring semester (DEUF program).

Level of English:
For students enrolled in a university where English is not the official language, one of the official tests listed below is required:
- TOEFL IBT:  overall score of 80 or higher with 20 at least for each section – only the official test will accepted (the local version is not adequate)
- TOEFL ITP: overall score of 560 minimum and no section score below 50
- IELTS Academic: overall score of 6,5 and no section score below 6
- TOEIC including speaking, writing, listening and reading test: overall score of 1020
- Cambridge Advanced: A/B
- Cambridge Proficiency: C minimum

The English test has to be provided upon nomination (end of April for the fall semester and end of October for the spring semester) by your home university.

NB: The tests listed above must have been undertaken no more than two years prior to the commencement of SELF program.


Enrolment fees:

- Exchange students are exempted from enrolment fees
- Non-exchange students: 3,000 euros for one semester (2020/2021). They include access to many university facilities and services:
- Libraries and computer rooms
- A wide range of cultural, leisure and entertainment activities 

Additional fees:
Sports:euros 36
Contribution for student life/campus life: euros 92 - only for fee-paying students

Application deadlines for fee-paying students:

  • 15 October for the spring semester.
  • 15 May for the fall semsester.
Application procedure
Exchange students: please revert to your home University

Application for fall semester 2021/2022: please contact

Students can select up to 4 courses on top of French and Civilization

Please note that:
• The number of students in SELF classes is limited
• A minimum of 15 students is required to open a course
• The SELF classes all take place on the "Manufacture Campus" (6 cours Albert Thomas)
• Classes take place from Monday to Friday included


  • The Introduction to French Culture and Civilization class represents 10 hours and 2 credits
  • The French as a Foreign language class (FLE) represents 60 hours* and 5credits (appr. 15 hours taught during the integration period)
  • The other classes represent 30 contact hours and 6 credits each
  • Number of credits for a full time students: 31 (4 content courses + French as a Foreign Language + French Civilization

    *Except for the annual SELF students in the spring semester: 20 hours
Program content:

Each semester includes:
  - SELF presentation meetings
- Appr.15 hours of French as a Foreign Language (FLE) - 60hrs throughout the semester
- Campus visits
- Library visits

The orientation program is compulsory and part of the SELF program and totally separate from DEUF orientation course.
  • The regular course offer:
- French as a Foreign Language (FLE) - Compulsory for all SELF students
- Introduction to French Culture and Civilization - Compulsory for all SELF students


Program content  - fall semester 2021/2022



Cross-Cultural Management 
Product distribution, pricing and negotiation 
Multinational Business Finance 
Strategic Marketing 


Alternative Dispute Resolution in the UK legal system 
Comparative Constitutional Law 
European Union 
Introduction to International Criminal Law 


Art & Politics 
French History in Film 
Gilded Age of America 
French History and Poetry

Program content  - spring semester 2021/2022 - subject to change

Spring semester - SELF Program timetable - subject to change


Negotiating and Pitching in business contexts
Human Resource Management
Marketing & Innovation
Organizational Behavior

Paradox & Conflict in the European Union
Mergers and Acquisitions 
International Trade Law 
Introduction to the Law of the Sea

New Media in 20th & 21st century art 
Staging the Supernatural in Shakespeare's Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream
Tocqueville, Democracy, and Authoritarianism in the Internet Age

Conditions of validation

At least 2 marks (see syllabi for details)

Transcript of records:
Will be available online at the end of January/mid-June