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Study in Lyon, and find the best universities in Lyon.

Sat in the east-central France roughly between Paris and Marseille, Lyon has perfect access to the best of France and is world renowned for many things.

Every time you go to the cinema you owe something to the city, with it being pioneered there in 1895 by the Lumiere brothers. It is also considered the food capital of France because many of the country’s top chefs work in Lyon and the surrounding area.

This is helped by the fact that Lyon is located near two of the best known wine-growing regions: the Beaujolais and the Côtes du Rhône.

It is also the second richest city in France after Paris, with many high tech industries such as biotechnology, software development, game design, and internet services now growing and thriving in the city.

Study in Lyon?

Lyon is one of the top cities in France for undergraduate study with a large population of students attending its many institutions.

With a mixture of public universities and grandes ecoles, there are plenty of places where you can study an undergraduate degree in Lyon, including:

Immigration and visas

If you are looking to study for an undergraduate degree in Lyon and are an EU citizen you will be accepted onto a graduate degree provided you fulfil the following:

  • Are studying in Lyon for more than three months.
  • Are enrolled at an accredited university or institution.
  • Have proof of sufficient funds to cover your graduate degree in France for its duration.
  • Have health insurance cover.
Non-EU students will need to apply for an extended-stay student visa, with residency permit (VLS-TS).

When a VLS-TS visa is issued, students will be given an official form that they must present to the French office of immigration and integration (OFII).

A VLS-TS holder must, upon arriving in France, send to the OFII by registered mail (return receipt requested):

  • The official form received from the consulate that issued the visa.
  • A copy of passport pages showing the visa holders identity and the stamp indicating entry into France (or into the Schengen area).

Accommodation and living costs

Generally student accommodation in France is considered expensive.

There are two main types of accommodation while studying:

  • University accommodation – such as halls of residence
  • Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
University accommodation is in very short supply, so most students end up living in private accommodation. The number of private student residences is on the increase, making it easier to find student accommodation in France.

CNOUS CROUS (the student social support service) and is usually reserved for government scholarship holders.

Campus France can help you with problems you might have with student housing in France, such as locating and reserving accommodation except for places in Paris.

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