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Go to the Rhône-Alpes region via UNO's Exchange Program
with Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 (UCBL) !


Claude Bernard Lyon 1 University provides teaching for 40,000 students a year in the fields of science and technology, health and sport. It is situated on 13 different sites in four of the principal centres of activity of the Rhône-Alpes region of France : the cities of Lyon, Saint-Etienne and Bourg-en-Bresse and the town of Roanne. The University largely contributes to the development of this region through its partnerships with local and national companies and the regional authorities.

Lyon 1 is a multidisciplinary university specializing in both fundamental and applied research and as such it can boast more than 4415 internationally published articles and 44 patents per year. The University has 67 state-funded research units working in three fields; health, the environment and material technologies.



Lyon 1's student population is of nearly 40.000. 54% of this population is female and 18% receive a student's grant.
Lyon 1 is also proud to count a large proportion of foreign students (10,5% of its students, of 134 nationalities).

Courses are taught in both English and French. Students can aslo enroll in the French as a second language classes free of charge for 30 hours.

Here is a sample of common areas of study for UNO and Lyon 1:

  • Financial Economics
  • Electrical engineering
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Matematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Enginering and more.

To read a full list of all courses taught in English click here .


The Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 has been continuously successful in the fields of higher education and research. The high academic level in a wide variety of subjects ranging from the health sciences to science, technology and sport studies, means that Lyon 1 can place itself among the best of French universities.

Lyon 1 University offers an active and rewarding life student experience. The quality of life for students at the Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 is also closely linked to the activities of more than fifty clubs spread over the different campuses.

Read this practical guide for international student exchange programs. You can learn more about UCBL application process by clicking here.

Lyon, located in the southeast of France, is the capital of the Rhône-Alpes Region and the third French urban area by its population (1,3 million inhabitants). It is 2 hours away by TGV (High Speed Train) from Paris and 1 hour away by car from the Mediterranean Coast and Alpine ski resorts. The Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport makes it easily accessible from all the big cities of the world.

Lyon was historically known as an important area for the production and weaving of silk and in modern times has developed a reputation as the capital of gastronomy in France.

The city is also known for its famous light festival Fête des Lumières which occurs every 8 December and lasts for four days, earning Lyon the title of Capital of Lights.

Economically, Lyon is a major centre for banking as well as for chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries.

If you are interested in studying abroad via UNO's exchange program with UCBL click here.

If you are coming to UNO via an exchange program through UCBL click here.

Useful Websites

French Embassy in the US

French Consulate in Houston
(the New Orleans French Consulate is an Honorary Consulate and does not handle visas)

French Government Tourist Office

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