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International Students

Preparing your stay in Lyon

2006/2007

Contents
1. Why Choose Lyon and its region

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A major university city and a famous network centre ..........................4 A city full of history and culture .............................................................4 A region that is open and dynamic .........................................................4 Further intormation ..................................................................................5
Some key figures ............................................................................................................. 5 Useful websites ................................................................................................................. 5

2. Making a success of your project.............................................. 6 The main steps .........................................................................................6 Timetable...................................................................................................7 3. Choosing a course and making an application ........................ 8 Understanding the French Higher Education System...........................8
Catregories of establishments ........................................................................................ 8 Enrolment ............................................................................................................................ Diplomas .............................................................................................................................. Language ............................................................................................................................. Cost ...................................................................................................................................... The academic year ............................................................................................................ 8 Public Holidays ................................................................................................................. 8 The new European structure of higher Education ........................................................ 9

Choosing a course in Lyon....................................................................10


Courses offered by the establishments of Lyon University ...................................... 10 Other educational institutions in Lyon area................................................................. 12 Looking for a specific course:....................................................................................... 12 Special programmes for foreign students or programmes delivered in English ..................................................................................................... 13 French language courses .............................................................................................. 17

Gaining recognition for your diplomas ................................................19 Applying for a course.............................................................................20


Enrolment in the Licence grade for students from outside the EEA and Switzerland (the first two years): ....................................................................... 21 Enrolment in a Licence grade for students from the EEA and Stwitzerland: ......................................................................................................... 22 Enrolment in Master and Doctorate: ............................................................................ 22 Enrolment in STS (section de technicien suprieur: advanced vocational course): ...................................................................................................... 22 Enrolment in an Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT, university technology institute): ........................................................................ 23 Enrolment in a class preparing admission to the Grandes Ecoles (CPGE)........................................................................................ 23 Enrolment in an engineering school:............................................................................ 23 Enrolment in specialised schools (Arts, Architecture, schools of business, engineering, social, paramedic, health schools and so on):................ 24

4. Planning your budget ............................................................... 25


Evaluating the cost of a year at university ...........................................25
Tuition fees ...................................................................................................................... 25 Living expenses ............................................................................................................. 25

Financing your stay................................................................................26


Study grants .................................................................................................................... 26 Student jobs .................................................................................................................... 27 Housing benefits ............................................................................................................. 27 Bank loans ....................................................................................................................... 28

5. Preparing ones stay and arrival in Lyon.......................... ..29


Finding accommodation. 29
Good techniques! . Important information.. Useful addresses in Lyon The different types of accommodation A few tips concerning short-term and temporary accommodation Plans to get you by A short accommodation glossary. 29 29 30 31 33 34 35

Formalities ..........................................................................................................35
Passport........................................................................................................................... 35 Visa ................................................................................................................................... 36

Health and Insurance.........................................................................................37


Health Insurance ............................................................................................................. 37 Complementary insurance ............................................................................................. 38 Third party and personal accident insurance .............................................................. 38 Repatriation insurance ................................................................................................... 38 Vaccination ...................................................................................................................... 38

Banks ..................................................................................................................38 Practical information .........................................................................................39


Planes and trains ............................................................................................................ 39 Driving licence................................................................................................................. 39

Climate .................................................................................................................39 Check list ............................................................................................................40 Map of Lyon University establishments..41 Metro-Tramway...42

1. WHY CHOOSE LYON AND ITS REGION?


A major university city and a famous research network centre
Lyon is the first university city in France (after Paris) with 120,000 students, 13% of whom are foreign students. There are around 30 establishments, offering an extremely wide range of higher education courses. The research sector is very active: 10,000 researchers and teaching-researchers work in 510 public and private laboratories. The public research network centre is specialized in fine and molecular chemistry, clinical research, human biology, neuroscience, cognitive science, pharmacology, biological and medical engineering, medical imagery, engineering science, materials science, mathematics and scientific calculus.

A city full of history and culture


The historical site of Lyon is home to an exceptional architectural and urban heritage. For this reason, UNESCO classed it as part of the World Heritage in 1998. Lyon has an Opera House and a national symphony orchestra, a national centre for contemporary art, a house of dance, the Lumire cinema institute in homage to the 1st film in the history of cinema (which was made in Lyon) and a wide variety of sites of artistic creation. There is an exceptional range on offer in all fields: film, theatre, music, dance, museums, theme cafs, university public lectures and more. Many major events punctuate cultural life: for example, the biennial dance festival, the biennial contemporary art festival, the science festival, the Nuits de Fourvire (popular and classical concerts, plus theatre, from the Roman amphitheatre). And, every year, on 8 December, the city is illuminated for the Festival of Light.

A region that is open and dynamic


The Rhone-Alps Region is the second economic region in France and is one of the most important economic regions in Europe. It is home to as many people as Denmark or Finland. In terms of size, the region can be compared to the largest German regions. It shares a border with Switzerland and Italy. Rhone-Alps has a remarkable, and protected, natural heritage thanks to the diversity of its climatic influences and the natural sites it contains: the Massif Central to the west, the Rhone valley in the centre and the Alps to the east. Natural parks cover 10% of the region. Its vitality comes from a wide range of agricultural, industrial (health, biotechnology, chemistry, textiles, environment, IT, mechanics, food industry ) and service activities. The importance of the high technology sector should be emphasised, strengthened by research and higher education, as should that of tourism, both in winter and in summer. The Rhone-Alps Region has adopted a highly active international policy and, for this reason, has invested in many cooperation agreements with numerous regions in Europe and the rest of the world. It supports international investment in education establishments and the mobility of their students. By train, Lyon is just 2 h from Paris and the Mediterranean Sea, 1 h 30 from the Alps, 2 h from Switzerland (Geneva) and 4 h from Italy (Turin).

Further information
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Population: Lyon Greater Lyon Rhone-Alps Region 450,000 inhabitants 1,200,000 inhabitants 5,700,000 inhabitants

Some key figures:

Universities in Rhone-Alps: Lyon University Grenoble Universities University of Savoy University Jean Monnet in St Etienne 96,000 students 60,000 students 12,000 students 12,800 students

Useful websites:

About research: www.universite-lyon.fr www.lyon-sciences.fr www.lyoncampus.org/pagesguide/etab3.htm, guide for researchers.

About Lyon: www.lyon.fr, site of the Lyon City Hall (in English and Spanish) www.lyon-france.com, site of the tourist office ( in English) www.grandlyon.com , site of the Lyon area Assembly (pictures and maps of the area)

About the region: www.rhonealpes.fr , site of the Rhone-Alps Region (in French) www.franceway.com/regions/rhonealp/ : map, tourism, accommodation in the Rhone-Alps area (in French and English) www.rhone-en-decouverte.com, nature, sport, gastronomy, culture (in French)

2. MAKING A SUCCESS OF YOUR PROJECT


Before deciding to travel, there are four important questions you must ask yourself: Is my French good enough to allow me to attend classes in French? Do I have at least 4,500 to live one academic year in Lyon? Do I have enough time (about one year) to complete all the necessary steps before coming? What will be in my personal route and in my country the added value of the course Ill attend in Lyon?

The main steps


1- First of all, choose a course that is coherent with your career plans and your level of skill in terms of your diplomas, level of study and level of French. You will need to: - understand the French education system - be aware of the general and particular enrolment conditions - make several choices and assess your chances of being accepted - consider, if necessary, taking French language classes in the year before your departure, in your own country or in Lyon itself. 2Next, you must consider the question of cost and your financial resources: how much does the course you have chosen cost? what budget will you need to live in Lyon? what financial resources can you hope to have (grants, benefits, loans, student jobs and so on)?

3- Then, you must obtain information on the application formalities involved and when you must complete them: Application request forms, grant applications and so on. 4- Finally, if your project is successful, prepare your departure and your arrival in Lyon: being in possession of a passport, obtaining a visa and insurance, reserving your air or rail travel, finding accommodation, getting access to your money once in Lyon and getting all the useful administrative documents together.

Warning! If you are not a grant holder of the French government or on an exchange program, you will be considered like any French student enrolling at the university. You will be expected to manage on your own when it comes to finding accommodation and starting your life as a student at the university. Finding student accommodation in Lyon, however, is not an easy matter, especially if you are in a foreign country.

It is also important to note that enrolment conditions and administrative formalities differ depending on whether you are a citizen of the European Economic Area* and Switzerland

*European Economic Area (EEA): the 25 countries of the European Union + Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Timetable

Choose a course that is coherent with youre your career plans and skills Consider the question of cost and your financial resources

More than a year in advance

A year in advance

From December for citizens from outside the EEA* applying for enrolment in 1st or 2nd year of the licence grade From December for certain competitive exams for Start your administrative steps access to particular schools for enrolment From January for short technical courses and for 3rd and 4th year studies in engineering and business schools From March for citizens of the EEA/Switzerland applying for enrolment in the Licence grade From March for master and Doctorate

Plan the practical details of your arrival in Lyon

Between May and July (on reception of a firm offer from the school or university)

3. CHOOSING YOUR COURSE AND APPLYING


Understanding the French higher education system:
Categories of establishments: Higher education in France is available from several types of establishment, which can be either public or private: - Universities - Grandes Ecoles and other specialised higher education schools - Higher education establishments for short, technical courses of a vocational nature: BTS courses (Brevet de Technicien Suprieur, advanced vocational diploma) in high schools and IUT (Institut Universitaire de Technologie, university technology institutes) within the Universities. Although most courses come under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education, certain more specialised courses come under the responsibility of other Ministries: Agriculture, Health, Culture Defence, and Equipment. For further information: www.onisep.fr (Chapter Studying in France in French, available in English and Spanish) www.egide.asso.fr (in French and in English) www.edufrance.fr (several foreign language versions) Enrolment: Passing the French Baccalaureate at the end of secondary education gives you the right to access to higher education in public universities. Certain courses, including short technical courses, engineering courses and, more generally, those in Grandes Ecoles or specialised schools, have an extra selection process on admission (competitive exams, application forms, interviews and so on). Diplomas: Both public establishments and private establishments under contract to the State generally deliver State diplomas that are recognised nationally by all education establishments and professions (see diagram below). There are, however, certain university diplomas (DU) and diplomas from certain schools that are not recognised nationally. Language: The language used for teaching, with only a few exceptions, is French.But more and more courses could be available in English in such fields as management, engineering. Consult the site www.edufrance.fr and the chapter called specific courses offers for foreign students Cost: The cost of courses varies depending on the level of study, the type of establishment and its status (public or private). Public education is largely financed by the State and the costs that must be paid by the students are, as a result, low (see chapter Planning your budget). The academic year: The academic year starts in September/October and ends in May/June. The dates differ from one establishment to another and from one year to another. The year includes several vacation periods during which there are no courses: Christmas: 2 weeks (End of December, beginning of January); Winter: 1 week (during February) ; Spring: 1 or 2 weeks (during March/ April) Public holidays: 1 November (All Saints), 11 November (Armistice 1918), 25 December (Christmas), 1 January (New Year), 9 April 2007 (Easter), 1 May (Labour Day), 7 May 2007 (Ascension Day), 8 May (Victory in Europe 1945), 14 July (National holiday), 15 August.

The new European structure: France, along with more than 50 European countries, signed the Bologna Declaration in 1999, the first step towards the genuine construction of the European higher education area. The system is based on 3 grades obtained after the validation of the various teaching units to which the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is attached. Credits can be applied to all activities and all forms of teaching. These credits can then be capitalised by students who have fulfilled the validation conditions. Bachelors and Masters degrees, plus Doctorates, are included as the new levels common to the universities of the European Education Area. These levels will be obtained by acquiring a pre-determined number of credits.

Description of the system credits

DOCTORATE

300

PROFESSIONAL MASTER

RESEARCH

Intermediate diploma

MASTER

180
Intermediate diploma

BACHELOR

DEUG

BACCALAUREATE

CPU / AMUE Juillet 2002

Thus a bachelors degree, composed of 6 semesters on average, corresponds to 180 credits and a masters degree to 120 credits with 4 extra semesters (see diagram above). The LMD reform, or the 3-5-8 (years), aims to make student mobility easier. A bachelors degree obtained in France, for example, would be recognised in Italy. For international mobility, an appendix describing the diploma, called the supplement to the diploma will make it possible to assess the knowledge and aptitudes acquired for the diploma. The DEUG and the DEUST, both 2-year post baccalaureate diplomas, as well as the matrise obtained 3 years after the baccalaureate will be retained as intermediate diplomas. The DEA and DESS are respectively replaced by the Research Master degree and the Professional Master degree. Short glossary for understanding abbreviations Diploma of General University Studies University Technology Diploma - Diploma delivered by the University Technology Institute University Diploma (of variable level and duration) Diploma of Scientific and Technical University Studies One-year postgraduate degree in research Diploma of Specialised Higher Studies (one-year, postgraduate diploma)

DEUG: DUT: DU: DEUST: DEA: DESS:

All establishments in Lyon have implemented the reform.

Choosing a course in Lyon:


Lyon and the surrounding area offer a vast array of higher education courses with diplomas delivered by Universities and Specialised Schools. All courses in Lyon area, available after a post compulsory uppeer secondary education certificate (equivalent to our Baccalaureat) www.universite-lyon.fr/14229095/0/fiche___pagelibre/ www.orientation-lyon.org/choix/formations/atlas/index.php

Courses offered by the establishments of Lyon University (PUL):

The University of Lyon (PUL) federates 16 higher education and research establishments in Lyon and offers a wide selection of courses and diplomas. The institution has signed more than 890 agreements with establishments of 75 different countries. See: www.universite-lyon.fr. Note that among those establishments the Institut National de Recherche Pedagogique is only dedicated to research. (lien direct base de donnes du PUL) Universit Claude Bernard Lyon 1 Science and Technology/Health/Medicine/Sports www.univ-lyon1.fr - 28 030 students 43, boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918 - 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex Tel : 33 472 44 80 00 A map of the different campus http://www.univ-lyon1.fr/1122382156652/0/fiche___article/ Main course offerings: Science and technology, Engineering, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Mechanics, Information technology, Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Sports Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry Universit Lumire Lyon 2 Human and Social Sciences www.univ-lyon2.fr - 28130 students Campus de Lyon - 86, rue Pasteur - 69007 Lyon - Tel: +33 478 69 70 00 Campus Porte des Alpes - Avenue Mends-France - 69500 Bron - Tel : +33 478 77 44 55 Main course offerings: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art history, Information and Communication technology, Economics, Education, French as a Foreign Language, Geography, History, Modern Language, Law, Linguistics, Modern and Classical Literature, Musicology, Performing Arts, Political Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Tourism, Urban Studies, Work Studies Universit Jean-Moulin Lyon 3 Droit/ Commerce/Sciences humaines www.univ-lyon3.fr - 21000 students 1, rue de luniversit - 69239 Lyon Cedex 07 - Tel : 00/ 33 4 78 78 78 40 And : Manufacture des Tabacs - 4 cours Albert Thomas - 69008 Lyon Main course offerings: Law, Political Sciences, Management, International Business, Marketing, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Information Technology, Communication, Linguistics, Foreign Languages, Modern and Classical Literature, Philosophy, History, Geography Ecole Centrale de Lyon www.ec-lyon.fr - 1 200 students 36, avenue Guy de Collongue 69134 Ecully - Tel : +33 472 18 60 00 Main course offerings: Engineering, Electronics, Mechanics, Electrical Engineering, Material Sciences, Mathematics Ecole normale suprieure de Lyon (ENS) Sciences www.ens-lyon.fr - 930 students 46, Alle d'Italie - 69364 Lyon Cedex 07 - Tel : +33 472 72 80 00 Main course offerings: Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Earth Sciences

Ecole normale suprieure de Lettres et Sciences Humaines www.ens-lsh.fr 750 students 15, Parvis Ren Descartes - 69366 Lyon Cedex 07 - Tel : +33 437 37 60 01 Main course offerings: Linguistics, Modern and Classical Literature, Social Sciences, Economics Ecole Nationale Suprieure des Sciences de l'Information des Bibliothques (ENSSIB) www.enssib.fr - 280 students 17/21, boulevard du 11 novembre 1918 - 69623 Villeurbanne Cedex Tel : +33 472 44 43 43 Main course offerings: Librarian and library management, Book history, Information technology Ecole Nationale de Travaux Publics de l'Etat (ENTPE) (Civil Engineering) www.entpe.fr - 788 students Rue Audin, 69518 Vaulx en Velin, Tel. 0033 472 04 70 70 Ecole Nationale Vtrinaire de Lyon (ENV Lyon) www.vet-lyon.fr - 630 students 1, avenue Bourgelat - BP 83 - 69280 Marcy L'Etoile - Tel: +33 478 87 25 25 Main course offerings: Medicine, Surgery for animals, Food Quality Security, animal biology and comparative bio-pathology EM Lyon Management www.em-lyon.com - 2 500 students 23, avenue Guy de Collongue - BP 174 - 69132 Ecully Cedex - Tel: +33 478 33 78 00 Main course offerings: Marketing, Services, Technological innovation, International Business, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Management, Human Resource, Communication, Negotiation, Law Institut dEtudes Politiques de Lyon http://iep.univ-lyon2.fr - 1274 students 14 avenue Berthelot 69007 Lyon Tel: +33 437 28 38 00 Main course offerings: Political Sciences, Management, Business, Public Administration, International Relations, Town Planning. INSA Lyon Science and Engineering www.insa-lyon.fr - 5000 students 20, avenue Albert Einstein - 69621 Villeurbanne Cedex - Tel : +33 472 43 83 83 Main course offerings: Science and Engineering, Biochemistry, Civil engineering and city planning, Electrical engineering, Electronics, Mechanical engineering, Production engineering, Computer and information technology, Energy engineering and environmental studies, Material sciences, Telecommunications Institut National de Recherche Pdagogique www.inrp.fr - 150 students Place du Pentacle BP 17 69195 Saint Fons cedex Tel. 0033 472 89 83 00 Institut Polytechnique de Lyon www.ipl.fr 2400 students 30, rue sainte Hlne 69227 Lyon cedex Tel. 0033 472 41 08 28 Main course offerings: Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical engineering and automation, Electronics, Production engineering, Materials Science, Informatics Institut Universitaire Formation des Matres (IUFM) www.lyon.iufm.fr - 4800 students 5 rue Ensile - 69317 Lyon Cedex 04 Tel: +33 472 07 30 30 Main course offerings: Teacher Training

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Universit Catholique de Lyon Business Sciences / Theology www.univ-catholyon.fr - 3920 students two campus 25, rue du Plat - 69228 Lyon Cedex 02 - Tel : +33 472 32 50 12 and 23 place Carnot- 69002 Lyon Main course offerings: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Electronics, Business, Management, Law, Human rights, Environment, Quality Security, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Theology, Local development, Family Sciences. o Other educational institutions in Lyon area:

-Schools of Architecture, Arts and Performing Arts Ecole d'Architecture www.lyon.archi.fr - 690 students Conservatoire National Suprieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon (CNSMD) www.cnsmd-lyon.fr - 550 students Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts www.enba-lyon.fr - 250 students Ecole Nationale Suprieure des Arts et Techniques du Thtre www.ensatt.fr - 150 students 4, rue Sur Bouvier - 69005 Lyon Tel : 00/ 33 4 78 15 05 06 o Looking for a specific course:

http:/:www.egide.asso.fr/formations/uk/RechercheParForm Search by field, specialisation, admission level, town, local education authority (in English) http:/:www.egide.asso.fr/formations/fr/RechercheParForm - Search by field, specialisation, admission level, town, local education authority (in French) http://www.egide.asso.fr/formations/uk/RechercheParEtab - Search by type of institution, city, department and academy (in English) http://www.egide.asso.fr/formations/fr/RechercheParEtab - Search by type of institution, city, department and academy (in French) A complete guide for the registration deadlines and learning opportunities depending on the Lyon Education Authority: http://www.orientation-lyon.org

Warning! As a foreign student, you can only apply for full time courses and not inservice training

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Special programmes for foreign students or programmes delivered in English: University Claude Bernard Lyon 1:

International Master of Physics and Technology The Master of Physics and Technology is also proposed as an International Master of Physics and Technology, open to foreign students, French-speaking and non-Frenchspeaking students alike. In this respect, all general lectures of the Master of Physics and Technology are offered both in French and in English, depending on the semester. Non-French speaking students can take most of their lectures during the first semester in English and may learn French through dedicated language courses. French-speaking students may also choose the International Master of Physics and Technology, provided they take a sufficient number of their lectures in English. The aim of this International Master of Physics and Technology is to provide to nonFrench speaking students the same level of knowledge as to the one offered to Frenchspeaking students. It is therefore expected that students from a larger number of countries will follow these lectures. This International Master of Physics and Technology may also be pursued by French students looking for additional training in English in the context of their future professional activity. http://spiral.univ-lyon1.fr/Files_m/M3281/WEB/master_english.htm (english version) http://master-physique.univ-lyon1.fr (french version) University Jean-Moulin Lyon 3: University Jean-Moulin Lyon 3 offers different programmes for international students.

The DIG (Diploma of an Introduction to Management), one semester, is aimed at international students, who at the end of high school or after one or two years at university have none or little knowledge in management. The DIG prepares students for admission to regular programmes. The DSIG (Advanced Diploma in an Introduction to Management), one semester, is aimed at international students who have completed three or four years of study (or who have a professional experience) in management, law, applied foreign languages or engineering sciences. The DSIG prepares students for admission to the third year of a Bachelor programme or to the first year of a Master degree. Both the DIG and the DSIG offer the possibility to study during two or three semesters management, languages, law while improving your language skills and getting used to cultural and professional specificities.

The DEUF (Diploma of French University Studies) is aimed at students who come at University on a personal basis. Classes are taught in French. The diploma can be completed in one semester or in a full academic year. It includes French classes and optional subjects (subjects chosen among the classes given at University Jean-Moulin) The SELF (Study in English in Lyon, France): This is a transition module. The aim for foreign students is to be able to pursue their higher education courses in a French university after four months of classes. The initial level of knowledge of French required by the students is very basic as they will then benefit from intensive French classes. In addition, classes taught in English will allow them to acquire academic credits at the same time in a field of specialisation: law, arts, management, civilisation and so on. For this, it is highly recommended that the original university validates the choice of course. Contact: pes@univ-lyon3.fr http://www.univ-lyon3.fr/00182275/0/fiche_10__pagelibre/

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The Universit Jean Moulin Lyon 3 delivered also a MBA in English that are not specifically dedicated to foreign students

EURO-MBA The Euro-MBA program: an answer to the emerging patterns and requirements in the Business World The Junior MBA program leads to a graduate degree in Management preparing participants for leadership roles in the emerging global economy. The aim is to provide students with a comprehensive, advanced grounding in the core business areas of Accounting, Economics, Human Resources Management, Finance, Information Systems, Management and Marketing. The Junior MBA program is international (international professors of well-known American, Asian-Pacific and European Universities) and flexible (the program may be started in September or in January). European Business Realities MBA Program The EBR program: an answer to Business emerging patterns and requirements in the New Europe. The European Business Realities MBA program leads to a graduate degree in Management preparing participants for leadership roles in the emerging global economy with the understanding of compulsory European questions. The program aims to provide students with a comprehensive, advanced grounding in the core Business areas preparing them to be confronted with Europe and European Realities. On successful completion of this program, students should have enhanced their skills about what is Europe from a bottom-up perspective and will be able to give suitable answers for all different actors (employees, consumers, companies, public institutions, ) as Europe is a reality. The ABS Programme (American Business Studies) The summer Business Programme See: http://www.univ-lyon3.fr/66886956/0/fiche_04__pagelibre/ University Lumire Lyon 2 / CIEF: http://cief.univ-lyon2.fr/ All year specialisation courses Intensive programmes (546h) leading to University diplomas University diploma in French literature University diploma in International Business and trade University diploma in Public libe in France These courses are quite attractive, they are dedicated to students who have completed their degrees in their countries and who want to improve their command of French language before carrying on studies in France A summer university: In July : intensive programme in French language and culture for students (72h) and a pedagogical intensive programme for teachers (72h) In September: an intensive programme (50h) for preparing the academic year. Mainly dedicated to students regularly registered in one higher education establishment for the starting year or in exchange programmes.

Catholic University Lyon: UCL/ESDES Programme: ESDES is the business and management school at the Catholic University of Lyon (5 years of higher education after the baccalaureate). It offers foreign students a program, spread over one or two semesters, composed of business and management studies taught in English. The aim of these semesters is to teach the basics of operational strategies to students who have a good command of English and who have already decided to take a course in business and management. The program is open to foreign

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students and French students preparing the ESDES diploma. There are 16 different modules on offer in the field of management. www.esdes.org/en/int_etu.htm Ecole normale suprieure de Lyon o English courses have been available since 2004-2005 : Cross discipline courses PCB et CECAM (Master des Sciences de la Matire) www.ens-lyon.fr/DSM/sitemaster/filierePCB.html www.ens-lyon.fr/DSM/sitemaster/filiereCECAM.html o UE Europe (Master Biologie Molculaire et Cellulaire) : www.ens-lyon.fr/DSVT/BMC/bmc.html o Master in Earth Sciences www.ens-lyon.fr/DSVT/MST/
Here are the different programmes with courses in English
2004-2005 Nb Cours Nb ECTS 5 30 3 16 7 35 15 81 Nb Cours 6 3 7 2 18 2005-2006 Nb ECTS 30 16 35 9 90

Master BMC UE Europe Master SM Filire PCB Master SM Filire CECAM Master Sciences de la Terre Total

Masters with an international partnership : Le Master Erasmus Mundus ATOSIM (Modlisation atomique et molculaire de systmes physiques, chimiques et biomolculaires) in connerction with two partner universities Amsterdam University and La Sapienza in Roma. This master is dedicated to outsanding students

French langage courses are available for students regularly registered in the School. They are linked with entertainment programmes to discover Lyon to failitate the integration of foreign students. For further information www.ens-lyon.fr INSA: international courses :

INSA-Lyon trains engineers in a 5-year study program, at the end of secondary degree education. The first two years offer to students a multi-disciplinary teaching in science and humanities, the aim being to give students the chance to continue their engineering studies. Eurinsa, Asinsa and Amerinsa are international courses that add to this primary aim the desire to prepare students for the international dimension of the engineering profession and, in this way, to stimulate open-mindedness, autonomy and the ability to adapt and innovate. All 3 structures welcome foreign students (30 to 50% of students in 1st year) as well as students from, respectively, Europe, Asia and Latin America. The teaching programs have been designed to help foreign students adapt. Foreign students can also make an application to Insa on a regular basis as any French student according to the normal procedure. A number of masters are available as well The IMS = International master of science accepting foreign stduents who have completed in their countries the first university degree equivalent to a Bachelor.This programme is available mainly in English language ( for the first year and then gradually a number fmodules are delivered in French) Here are the fields of studies considered: Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Civil Engineering and Urbanism, Electrical Engineering, Energy and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Design, Mechanical Engineering Development, Mechanical Engineering and Plasturgy

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Processes, Industrial Engineering, Computer Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Telecommunications. The diploma Master Erasmus Mundus accepting international applicants of a very high standard. This programme in Mechanical Engineering is a joint diploma delivered in connection with two other famous European establishements: Dublin Trinity College and the Polytechnics University of Barcelona. It means that foreign students spend one year in INSA and one year in one partner university The Phd available for foreign students who have completed a research master or equivalent. The Insa is involved in 9 doctoral schools, for a number of them in connection with ECL, ENSS UCBL For further details see www.insa-lyon.fr E.M. LYON: MBA and Masters: International MBA: training in general management with an intercultural dimension for French and foreign executives with considerable potential and professional experience. This one-year program is taught entirely in English, although certain (selected) courses are now also offered in French. www.em-lyon.com/mba Master of Science in Management: two-year general training program designed to allow students with a Bachelors degree to acquire the qualities of a 21st century manager: learning to be enterprising, learning to develop their personality and learning international aspects. Altogether, 40% of the classes are taught in English and it is possible, for those who so desire, to take the first semesters (core subjects) entirely in English so as to prepare the rest of the program in French. www.em-lyon.com/msc Master in European Business: one-year program for non-European students with a Bachelors degree who wish to specialise in the intercultural and managerial practices of the European Union and its relationship with the other parts of the world. This program is taught entirely in English. www.em-lyon.com/mieb The Institut dEtudes Politiques (IEP) of Lyon : The Certificate of Political Studies (CEP): it is a full academic year curriculum reserved to foreign students having completed two years of higher education. Fees are about 1200 . Access is open without fees to any student who participates in an exchange program with the IEP and/or University Lyon 2. The Certificate of Political Studies is awarded when students have passed all the examinations necessary to obtain 60 ECTS credits. http://iep.univ-lyon2.fr/International/anglais/Foreignstudents/Certificate.html The Short Programme in Political Studies (AEP): it is one semester curriculum reserved to foreign students having completed two years of higher education. Fees are about 600 . Access is open without fees to any student who participates in an exchange program with the IEP and/or University Lyon 2. The Short Programme in Political Studies is awarded when students have passed all the examinations necessary to obtain 30 ECTS credits. http://iep.univ-lyon2.fr/International/anglais/Foreignstudents/ShortProgram.html

See also the catalogue Edufrance www.edufrance.net/adm/xadm-catanglais.htm, international programmes information in France.

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French language courses:

As most courses are taught in French, it may be useful or necessary to attend a French language course. Furthermore, the prior application for admission to University, which is required for students from outside the EEA and Switzerland who wish to register for the first two years of a degree course in a French University, includes an exam assessing the level of knowledge in the French language. Passing this exam is not required if the student has the DELF (Diploma of French Language Studies) or the DALF (Higher Diploma in the French Language), two diplomas recognised by the French Department of Education. Moreover, your application for registration in a French university can be more convincing if you present a French language diploma. You will thus have to acquire a good level of French and obtain, if possible, a recognised diploma (see the following paragraph): - Either by means of courses you will attend before your departure for France: The Alliance Franaise is present in many countries. It gives French courses and issues diploma. Addresses for all the premises can be found at www.alliancefr.org http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/actions-france_830/francophonie-languefrancaise_1040/index.html - Or by means of courses in Lyon: Foreign students can attend intensive French language courses in Lyon at any level and sit for language exams. They can also, if they are enrolled regularly at a university, take French classes in parallel to their studies in non-intensive programmes offered by the establishment they are attending. Warning!!! The French classes are very popular in Lyon! Do register beginning of January if you plan to come in September! All centres delivering French courses for foreigners and not depending on a university, do not give access to the French Social Security and by the way it is an obstacle to obtain the Temporary Work Permit! Check this when registering!

Centres offering French language courses at Lyon University: Three establishments at the University of Lyon offer intensive and non-intensive French as a Foreign Language courses, at all levels. It is also possible to prepare for the DELF and DALF exams. These establishments emphasise the all-inclusive formula (reception, accommodation, social and cultural programs) as part of a quality approach to welcoming foreign students. CENTRE INTERNATIONAL D'ETUDES FRANAISES (CIEF) http://cief.univ-lyon2.fr Universit Lumire-Lyon 2 16, quai Claude-Bernard - 69365 Lyon Cedex 07 Tel: +33 478 69 71 35/36 - Fax: +33 478 69 70 97 For additional information contact: cief@univ-lyon2.fr INSTITUT DE LANGUE ET DE CULTURE FRANAISE (ILCF) www.ilcf.net Universit Catholique 25, rue du Plat - 69288 Lyon Cedex 02 Tel: +33 472 32 50 53 - Fax: +33 472 32 51 82 For additional information contact: ilcf@univ-catholyon.fr

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There are generally three types of program on offer: - Semestrial or annual programs for students with all levels of French. - Intensive courses specially designed for students who already have a basic or advanced level of French. These sessions generally last one month or take place over the summer. The courses are, out of preference, for students with a short-term project, such as enrolling in a French university. - Courses designed for French language teachers As a summary:
Semestrial courses Approximate number of participants and corresponding fees 450 students - 12h to 20h/week from 04/09/05 to 13/01/06 from 23/01/06 to 9/06/06 cost: for 20h per week during 14 weeks : 1700 Semestrial language and civilisation courses, specific annual courses (law, political science, economics, literature)) 435 students - 16h, 19 or 20 h /week from 17/10/05 to 29/01/06 from 20/02/06 au 04/06/06 cost: for 20h per week and for one term 1196 courses available for one month, one term, one semester Summer courses Intensive program Approximate number of participants and Corresponding fees 300 students -18h to 20h/week From 01/07/06 to 22/07/06 From 01/09/06 to 16/09/06 cost: for 72h: 440 Language and cultural courses, specific cou courses for the start of the academic year. 340 students- 16h to 20h/week from July to September cost: for 80h 572

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UCL/ILCF

Other establishments offering French courses : ALLIANCE FRANAISE DE LYON www.alliancefrancaiselyon.com 11 rue Pierre Bourdan - 69003 Lyon Tel: +33 478 95 24 72 Contact: information@alliancefrancaiselyon.com Universit Francophone internationale www.ildif.com 40, rue de Gerland 69007 Lyon Tel : 00/33 4 78 69 25 04 - Contact : secretariat@ildif.com Lyon Bleu international www.lyon-bleu.fr 54 cours Lafayette - 69003 Lyon FRANCE Tel : +33 (0) 437 480 026 Contact : bonjour@lyon-bleu.fr

A list of other establishments offering French courses is available at (cii.@universite-lyon.fr) or at the CRIJ (crij_ra@j-net.org)

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French language diplomas and placement tests: The DELF (Diploma of French Language Studies) and the DALF (Higher Diploma of the French Language) are, respectively, the basic and advanced level of knowledge of the French language. These diplomas are recognised by the Department of Education. The DALF exempts students from passing a linguistic test when they make their Demande dAdmission Pralable (DAP, prior request for admission). For further information: www.ciep.fr There are two placement tests for assessing knowledge of the French language, specially designed for foreign students in their home country. These tests are useful for evaluating the students level of French when he or she applies for admission to a French university: Test dEvaluation de Franais (TEF, French assessment test) www.fda.ccip.fr Test de Connaissance du Franais (TCF, test of knowledge of French) www.ciep.fr The Alliance Franaise assesses five levels of knowledge of the French language, corresponding to the following certificates and diploma: CEFP1, certificate of practical French studies, 1st level CEFP2 , certificate of practical French studies, 2nd level Diplme de Langue de lAlliance Franaise (DL) , language diploma of the Alliance Franaise) Diplme Suprieur dtudes franaises modernes (DS, higher diploma in modern French studies) Diplme des Hautes Etudes Franaises (DHEF, diploma of advanced French studies) Diplme Suprieur dEtudes Commerciales (DSEC, higher diploma of business studies) It is also possible for foreign students to obtain University Diplomas (DU), for which there are three levels: The CPLF (practical certificate of the French language) level 1 The Diplme dEtudes Franaises (DEF, diploma of French studies) The Diplme Suprieur dEtudes Franaises (DSEF, diploma of advanced French studies)

Gaining recognition for your diplomas:


With only a few exceptions, there is no legal principle governing the equivalence between foreign and French diplomas. Nevertheless, a diploma certifying the end of secondary education or the right to access to higher education obtained in one of the countries of the EEA (the 25 countries of the Union + Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and Switzerland allows students to enrol in 1st year higher education courses with rights as French students. In all other cases, acceptance of admission, and to what level, will be decided by the establishment to which the application has been made. It is therefore recommended that candidates situate their level of studies within the French system before applying. For further information: www.egide.asso.fr/fr/guide/ www.edufrance.fr (several foreign language versions) www.onisep.fr (in French, Spanish and English) www.ciep.fr/enic-naricfr/index.htm W a rn i ng l!! So m e cou rs es ( med i ca l s t u d ie s , pa ra me d ic al s t ud i es , a rt s stu d ie s , c ou rse s de l i ve r ed by t h e M in is t r y o f A g r ic u ltu re . .) m a y r e q u ir e d if f er en t en ro lme nt p ro ce du re s: F or f u rth er i nf or mat io n: h t t p : / /w ww .ci ep .f r /en i c-n aricf r /

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Applying for a course


General rules: In order to enrol in a university and higher education studies, you must prove that you have passed the French Baccalaureate or a foreign diploma recognised as equivalent. You must have passed the diploma in the previous year or years to enrol on higher education courses. To carry on a university course in Lyon, you must have attended in your home country a programme in coherence with what you plan to study in France, a pedagogical committee taking into account you ECTS credits will evaluate your application. For example 180 credits will be necessary to be accepted in a Master. Additional selection: Additional selection procedures can occur before enrolling on vocational courses or specialised courses delivered in upper secondary schools. This further selection is made by means of a written application and interview or exam or competitive entrance examination. The Grandes Ecoles are accessible either on presentation of a written application or through a competitive examination which involves two years of preparation after the Baccalaureate: it is the case for the Ecoles Normales Suprieures (Grandes coles preparing teachers for higher education), veterinary schools, architecture schools and certain engineering and business schools nevertheless, some of these schools offer admission opportunities, called parallel, for students with a higher education diploma. Modes of admission may vary and for further information, contact directly the establishment or visit one of the following sites: For Lyon schools, here are the websites! Ecole Centrale de Lyon www.ec-lyon.fr Ecole Normale Suprieure de Lyon (ENS) Sciences www.ens-lyon.fr Ecole Normale Suprieure de Lettres et Sciences Humaines (ENS LSH) www.ens-lsh.fr Ecole Nationale de Travaux Publics de l'Etat (ENTPE) www.entpe.fr Ecole Nationale Vtrinaire de Lyon (ENV Lyon) www.vet-lyon.fr EM Lyon Management www.em-lyon.com Institut dEtudes Politiques de Lyon http://iep.univ-lyon2.fr INSA Lyon Sciences et ingnierie www.insa-lyon.fr lnstitut Polytechnique de Lyon www.ipl.fr Ecole d'Architecture www.lyon.archi.fr Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts www.enba-lyon.fr or consult the national sites : Engineering schools: www.cefi.org/WELCOME.HTM Other Grandes Ecoles: www.cge.asso.fr The timetable and the enrolment procedures for higher education courses directly after the Baccalaureate in the area depending on the Lyon Education Authority are described on the following site: http://www.orientation-lyon.org/choix/formations/atlas/index.php

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Warning! Each establishment is free to decide if it will accept foreign students and at what level they will be accepted. In addition, the admission request procedures differ depending on whether you are a citizen of the EEA (the 25 countries of the European Union + Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Switzerland or not.

o Enrolment in the Licence grade for students from outside the EEA and Switzerland (the first two years): Enrolment in the first or second year: You must get through the Demande dAdmission Pralable (DAP, prior request for admission) procedure. This is managed by the cultural services of French Embassies or by the CEF (centres for studies in France, in Algeria, China, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Vietnam) although you should note that there are some exceptions to this rule. For further information: The web site of the Department of Education: www.education.gouv.fr/pid266/veniretudier-en-france.html EduFrance: www.edufrance.fr/fr/b-agence/langues.htm (en varios idiomas) The addresses of embassies and consulates: www.mfe.org/annuaires/repdipet.asp the Ministry of Foreign Affairs : www.diplomatie.gouv.fr CEF : www.cefalgerie.org - www.cefchine.org - www.cefmaroc.org - www.ceftunisie.org www.cefsenegal.org - www.cefvietnam.org Requesting an application form (DAP): Application forms are available from the cultural services of embassies, or from the CEF websites, between 1 December and 15 January, as well as from the web site of the Department of Education. The forms must be completed and returned by 31st January at the latest. You may be asked to attend a language test (fee: 59). The Embassy will send your form to two schools of your choice, which will send you their response directly. More information www.education.gouv.fr/prat/formul/familles.htm#inscrip Response: from the establishments in question, in April for the first establishement, in May for the second. If it is an unconditional admission, confirm you application before the 31st of July. Warning: the unconditional admission in a higher education establishment is of course compulsory for the visa request but not sufficient, other conditions are mandatory!!!

Enrolment in a third year of Licence grade: You must apply directly to the chosen university. Warning: it is strongly advised to make a DAP in parallel in case your application for a third year would be rejected!!!

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Enrolment in a Licence grade for students from the EEA and Stwitzerland: Enrolment in the first year:

If you have a diploma giving you access to higher education in your country (or if you are currently preparing such a diploma), you can apply to enrol in 1st year at university under the same conditions as a French citizen with the Baccalaureate. Your place of residence cannot be used as a reason for rejecting your application. Two steps for this application procedure - Request for a pre-admission form in March. Consult the Internet site of the establishment that you have chosen. You are allowed to complete several application forms. - Response: confirmation of your pre-admission on the Internet sites, starting the 1st of July and on condition you obtained your secondary education diploma. An appointment will be given to you to enrol definitively on the spot. Another person could represent you if you are not available on the requested period. If you missed the pre-admission procedure, you get the opportunity to enrol but only from the 15th of July. Additional information on www.orientation-lyon.org/choix/dates_limites/index.php?chap=d Enrolment in the 2nd and 3rd year: Send your request directly to the university from the beginning of April. All Lyon universities have adopted the European Higher Education scheme (LMD). We are no longer considering academic years, it is much more appropriate to talk of semesters and the more you obtained ECTS credits in your previous institution the better! o Enrolment in Master and Doctorate:

Being a citizen from EEA/Switzerland or not, you must apply directly to the establishment that you have chosen as soon as you can justify of relevant diplomas and skills. You can obtain information concerning the modalities and timetable on the Internet site of the establishments that you are interested in. This information may vary from one establishment to another. Finally, you must contact the secretarys office of the course you are hoping to take. The pedagogical committee will examine your application form. Request for an application form: between January and April, varying according to the establishments Response: in June or July. If it is positive, you will be asked to attend the definitive enrolment, in Lyon, at the start of the academic year. Warning: Enrolment in a second year of MASTER can be very selective so is it for French students as well!

Enrolment in STS (section de technicien suprieur: advanced vocational course): These are short courses (2 years after the Baccalaureate) delivering a diploma called BTS (Brevet de Technicen Suprieur).Places are limited and admission depends on a written application. The procedure is centralised at the Acadmie (local education authority). No DAP is required. In state funded schools: Three steps Edit your choices through the MASALY procedure on Internet: https://tage.aclyon.fr/affvoeux between beginning of March and beginning of May, it is absolutely necessary to obtain a personal code number. See also http://www.orientationlyon.org/choix/dates_limites/index.php?chap=b

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Edit your application form on the Internet site: www.orientation-lyon.org between beginning of March and beginning of May Send your application form to the schools before beginning of May All these steps are described on: www.orientation-lyon.org/choix/dates_limites/index.php?chap=b and click on Dates dinscription post-bac, dossiers dinscription BTS For any further information contact the Academic Information and Guidance Department, called SAIO from the month of January: Service Acadmique dInformation et dOrientation (SAIO) Rectorat de Lyon 69 rue de Marseille- BP 7227 69354 Lyon Cedex 07 Tel 00 33 4 72 80 63 72 In private schools: Contact them directly. All Higher Education establishments in Lyon area on: http://www.orientation-lyon.org/choix/formations/atlas/index.php o Enrolment in an Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT, university technology institute) Short courses (2 years after the Baccalaureate) within a university: places are limited and admission depends on a written application and sometimes an interview. No DAP is required. You should contact the establishment chosen directly to obtain an application form and details of date limits for returning it. Application forms are available on the Internet site of the university in the IUT section, generally from February. The deadlines to send the application back: end of April/ beginning of May. Some application fees are required around 40 euros per application. For further information: http://www.orientation-lyon.org/choix/formations/atlas/pif-postbac.php

o Enrolment in a class preparing admission to the Grandes Ecoles (CPGE): The public or private preparatory classes prepare students with the Baccalaureate for the competitive entrance exams for admission to the Grandes Ecoles. Different categories of preparatory classes exist, for scientific studies, for literary studies and for management studies. There is a very harsh selection to enter these classes and you must have very good marks. No DAP is required. The admission procedure is centralised and takes place on the site: http://www.admission-postbac.org Here you will find all the information you need on the French and foreign applicants to whom this procedure is applicable. Applications: from January to March Response: June-July o Enrolment in an engineering school: Enrolment in such schools can happen directly after the Baccalaureat through an application form or a competitive exam but most of them are recruiting after a competitive exam after a preparatory class (CPGE). You can also apply to these schools after a two-year university course or a DUT. Contact directly the engineering school you are interested in. No DAP required. Details of the five engineering schools available in Lyon area directly after a Baccalaureat, deadlines and procedures on:

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http://www.orientation-lyon.org/choix/formations/atlas/pif-post-bac.php More information on engineering schools in France on the site: www.cefi.org

o Enrolment in specialised schools (Arts, Architecture, schools of business, engineering, social, paramedic, health schools and so on): Most of those programmes are delivered in specialized schools either public or private and are available on a competitive exam, an application form or test.Baccalaureat is mandatory in a great majority of them.. No DAP is required except for the Architecture School. A rch itect ur a l sch oo l, r e ga rd les s of t he le ve l o f stu d y r e qu es ted , is s ub ject to t he DAP f or c it ize ns fr o m out side t he EEA . http://www.archi.fr/ECOLES/

In the health and social area, most of courses are available, after a competitive exam or entrance exam, for holders of the Baccalaureate or on the condition that it is obtained. For further information, contact the establishments before the end of December. The exams take place between March and June. For details of the establishments: http://www.orientationlyon.org/choix/formations/atlas/pif-post-bac.php. If you have already taken a course of this type in your country, the school in Lyon may recognise your diploma and admit you. Contact the school directly for further information.

Warning! Some of those schools are private and require very high tuition fees. They may deliver some diplomas which have no recognition at a national level and which are just school diplomas. So be very careful when applying! Inform yourself of the reputation of the school! You may contact the Centre dInformation Internationale cii@universite-lyon.fr

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4. Planning your budget


Evaluating the cost of a year at university:
If you need a visa to come to France, you will have to prove that you have sufficient resources, estimated in 5160 per year. The existence of these resources can be proven by: - a grant allocation certificate - a permanent standing order - proof that a creditworthy guarantor, residing in Europe, has taken responsibility for you. Nationals from outside the EEA and Switzerland must pay for a tax of 55 when requesting the residency permit o Tuition fees:

Tuition fees in French public establishments are very low as they are largely subsidised by the State (from 156 to 305 per year depending on the courses). A student indeed costs from 6000 to 15000 per year. The enrolment fees are fixed at the national level and apply to everyone: French and foreign students. The enrolment fees, however, can be very high in private establishments, or for specific courses aimed at foreign students or French language courses. Examples of tariffs for the year in progress (fees liable to modification): Public university: about 156 for licence, about 199 master (inform yourself some can be more expansive), 305 in Doctorate Private business school: from 3800 to 7000 Engineering school: from 450 to 3 200 (depending on whether it is public or private) Private art school: from 1500 to more than 5000 National higher conservatory for music and dance: 1st year: 278 (plus 23 for access to the library) In public establishments, payment of tuition fees a nd ass oci at ed f ees i s m ad e o n d ef in i t i ve en ro l m ent . Y ou w il l t h ere f o re n ot h a ve t o p a y i n a d va nc e . So me est ab lish me nts , how e ver , ma y r e qu est ad min istr at ive f ees if t he a d m iss i on pr oces s inc l ud es a se l ect io n p ha se b as ed o n a w rit t en a pp l i cat i on . For further details: www.education.gouv.fr/cid2479/les-frais-d-etude-en-france.html o Living expenses

To live in Lyon, you should plan for a minimum monthly budget of 600 . As a student, you will benefit from certain reductions: university restaurants and cafeterias, university accommodation (if you are a grant-holder), libraries and reduced rates for public transport, leisure activities and so on. For the first month, you will need three times your monthly budget as there are specific expenses associated with renting accommodation, enrolling at the university, taking out social security, insurance, electricity, telephone and so on

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Examples of prices (tariffs in March 2006) Accommodation: Room in a CROUS university residence: between 131 and 205 per month Beds it in a CROUS university residence: between 250 and 305 per month Beds it in a private residence: approximately 370 per month Bedsit in town (30 m2): approximately 350 end 400 per month Getting a telephone installed: 27.50 - rental charge: 13,99 per month Electricity (EDF): Access: 14.02 Rental: 4.20 per month Gas (GDF): Access: 14.02 - rental: 4,20 per month Catering: 1 full meal in a university restaurant: 2.70 1 meal in a university cafeteria: between 2.70 and 3,50 1 sandwich in a university cafeteria: between 1,30 and 2,50 1 sandwich in a caf: between 2.50 and 3.50 1 Big Mac hamburger: 5.20 1 coffee: 1.30 1 croissant: 0.75 1 baguette: 0.75 1 kilo of fruits (apples): between 1.20 and 2 Health care: Taking out Student Social Security: 180 (tariff in 2005/2006) Taking out complementary student health insurance (a Mutuelle): from 3,75 to 25,5 per month depending on the policy Consultation with a general practitioner: 20 (reimbursed at 70% by the Social Security, 100% if you have a mutuelle) Travel: 1 monthly public transport pass: 30,60 10 public transport tickets (bus, underground, tram): 10.50 Entertainment: 1 swimming pool entry: 2.10 1 local telephone call: between 0.018 and 0.033 per second depending on the time of your call 1 national daily newspaper, for example Le Monde: 1.20 1 cinema entry: between 5 and 9 1 theatre or caf-theatre ticket: between 7 and 12 1 meal in a Lyon bouchon (typical Lyon restaurant): minimum 10 Studying: 1 card for 100 photocopies: approximately 6 1 hour on the Internet: approximately 2

Financing your stay:


o Study grants:

Study grants can be allocated by Europe in the case of particular programs, such as Erasmus, by your home country, by the French government in the case of bilateral agreements with your home country, by non-governmental organisations or by your original establishment in the case of particular agreements signed with establishments in Lyon. Start by finding out information from your original establishment (in your home country). For further information: The CNOUS (Centre National des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires, National Student Welfare Services) : www.cnous.fr (chapter foreign students)

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The web site of the Department of Foreign Affairs: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/france_829/venir-france_4062/etudierfrance_4247/index.html (French version) The Egide site: www.egide.asso.fr Egide is an association whose aim is to organise the reception and stay of foreign students, interns and researchers, be they invited or grant-holders. Egide does not answer individual requests directly, but those of the organisations that finance the trip. Egide has a regional delegation in Lyon. Grants for researchers: http://iedu.free.fr o Student jobs:

To be able to work, you must apply for an Autorisation Provisoire de Travail (APT, temporary work permit) once in France. Citizens of the EEA, Andorra and Monaco are exempt from this. Citizens from new countries entering EU in April 2004 are not exempt of this permit except Cyprus and Malta. For Swiss people, the APT has been no more compulsoy since the 31st of May 2004 Wa rn ing! T he op por tu n it y t o w ork for fo re ig n s tud ent s b e in g on l y a t o ler an ce , t he w ork p er m it can b e r ef u se d ( ref usal c an ha ppe n a nd a re not ra re ) . T h is w ork p er m it is on l y d e l i ve r ed t o stu de nt s on ce al l t he a d m in is t rat i ve f o r ma l it i es a re i m p le m en t ed ( 3 mo nt hs minim u m) a nd w it h a c op y o f t h e jo b co nt rac t . T h is aut ho r is at io n is on l y i s su ed t o s tud ent s e nr o lle d in an e st a b l ishme nt t ha t g i ve s acc ess t o t h e stu de nt Soc i a l S e cu rit y s ys t em. Es tab lish me nts t hat p ro vid e on l y c la sses in F re nc h as a F or e ig n La ng ua ge do n ot a lw a ys f u lf il t h is co nd it ion (co nta ct t he e sta b lishme nt in que st io n fo r f urt he r info r mat ion) .

Foreign students subject to the APT cannot work more than part time, calculated on an annual basis at 850 hours (16 h/week), with a maximum of 3 consecutive months of full time work. The easiest jobs to find are: language teaching, assistance with childrens homework, babysitting, home helps for the elderly, telesales and jobs as salespersons, receptionists, cashiers, pollsters, waiters, dish-washers, cooks (in fast-food restaurants), security guards, caretakers, messengers and so on. Examples of tariffs: Minimum wage (SMIC): 8.03 brut/hour (in other words, before the obligatory social contributions are deducted, about 20%). Child-minding, around 5,70 /hour daytime 26,80 from 20h00 to 24h00 Conversation in a foreign language, roughly 8.80 /hour Typing doctoral work in a foreign language, around 5,60 per page. Manual labour: 7,61 /hour o Housing benefits

Housing benefits are called APL (Aide Personnalise au Logement, personal housing benefit) and AL (Allocation de Logement caractre social, housing benefit based on social criteria). They are available to anyone (including foreigners) paying for accommodation. The amount varies in relation to the rent, the tenants income and family responsibilities, the type of accommodation and its position. The lease and rent receipt must obligatorily be in the students name. Depending on the rent paid, the

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benefit can reach approximately 230 per month. The benefit is paid from the second month for the entire duration of the lease. The formalities must be completed once in Lyon, and once you have signed your lease. For further information: www.caf.fr (in French only) Wa rn ing! G ive n t he a mo unt o f t ime ne ed ed to ob ta in yo ur r es ide nc e p er m it , yo u ar e u n l ik e l y t o r ec e i ve yo u r b en ef it s f or t he f irs t 3 mo nth s ( alt ho ugh t he b ene f it w ill be p a id r etr oa ct ive l y f o r t he 3 m o nth s in q ue st io n).

Bank loans

For further information, contact your bank. In France, financial establishments offer student loans. The interest rates vary depending on the level of study, the discipline studied and also the educational establishment. Interest rates are currently between 4.8% and 6.8%. Wa rn ing! T h is so lu tio n is on ly a va ila b le t o st ude nts w ho c an p ro vi d e ser i ou s g ua ra nt e es!

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5. Preparing ones stay and arrival in Lyon


Finding accomodation
Above all: Anticipate! o Good techniques!

Once spring arrives, and if you are sure that you will be coming to Lyon for the new academic year starting in September, start finding information about hostels and private residences. See if it is possible to reserve them from your home country. If you have a contact in Lyon (friend or relative), do not hesitate to ask them to act as intermediary everything is easier if you are on hand, rather than far away. If you live in Europe and can come to Lyon easily, do not hesitate to come in June start your search for accommodation. A short stay in June or July can avoid you problems at the start of the academic year. Visit the CROUS (town accommodation department) and the CRIJ (full details in chapter 4.6). Make sure you have enough money to pay for the deposit or advance rent. Do not bank on obtaining housing benefits immediately as the payments are deferred. Contact the student associations in the establishment you will be attending. Some of them are very active and can be very useful. For further information, see the Internet sites of the establishment in question. If you cannot plan to come to Lyon in advance because of visa problems, make sure to reserve some form of temporary accommodation, even if you cancel it at a later date. o Important information

The university residences managed by the CROUS are reserved as a priority for holders of grants from the French government and exchange students. It is nevertheless possible to apply once you are in Lyon. You may obtain a room if there are students who cancel. The Lyon region is composed of several towns and the educational establishments are spread over several sites. Depending on where you intend to study and the public transport available, you can look for accommodation outside Lyon in, for example, Villeurbanne, Bron, Caluire and so on. A map and local maps can be found on the site: http://france.express-map.com/plan-lyon/ The problem of the guarantor, also called the caution/solidaire. A guarantor may be a real person (relative or friend) or a corporate body who vouches for you and undertakes in writing to pay any rent that you have not paid, should this case arise. The guarantor must be a European resident for Crous residences or a French resident for private residences or owners and must be able to prove that he or she has a monthly income at least equal to three times the amount of your rent. A guarantor is required for almost all accommodation situations except hostels and certain private homes. If you do not have a guarantor, you will either have to prove that you yourself have an income at least equal to three times the rent or pay all your rent for the year in one payment. The deposit or caution: the deposit is a sum equivalent to at least one months rent ( in somes cases, it can be two months rent). You will be obliged to pay it in most cases where you have to sign a lease. It will be returned when you leave the accommodation, on the condition that no damage has been done.

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Particular cases: for students with grants or who are employed: The Rhone department Comit Interprofessionnel du Logement (CIL, interprofessional accommodation committe) can act as guarantor and pay the deposit. It is just an advance that must be reimbursed each month, afterwards. This is known as the LOCA PASS, www.loca-pass.com Warning: you must make your application at the latest on the day you sign your lease. It will take around one month for the money to be made available. The Association Collective pour l'Accs au Logement (ACAL, collective association for access to accommodation) can act as guarantor and pay the deposit for foreign students who are also employed (minimum part-time work). Home insurance All people in accommodation must take out home insurance (fire, flood damage) for the accommodation he or she is occupying. This is called the multirisques habitation(home multi-risk insurance). You can get this insurance once on the spot Housing benefits: See the Budget chapter. o Useful addresses in Lyon

In September: The Espace MultiServices Etudiant (EME, multiservice student area) is a place that brings together all the key players in student life: accommodation, insurance, bank, transport, health and so on. Information available on www.universite-lyon.fr and www.lyoncampus.org

All year : CROUS (Centre Rgional des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires, regional student welfare services): 59 rue de la Madeleine, 69007 Lyon, tel +33 472 80 17 70. In addition to its residences, the CROUS also has a genuine accommodation service, collecting offers from private individuals. These offers can be consulted on site or at: www.crous-lyon.fr CRIJ (Centre Rgional dInformation Jeunesse, regional centre for youth information): 10 quai Jean Moulin 69001 Lyon, tel +33 472 77 00 66 www.jnet.org The CCLAJ (Comit Local pour le Logement Autonome des Jeunes 3 rue de l Abb Rozier 69001 Lyon tel 04 72 07 87 17 www.cllaj-rhone-alpes.com Information on all accomodation issues, support and advice And some major websites: www.universite-lyon.fr www.lyoncampus.org www.anil.org - Information on all the legal aspects concerning accomodation: you
will find a list of local agencies on the site.

www.lyoncampus.org/cllaj-logement.pdf - A set of practical advice to search accommodation elaborated by the Cclaj

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The different types of accommodation

University residences: CROUS university residences: The CROUS (Centre rgional des uvres Universitaires et Scolaires, Regional Student Welfare Services) is a State-funded service placed under the responsibility of the Department of Education. Its mission is to improve the living and working conditions of students in higher education establishments. The offers of accommodation range from rooms in residences to F2 type flats (two rooms, kitchen and bathroom). These offers are by far the most interesting in terms of rent! If, however, you will not be staying for the full academic year, and if you are not a grant holder, do not count on finding this type of accommodation! www.crous-lyon.fr Rent prices: from 128 to 305 per month for traditional accommodation Deposit/guarantor: Deposit equivalent to one month of rent plus obligatory guarantor from EU. Temporary or short-term accommodation: no, obligatory 9-month contract for a room and 12-month contract for a T1 (one room, kitchen and bathroom), except during the summer. Reservation from a distance: no On site: you can make your application as soon as you arrive. If there are cancellations, you may find CROUS accommodation. Housing benefits: possible. Private residences They are more expensive and offer a certain number of services (reception, entry phone, common room, cafeteria, laundry, cleaning, parking and so on). Many flats are furnished. For a full list of these residences: www.lyoncampus.org - www.j-net.org - www.universite-lyon.fr Rent prices: from 300 for the T1 to 450/500 for the T2 Deposit/guarantor: one months rent and an obligatory guarantor. If you do not have a guarantor, you can pay the whole years rent in advance. Temporary or short term accommodation: possible, depending on availability Reservation from a distance: if you reserve from abroad, you will be asked to pay two months rent in advance. Useful information can be found on the Adele site www.adele.org. (virtual visit available) Housing benefits: possible. HLM (Habitat loyer modr, accommodation proposed on the basis of social criteria) reserved for students: Two organisations are responsible for these residences. Actually, very few flats are available for students. They can be in rather distant areas, but served by public transport. Axiade Rhne-Alpes: 173 avenue Jean Jaurs 69364 Lyon cdex 07. Rental department: tel +33 472 80 55 19. Furnished and unfurnished flats. Full list available on: http://www.axiade.fr/residences_etudiants.asp Rent prices: on average 300 /month Deposit/guarantor: deposit + one months rent in advance + obligatory guarantor in France Temporary or short-term accommodation: no Reservation from a distance: possible on the site Housing benefits: possible. OPAC reserves certain furnished flats for students. OPAC of Greater Lyon www.opac-grandlyon.com OPAC of the Rhone www.opacdurhone.fr

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OPAC of Villeurbanne www.opacdevilleurbanne.fr Rent prices: on average 300 /months Deposit/guarantor: deposit + one months rent in advance + obligatory guarantor Temporary or short-term accommodation: no Reservation: on site or through an intermediary in Lyon Housing benefits: possible. Hostels: Hostels are denominational or not and are often destined for young workers. They can also, however, accept students. Very often, they are not mixed and there is considerable demand in relation to the places on offer. Foreign interns (on work placement) can also be housed in hostels for relatively short periods, but there are very few places available. For further information, contact each hostel directly. www.lyoncampus.org , www.ufjt.org/menu.htm (search by region, department, town) Rent prices: on average 300 /month Deposit/guarantor: no deposit, one months rent in advance Temporary or short-term accommodation: depending on availabilty. Often closed over the summer (month of August). Reservation: on site or from a distance if the hostel has a web site Housing benefits: possible.

Rental in the private sector: Accommodation can be rented either directly from the owner or through professional agencies (agences or rgies). A few traps you should try to avoid and some useful information: You must never pay any money until the lease has been signed (and for every payment you make, make sure you receive a receipt detailing the nature of the sum paid) You should never pay money to gain access to or obtain a list of rental offers (the list is generally out of date!) It is best if you are on site so you can visit the accommodation. You may be required to make your decision immediately after the visit and be ready to sign the contract. You should therefore have all the necessary documents with you and a cheque book There is a standard rental contract for the duration of a university year that covers all the aspects of the owner-tenant relationship. It can be obtained from the CROUS. Please read it carefully, it will be the only legal document to refer to between you and your owner. Pay attention to items concerning rules for daily life, the notice and the deposit. Once in Lyon you can get very useful information from the CLLAJ, 3 rue Abb Rozier Entre Place du Forez 69001 Lyon Mtro Htle de Ville Tel 04 72 07 87 17

From a distance: Offers from real estate professionals: CNAB: www.cnab.fr; FNAIM: www.fnaim.fr (search by town) Offers from private owners: www.pap.fr (search by administrative departement: 69 and town) www.crous-lyon.fr Offers from professionals and private owners in small ad newspapers www.paruvendu.fr, www.petites-annonces.fr

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On site: free small ad newspapers (le Paruvendu, Top Affaires), agencies and rgies, offers available at the CROUS and the CRIJ Rent prices: very variable, depending on the offers Deposit/guarantor: Via a professionnal: one-year lease and guarantor required, one months rent deposit at least + one months rent payment in advance + fees for the real estate agency (slightly less than one months rent) + inventory and statement of state of repair. Stay at a private individuals or in a family: no fees or inventory and state of repair. Reserving from a distance: you must reach an agreement with the landlord and pay a certain amount in order to ensure the reservation. This is obviously a difficult thing to do if you do not know somebody who can act as an intermediary for the place you want to rent. Housing benefits: the accommodation must be declared and must fulfil the conditions for the housing benefits. Colocation: Very popular among students. It is a means of sharing both a flat and the rent. Each co-tenant is entitled to housing benefits but the lease must mention the names of all people living in the flat. From a distance: www.colocation.fr , www.easycoloc.com, www.kel-Koloc.com On those sites, a large number of updated offers around 2000 as an average but you have to give a phone call , it costs 1,80 , you are given a code and allowed to consult the site the whole day (warning, information for any kind of public) other sites are free such as www.appartager.com, www.recherche-colocation.com and www.colocationfrance.fr, less offers around 300 as an average and for further details consult www.lyoncampus.org On the spot: offers available at the CROUS and the CRIJ.

A few tips concerning short-term and temporary accommodation:

In France, a lease is signed obligatorily for one year and can be renewed. It is very difficult to get round this obstacle. You can, however, sign a lease for one year and, providing that you give three months notice, you can leave earlier. Depending on availability, certain private residences offer rental contracts for periods shorter than a full year. Hostels can offer temporary accommodation with no lease to sign. During the summer: the situation is perhaps easier if you come to Lyon for language courses or a work placement. French students can sub-let their accommodation; there may be places available in the CROUS university residence(s) open over the summer. If not, private hostels and residences may provide you with a solution (see below).

For a short stay (between 2 and 6 months) Le Tamaris, 36 rue des Antonins 69100 Villeurbanne, tel +33 472 73 43 92 13: studio or T2 (two-room) flats (price between 335 and 460 ). Available for short stays from March on. Rsidence La Maison des Etudiants du Rhne , 13 avenue Joannes Masset lyon 9me, tel 00/ 33 4 78 64 66 09. 370 plus electricity. Available from March for four-month stays or longer. Guarantor obligatory or else all rent must be paid in advance.

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In summer: the CROUS University residences can have rooms available. You must send a request by postmail and join a copy of an identity document and a proof of enrolment in a University. Useful sites: www.crous-lyon.fr; www.adele.org For temporary accommodation when you arrive in Lyon: Youth hostels: the one in Vieux Lyon (old town) is in a good location but most often full. Easier to find a few beds available in the one in Vnissieux. It is reasonably well served by public transport. Prices: bed and breakfast: around 15,70 . You can reserve from a distance, the staff can speak several languages. You have to posses the International Youth Hostel Card that costs 10.70 per year. You can stay up to 12 days. You cannot rent for more than 3 nights in a row during the high season. You should not hesitate in booking for the longest you can because the search for permanent accommodation can be very long. Youth hostels are described in more detail on the following site: www.hihostels.com Auberge de jeunesse (youth hostel) du Vieux Lyon 69005 Lyon - Tel +33 478 15 05 50 Auberge de jeunesse in Vnissieux: Tel +33 478 76 39 23 You can sometimes find beds available in sheltered-accommodation hostels (not very comfortable): Aralis (16 shelter-accomodation hostels in the department): 15 rue du Dauphin 69003 Lyon, Tel +33 478 53 40 01 Reception in foreign languages (English, Spanish, German, Turkish, Yugoslavian) For those with a bigger budget: There is an association listing the Bed and Breakfast in Lyon (about 50): tel. 00 33 (0)4 72 32 02 74 Prices: between 22.50 and 47 a night, breakfast included. CISL: 101, boulevard des Etats-Unis, 69008 Lyon tel. 00 (33) 4 37 90 42 42 www.cislyon.com/fr/ Price: 27,30 a night, breakfast included. Le TOTEM: 90 cours Tolsto 69100 Villeurbanne, tel 00 (33) 4 72 65 19 19 Prices: between 17 a night, breakfast included for a single room and 29 for a double room, breakfast included in all cases. Cheap hotels: You can make your choice from no-star or one-star hotels on the site of the tourist information office: www.lyon-france.com/ Prices: between 25 and 50 a night.

Plans to get you by:

You can contact people from the same country or place as yours. The diaspora can help you when necessary. Go to the site of the PUL: www.universite-lyon.fr and on the site of cosmolyon http://fr.groups.yahoo.com/group/cosmolyon/ Some of them are very active, especially for housing problems, for instance AECAL (Association des Etudiants de Langue et Culture Africaine, association for students of African language and culture): aecalite@tiscali.fr

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A short accommodation glossary:

Agency fees (frais dagence or honoraries demanded by agencies and rgies) : In general, the fees are reduced for students but, in certain cases, they can be as much as one months rent. CAF: caisse dallocations familiales (social security office). CC: charges comprises (maintenance costs included) and bathroom Deposit (caution or dpt de garantie): deposit of money corresponding to one or two months rent that must be paid when signing the lease as a form of guarantee. F1, F2, F3: 1, 2, 3 rooms in addition to the kitchen T1,T2, T3: 1, 2, 3 rooms in addition to the kitchen but maybe of a better standard than previously HLM: Habitat Loyer Modr (low-rent, council flats). Guarantor (caution solidaire or garant): person who vouches for the student and who lives in France or in the European Union. Home insurance (assurance habitation): this is obligatory and must cover both your accommodation and third party insurance. Inhabitance tax (taxe dhabitation): this is a local tax that you must pay if you occupy accommodation on 1 January of the tax year taken into account. Ask your lessor if this tax is included in the maintenance costs. CROUS university residences are exempt. Inventory and statement of repair (tat des lieux): this is the description of the state of the accommodation that must be made on your arrival. Do not forget to mention everything that is not in good condition. A second tat des lieux will be made when you leave. Depending on the state in which you leave your flat, you will receive all or part of your deposit. Lease (bail): this is the contract that specifies the rules governing occupation of the accommodation. Lessor (bailleur): the owner of the accommodation or his representative, with whom you sign the lease. Maintenance costs (charges locatives): collective expenses such as the lift and maintenance charges for communal areas, may also include heating, water and inhabitance tax Notice (pravis): before leaving your accommodation, inform your lessor by sending him a registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt in accordance with the delay set in the lease (generally one to three months) Rent (loyer): monthly sum to be paid for occupying your accommodation. Make sure to ask if maintenance costs are included or not. RIB: relev didentit bancaire (official details of your bank account, available from banks) TTC: toutes taxes comprises (all taxes included)

Formalities
Before receiving the acceptance letter from the establishment to which you applied, you should start making preparations for your arrival in Lyon, so check that your passport is valid of if you need a new one, anticipate. The sooner you would have applied for a new one, the better! Dont wait for the acceptance letter! o Passport:

For all the nationals of outside EEE (if you are not from one of the 28 countries of the EEA or from Andorra, Monaco, Switzerland, San Marino, the Holy Siege) a passport is obligatory for entry into France. If you already have one, make sure that its validity will cover at least the minimum period of your planned stay. An identity card is enough for citizens from EEA and Switzerland

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o Visa: For all the nationals of outside EEE (if you are not from one of the 28 countries of the EEA or from Andorra, Monaco, Switzerland, San Marino, the Holy Siege) a visa is mandatory. The nature of the visa depends on the nature of your stay and the length of your stay in France. It costs 99 . To obtain a visa, you must fill out an application form obtained from the French consulate of your home country which will also provide you with the list of documents required. To find out the list of documents you will need as well as how to obtain the application form, visit the web site of the Department of Foreign Affairs: http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/venir/visas/index.html (French, English and Spanish versions) For all study trips of long duration, a long-stay visa marked student is obligatory. Here is a list of visas. Long-stay student visa - 3 up to 12 months

If you come to Lyon to study more than three months, a long-stay visa is necessary. You will need it once arrived in Lyon to obtain your student residence permit from the Prefecture du Rhne. The period of validity of the visa cannot exceed one year, and is renewable after the first year of stay, provided you furnish the necessary documents.. Warning! It is impossible to obtain your residence permit if you are in France with a tourist visa. It is also impossible to apply for a student visa once you are in France. Once you obtained your visa, connect yourself on the website of the Prefecture du Rhne www.rhone.pref.gouv.fr, click on titres de sjour des tduiants trangers: prise de rendez-vous, you get an appointment at the prefecture, and the list of all the necessary documents you have to produce. The sooner you connect yourself, the sooner youll get your appointment! Warning! the day ,the appointment time and the number of the reception desk are indicated on your invitation to the appointment. A tax stamp of 55 Euros will need to be paid when you receive your first temporary student residence permit (except for Algerian citizens). This tax stamp can be bought from newsagents authorised to sell tax stamps. Students making their first application will be invited to an appointment by the Agence Nationale de lAccueil des Etrangers et des Migrations (ANAEM formerly OMI) for the regulatory medical examination: ANAEM, 7 rue Quivogne, 69002 LYON, tel.: 04 72 77 15 40, fax: 04 72 77 15 59 Renewal of the temporary student card the following year requires the student to produce a certificate showing that he or she has been to this medical examination.

Short stay student-competition visa - 3 months If you are required to pass an interview, sit for an examination, entry test, or orientation as part of your admission process, you must then apply for a short stay "student-contest" (visa court sjour tudiants-concours ). This visa is valid for a period of 90 days. In the event that you are successfully admitted to your establishment, you may apply directly for a student residence permit at the Prfecture, without having to return to your home country to obtain a long stay visa. Temporary student visas for stays of up to maximum 6 months 3 to 6 months If the entire duration of your stay in France lasts between 3 and 6 months, you can apply for the temporary student visa, entitling you to remain in France without having to obtain a "student" residence permit.

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Warning! This visa will under no circumstances be converted to a long stay student visa. In the event that you wish to prolong your stay, you will be required to return to your home country and apply for a long stay student visa.

A temporary visa does not entitle you to work, nor to request a work permit, neither to obtain a housing benefit! Long stay student visas for trainees and au pairs/family help - 3 to 12 months If you plan to study in France while working as an au pair, you will require a long stay student visa. You will be required to submit an attestation, engagement daccueil, defined by the Employment Authorities (Direction dpartementale du Travail et de lEmploi), as well as proof of preliminary registration in a French language course.

Health and Insurance


As an international student and under some conditions, you will be allowed to benefit from French social security system and will also have access to the services of Mdecine Prventive Universitaire (university preventive medicine), which is present on all 3-city campuses. MPU Universit Lyon1 : 6 rue de lEmetteur 69100 Villeurbanne Tel : 04 72 44 40 80 MPU Bron Universit Lyon2 : universit Lumire Btiment L, 5 avenue Pierre Mends France, Bron, Tel : 04 78 77 43 10 MPU Lyon 3 : 6 cours Albert Thomas, Btiment EG RdC 69008 Lyon, Tel : 04 78 78 79 83 o Health insurance:

Foreign students have access to the student social security system under the same conditions as French students. That is, - they must be enrolled in a higher education establishment giving access to the student social security system, - be under the age of 28 - and be able to present a document or residence permit showing that their administrative situation is in order. The student social security system is obligatory. It is run by two student complementary health organisations (SMERRA and LMDE), one of which should be selected when you enrol. Affiliation to the social security system takes place when you enrol in a higher education establishment and requires payment of a contribution: 186 for the 2005/2006 academic year. Holders of grants from the French government are exempt. Students in the following cases are also exempt from affiliation to the student social security system, if they are already insured for the entire academic year in their home country : - citizens of the EEA and Switzerland who have either the E128 (or other Exxx) form completed in the students name and stamped in the country of origin,) or now the European Social Security Card or a certificate (in French) showing that they have taken out private insurance and the duration of its validity. - students from Monaco or Quebec who have a standard form. - citizens of countries with a bilateral social security convention (Algeria, Andorra, Cape Verde Islands, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Gabon, Macedonia, Mali, Morocco, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, French Polynesia), aged less than 19 (born before 30/09/86). Social cover runs from 1 October to 30 September. It gives automatic access to the reimbursement of health expenses (maximum 70% of the amount paid on the basis of the tariffs approved by the Department of Health*) and pharmaceutical products (from 40% to

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60% of their cost). Reimbursement of hospital expenses is now possible for 80% to 100% of the amount paid, depending on the severity and duration of the hospitalisation. * The Social Security fixes its approved tariffs. Beyond this tariff, the sum is not subject to reimbursement. The approved tariff for a consultation with a general practitioner, for example, is 20 . o Complementary insurance:

These policies are proposed by the student mutuelles (complementary insurance companies). They complete the reimbursements made by the Social Security and give access to the tiers payant card (which exempts you from paying certain expenses in advance in certain establishments). Contributions per month: from 3,75 to 25,50 , depending on the cover chosen. Taking out insurance with a mutuelle is optional (obligatory only for foreign students who hold French government grants), but strongly recommended. SMERRA, 43, rue Jaboulay, 69007 Lyon www.smerra.fr LMDE 20 rue Franois Garcin 69003 Lyon or 19 rue de Marseille 69007 Lyon www.lmde.fr

Warning: in certain cases, you do not have the right to join the student social security system: You are enrolled in an establishment that does not give you this right (certain establishments proposing courses in French as a foreign language, for example): you must take out health insurance before leaving your country of origin, or take out insurance once in France (the student mutuelles can propose policies). You are over the age of 28: to obtain your student visa, you have to justify of insurance.

Third party and personal accident insurance:

The student mutuelles propose complementary policies for third party risks (that is, damage caused to another person) and personal accident risks (that is, accidents that affect the policy holder), particularly for students who play sport or who travel abroad. Annual contribution: 12 o Repatriation insurance:

It is highly recommended that, before leaving your home country, you take out an insurance policy that would cover your repatriation should you have a serious or long term health problem that would oblige you to return home. o Vaccination

No vaccination is required for France.

Banks:
The currency in France, and in 10 other European countries, is the Euro (). You are advised to open a bank account in France: - if you are a citizen of a country outside the Euro zone, this will save you bank charges (exchange commission, transfer fees) when you take out money or deposit money. - if you are planning to find employment - to receive housing benefits - to receive health payment reimbursements if you are affiliated to the student social security system

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Find out from your own bank if it has branches in France or an agreement with a French bank. All foreigners staying in France for more than three months can open a bank account as a resident. To open a bank account, you will need: An identity card or passport A residence permit (for citizens from outside EEA) Proof of domicile A certificate showing that you are enrolled in a higher education establishment Opening an account will give you access to a cheque book and credit card

Practical information
o Planes and trains:

To reach Lyon by plane: the Saint-Exupry airport is 20 km from the city centre (shuttle buses leave every 20 minutes) www.satobus.com If your plane lands in Paris, you can be in the centre of Lyon in 2 hours by train (called the TGV, Train Grande Vitesse, high speed train) from Charles de Gaulle (Roissy) airport or the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris. If you buy your train ticket in advance, you can get a reduction. Around 70 one-way. To book and buy your train ticket: www.sncf.com You can get a reduced fare by purchasing a ticket called Prems on the site www.sncf.fr o Driving licence:

If you already have a driving licence, it will be valid in France for as long as you are a student (and also for a tourist stay of less than 3 months).Citizens from the European Union can use their driving licence in all other countries in the EU provided that it is valid. Warning: the car rental agencies ask students to be at least 21 year old and to have a driving licence of one year old. Non-Citizens from the European Union will also need an international driving licence. o Climate:

Lyon hasgot a temperate climate, rather cold in Winter (5 as an average in December, January and February) and warm in Summer( more than 20 as an average in July/August). Rain is frequent in April, June, September and November. One counts 180 rainy days per year.

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Check list
For students from the EEA, Andorre, Monaco, Switzerland, San Marino, Saint Siege: your passport or identity card the pre-enrolment certificate from the higher education establishment you will be attending 1 copy of your birth certificate and/or marriage certificate translated into French and certified by an official French service your diplomas and/or certificates showing that you have successfully gained access to University studies in your own country, translated into French and certified by an official French service identity photos identical 3X4cm, taken face on with an uncovered head, on a light background. if you already have an insurance policy: a community social security form ( E128) filled in your name and stamped in your country of origin, or an European Social Security Card or a certificate in French stating that you have private insurance and the duration of the policy.

For students of other nationalities: your passport with a long stay study visa marked student, Dxxx or exam or C visa (students from Switzerland do not need a long stay visa) proof of financial resources the pre-enrolment certificate from the higher education establishment you will be attending 4 copies of your birth certificate, translated into French and certified by an official French service your diplomas and/or certificates showing that you have successfully gained access to University studies in your own country, translated into French and certified by an official French service identity photos (a dozen, including 3 in black and white for your residence permit) identical 3X4cm, taken face on with an uncovered head, on a light background.

Welcome to Lyon!

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MAP OF LYON UNIVERSITY ESTABLISHMENTS

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