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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Language of Instruction: French Housing: Campus Housing, Homestay
Number of Credits Offered: 12-16 Language Courses Offered: French
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Prerequisite: FREN 309
Type of Program: Bilateral Exchange Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Sociology, Honors, Anthropology, French, Global Affairs, Integrative Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Open to non-Mason Students: No
Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses Program eligible for VA Benefits: No
Program Description:

Université Lumière Lyon 2

Lyon, France

Lyon 2
Université Lumière Lyon 2, founded in 1973 has more than 28,000 students enrolled in three campuses.  The university provides a range of courses in the Arts, Literature and Languages, in Human and Social Sciences, in Law, and in Economics and Management.  Lyon is the second largest university city in France as well as the second largest economic center in France.  The city is at the heart of the most important French region for textiles, pharmaceuticals, electronics, and more.

Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.​​

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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
    • For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
  • Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
  • Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
  • Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
  • Students are required to have taken FREN 309 or equivalent prior to departure.

Courses Available

Students may enroll in a variety of courses including  Humanities and Social Science Courses and French Language Courses.  Most courses at Lyon 2 are conducted in French.  To find courses, students should visit the website for each faculty of interest.  In some cases, students will need to contact the secretary in charge of a specific faculty to obtain the course catalog.  Below are links to various faculties offering courses to exchange students.

French Language Classes

Students interested in a full semester of French language courses should consider taking courses from the Sciences du Langage department. Courses designed for first-year French students would be most suitable. You will register for two "units", each of which will consist of a predetermined set of lectures (CM - cours magistral) and seminars (TD - travaux dirigés). Each unit is worth 10 ECTS credits, which translates into 5 Mason credits. Speak to your French language advisor about courses offered at Université Lyon 2 and their equivalents here at Mason.

Students arriving in September for the Fall semester or a year may take advantage of the pre-semester crash course on French language, called PRUNe. For students arriving in September, the course costs an additional 275 euros (approximately) is generally considered 2-3 credits (it offers 42 hours of lecture). Students arriving in January for the Spring semester may take advantage of a much shorter PRUNe course for approximately 140 euros. The January course is 20 hours of class time and not worth any credit.

Credit Conversion

Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at Université Lumière Lyon 2.  Most classes at Lyon 2 are worth 5 ECTS.

  • 2 ECTS = 1 Mason Credit

This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.

Grade Conversion

When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at Université Lumière Lyon 2.

Université Lumière Lyon 2 Grade Mason Grade
14 - 20 A
12 - 13.9 B+
11 - 11.9 B
10.5 - 10.9 B-
10.1 - 10.4 C+
10 C
9 - 9.9 C-
8 - 8.9 D
0 - 7.9 F

Course Equivalency and Plan of Study

The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System (CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.

You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.

Global Understanding

Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.


On-campus housing at Lyon 2 is limited. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they can, but need to be aware that there may not be enough spaces for all applicants. The university provides a number of resources to help students obtain alternate accommodation. Students may choose to rent an apartment or search for a host family using Lyon International - an organization that connects the French and the international communities in Lyon.

Program Cost 

This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.

Program Payments

As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.

Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

Fall/Academic Year: Early April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid September*

*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).

Visa Information

Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Students going to France need to apply through Campus France first, before contacting the Consulate General of France to obtain their visa. Please visit those sites for more information regarding French student visas.

Application requirements:*

Application fee: $200 for Mason students.

Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.

Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.

Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.

*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.

Application instructions:

GEO Program Administrator

Name Martha Sadler
Phone +1 703-993-2154
  Make an appointment

Additional Resources

Follow Université Lumière Lyon 2 on Social Media


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.