Founded in 1973, the Université Jean Moulin-Lyon 3 in Lyon, France offers students the chance to perfect the French languages as well as take subject courses in French language. Subject courses are offered in in English as well and include subjects such as literature and civilization, business, law, philosophy, and a number of other subjects, all for credit at UNC Charlotte. Only students with advanced French are eligible to take one or two classes with French students.
Facts & Figures
Founded in 1973
The location of Lyon 3 is in southeastern France (only two hours from Paris by the "TGV" High-Speed Train, and a few hours from the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Riviera, and Italy) and the wide range of courses offered make it an ideal place to spend a year as a visiting student.
Lyon, a major French city and important center for European business and banking, is a delightful combination of ancient Roman influences and modern French culture. With its red tile roofs and sidewalk cafes, its twenty centuries of history, its museums and theaters, and the delicious cuisine for which it is famous, Lyon offers many varied "extra-curricular" activities.
1. Where can I learn more about the University in general?
Be sure to check out Lyon's website
for further information.
2. Where can I find more academic information about being an International Student at Lyon?
Be sure to check out Lyon's program website for international students
for more information.
UNC Charlotte students will first need to complete an Office of Education Abroad (OEA) application in order to receive approval to study abroad. To receive access to an application, students should follow the required steps listed on OEA's website, which outline the application process
under the "Fall, Spring & Year-long Exchange and Affiliate Programs" heading.
Application requirements may include (and are subject to change):
• Personal statement in English
• Personal statement in host country language (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• UNC Charlotte transcript
• 2 academic letters of recommendation
• 1 language evaluation (only applicable for students taking intermediate/advance language courses abroad)
• Disciplinary record clearance
• $135 application fee and deposit
Not all requirements may be listed above. Once students receive access to the application, more instructions can be found to assist the student throughout the process. After receiving approval to study abroad from OEA, students will be required to apply directly to the host university. OEA will provide instructions for how to complete this supplemental application after approval. Once the supplemental application is reviewed by the host university, students will be notified of their formal acceptance.
This exchange program is open to currently enrolled UNC Charlotte juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5. All students who participate in a study abroad program are required to be in good academic and disciplinary standing upon applying and prior to departure.
There are three main routes you can choose:
1. DEUF Program - Taught in French
2. CEUF Program - Taught in French
3. SELF Program - Taught in English
- Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors
- Taught in French
- CEUF = One semester
- DEUF = Academic year (2 semesters)
- Students must be proficient in French and will be required to take a French language placement test
Content of program:
- Students will take 2 mandatory courses including French as a foreign language and Introduction to French Culture and Civilization. In addition to these 2 mandatory courses, students will choose the remainder of their courses in any faculty (major)
- Search for courses taught in French
- Students will have the opportunity to enroll in an Immersion Seminar
prior to the start of classes. This is not mandatory, but encouraged. Please note that this is an additional cost of 250 Euros (not included in the price of tuition at UNC Charlotte).
- Open to juniors and seniors.
- Undergraduates only.
- Taught in English.
- Students do not need any French language prerequisites UNLESS they plan on taking the DEUF program the second semester if staying the entire academic year.
- Students are only able to participate in a one-semester exchange (fall or spring only).
Content of program:
- Students will be enrolled in a mandatory integration seminar before the start of classes, which will include informational meetings, campus/library visits, French language
and culture intensive classes
- Students must take 2 mandatory courses including French as a foreign language
and Introduction to French Culture and Civilization
- In addition to the 2 mandatory courses above, students are able to take up to 4 courses in English in addition, which can be chosen from around 20 courses in either law, business and/or the humanities (please note that English courses are limited and may be full; students should not always expect their first choice).
- Prerequisites may apply to some classes - please see the course syllabus before enrolling.
- Search courses taught in English. Scroll to the bottom and choose "program description."
Students may also opt to take the SELF program the first semester at Lyon, and take the DEUF program the second semester if staying for the entire academic year, except
students who have had no previous experience with the French language.
UNC Charlotte Course Equivalencies & Credit
OEA is not responsible for determining UNC Charlotte course equivalencies. Students will work with the corresponding UNC Charlotte academic departments in order to understand what UNC Charlotte credit they will receive for the courses they take abroad prior to departure. The Department Chair of the academic department will determine this (not the student's Academic Advisor). More instructions can be found in the student's study abroad application and will be communicated by OEA once they begin the study abroad process. It's important that students have as many host courses as possible approved by their academic department(s) prior to going abroad in order to have flexibility when registering for courses at the host university. Courses abroad are not guaranteed (i.e. not all courses abroad may be open to international students, some courses may only be offered certain semesters, courses may be full, etc.).
All courses and earned grades from abroad will be reported on the student's UNC Charlotte transcript when they return. Once the official host university transcript is received by OEA, all grades from abroad will be translated into A-F letter grades. This process can take anywhere from 1- 6 months after the end of the student's program. Students cannot earn pass/fail credit abroad (there are very few exceptions to this). Grades from abroad will be factored into the student's UNC Charlotte cumulative GPA.
Please see the following information regarding the typical month range that students can expect to be abroad with this program. Please note that this is a general time frame and could differ per student, per program.
Fall: September to December
Spring: January to April
- CROUS university residences
- Private university residences
- Off-campus housing which students are responsible for securing themselves via real estate agents or private companies
- Shared houses
For a full list of housing options, check out the accommodation page.
Housing Application Process
If housing is available on or off campus abroad and if the housing application process is facilitated by the host university, the student will be contacted directly by the host university with further instructions. This will occur after the student has been approved to go abroad by OEA and likely after they have been accepted by the host university. Housing is not arranged for the student by OEA nor UNC Charlotte. All students will have to apply for on or off campus housing through the host university, if applicable and/or available, or will need to secure their own private accommodations (if allowed). Housing is not paid to OEA nor UNC Charlotte. Housing will be paid to the applicable entity (host university, landlord, apartment complex, etc.).
Students should consider their housing arrangements before and after they study abroad. For example, if a student currently lives off-campus and have signed a lease for a year but will be going abroad during that year, they should be prepared to arrange someone to take over their lease or understand that their lease likely cannot be broken without a fee if they go abroad during that time. Similarly, while students are abroad and before they come back, it's important to determine where they will be living when they return from studying abroad.
Tuition & Fees
Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte will bill students for full-time tuition & fees according to their in-state or out-of-state residency rate prior to the start of the semester they will be abroad (according to UNC Charlotte's academic calendar). Students are expected to be the equivalent of full-time at UNC Charlotte while abroad. This means students should be taking the equivalent of 12 UNC Charlotte credit hours for undergraduates or 9 UNC Charlotte credit hours for graduate students. Students are not also paying tuition and fees to the host university while abroad.
The following are typical expenses incurred by students studying abroad. For more information regarding Cost Estimate Sheets, please contact an Education Abroad Advisor:
- Roundtrip airfare
- International Health Insurance
- Personal expenses (additional meals, traveling, cultural activities, etc.)
- Application fee
- Study abroad fee
- Visa (if applicable)
Students are eligible to use financial aid towards their education abroad expenses. Make an appointment with your financial aid advisor to ask any financial aid-related questions. Please see our financial aid page for more information.
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Please see our scholarship website for more information.
All students must have a valid passport before they leave for their program. You can apply for a passport at your local post office or at Union Station
located in UNC Charlotte's Student Union.
OEA is not qualified nor legally able to disseminate visa advice or assist with visa requirements. However, below is basic information regarding visas for this country if you are a U.S. citizen. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain a visa before departure if necessary. Please visit the embassy's
website for more information.
need a visa if...
- You are in the country more than 90 days.
- You are a student.
- You must
complete the online application for Campus France
applying for visa. Complete this as soon as possible.
- To apply for a visa, you must make an appointment at the nearest French consulate at least 2 weeks prior to your departure. It is advised to book this appointment several weeks in advance.
U.S. Department of State
If you are a U.S. citizen, please see the U.S. Department of State's
website for more information regarding visas. Once on the travel.state.gov website, scroll to the bottom and choose "U.S. Passports & International Travel." At the top, choose the "Country Information" tab and type the country you are going to. Scroll down to "Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements" and read thoroughly. Note:
travel.state.gov will most likely take you to the consulate or embassy's actual website.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare. Students should not purchase airfare until they have been both approved by the Office of Education Abroad and have been accepted by the host university. The official start date of the program (to include any mandatory on-site orientation or events) and end date of the program (to include the last day of exams and/or any other mandatory events) will be communicated to the student by the host university once accepted.
Interested in speaking with someone who studied abroad in France? Contact a Peer Advisor
Office of Education Abroad
College of Health & Human Services (CHHS) 256
(704) 687-7747 | fax (704) 687-1661