LYON: ESDES – Universite Catholique de Lyon

Lyon, France

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  • Fall Semester - September – December
  • Spring Semester - January - May

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Lane Marder (

The International Business Program offers foreign students the possibility of studying for one or two semesters at the University. Students may choose classes that are taught in English or in French or both. Courses are available at both the Bachelor's and Master's level. Classes are offered in the area of Finance, Marketing, Law, Human Resources and other business areas in addition to courses that are relevant to the local culture such as French, the European Union, France in the 21st century and Art & Architecture.


Students participating in this program are required to take five courses. Students will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits.  Should a student decide to transfer back a fifth course, he or she will then be charged an overload fee as defined on the Northeastern University Registrar’s website.  Please note: See Cost section for additional Study Abroad fees.

There are no required courses that students must take, but students are strongly encouraged to take French language courses while they are here regardless of what their major. There are courses for students with no prior knowledge of French as well as classes suited to students who already have an excellent command of the language. Each class is worth a certain number of ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer system), enabling students to obtain both credits and grades in order to satisfy the requirements of their home institutions.

In general, in the European system, a full-time student takes 30 credit hours (ECTS) per semester. Students can enroll in French or English business-related courses based on a students' background in French. Students may sign up for graduate level courses (even if they are in the third year at their home institutions) provided that they have a good background in the subject matter either through classes or work experience. Some courses have pre-requisites that must be taken before enrolling in the class.

All students studying in the IBP program receive a one page learning agreement at the start of every semester. The agreement contains information about which courses students are enrolled in and the number of ECTS units for each course. This is an official document which the University gives to each student for their records and for use in transferring their credits back to their home institutions. Students will enroll in 6 ECTS credit courses for 5 courses a semester.

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Host University

Most of the classes take place at the Place Carnot which is located in the heart of the city center. The campus is easily accessible to dorms, shops, train stations, the airport and public transportation. ESDES School of Management is part of the Université Catholique de Lyon and benefits from excellent support services where students have access to housing help, academic advisiing, administrative support to assist with VISA processing, both physical and online libraries etc.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.5 
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility
  • Students whose native language is not English should provide proof of English capabilities as outlined on the application form

Application Procedure

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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


NU students will work with the housing office in the IBP program to determine housing. Students will have a choice of living with a French family, sharing an apartment with other students, or living in a studio efficiency. Once a student is accepted in the IBP program, s/he will receive a housing form. Students must apply May 31st for the Fall semester and November 15th for the Spring semester.


Lyon was capital of the Gauls under the Roman Empire, a great cultural and trading centre during the Renaissance and a powerful industrial city in the 19th century. It is now a major European metropolis, shaped by many influences through the ages. Lyon's rich cultural heritage reflects the various eras of the city's development, from ancient times and the Renaissance up to today. The whole city centre is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the largest urban area in the world (with 500 hectares) to receive this title. Cultural life in Lyon is vibrant. The city hosts international events, such as the biannual festivals of dance and contemporary art and the annual festival of lights that takes place on 8 December. These major cultural events are open to the city and its inhabitants. The city also has an impressive cultural infrastructure, with 30 or so museums, 15 libraries, a plethora of theatres and the Maison de la Danse, an innovative dance theatre etc. This cultural wealth makes Lyon a serious contender for the title of 'European Capital of Culture' in 2013.