A business school committed to emergence of a responsible economy within a globalized and numeric world. Its research and original positioning cause a distinctive training brand of “responsible manager-entrepreneur” by esdes. The business school was born within the Catholic University of Lyon (UCLy) and is a member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles (CGE).

Top reasons to study here

  • Integrated into the new campus, which has 10,000 students and 200 teachers, ESDES offers a student life rich in diversity and culture.
  • ESDES has a strong priority to research in corporate and social responsibility and has produced significant work in the field of Social Responsibility Ethics.
  • ESDES’s mission is, “through Education and Research”, to stimulate students to innovate and become a manager or an entrepreneur.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (5)
Law (1)



Created nearly 30 years ago in the Catholic University of Lyon (UCLy), ESDES developed the first university in Lyon in compliance with the humanistic values of this great, 140 year old university. 


Integrated into the new campus, which has 10,000 students and 200 teachers, ESDES offers a student life rich in diversity and culture, and one that is multidisciplinary: law, economics, science, humanities, social sciences, etc. 

It is fertile ground for educational collaborations and research work, intersecting science and humanities, which notably allows for the creation of joint training courses, such as "Business and Law" and "Philosophy and Management" for constructing professional profiles that are open to the new challenges of business development.


Research effort has been organized along three consistent axes at the junction of management, economics, human and social sciences. They feed the curriculum, provide students with insight (through case studies and textbooks), and enable them to take a more critical view of the many societal challenges arising from the transformation of the economy.


The purpose of the STUDENT LAB service is to help the student in his individual career pathing and personal development in the school program for implementing their Professional Success Pathway (PSP). Integrated into the curriculum, it unfolds in conjonction with academic acquisition and skill development, allowing them to acquire those skills through experimentation. The STUDENT LAB combines company relations services, internships and insertion, social life, and certain Alumni network activities.


Student services

Our university’s Student Service Office is available to help students arrange suitable housing, but as the demand far outnumbers the supply, students will be best served by familiarizing themselves with the various options and making contact early. It is a good idea to reflect on which situations might suit a student’s personal lifestyle. Due to the restricted number of accommodations available, the Student Service office will do their best to match the student’s first choice with the spots available.

Housing services

Accommodations found through the Student Service Office only require a one month notice before the end of your studies at ESDES Business School.

Once a student is accepted at ESDES, s/he can apply for housing by sending a request email to the Student Service office. 

Library services

ESDES has a library for its students.

Student Life

Campus life

In July 2015, ESDES moved to the brand new campus. The former prison of Lyon was transformed to the high-tech equipped university campus Saint Paul. The campus is ideally located in the city center of Lyon. 35 000 sq. m includes:

  • Amphitheaters
  • IT department and computer rooms
  • Educational Facilities
  • Exposition halls
  • Student’s Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Student’s Facilities
  • Library
The Lyon Catholic University has a second campus located 10 minutes by walk from campus Saint Paul. 

Student clubs

The International Student Club is a group of French students putting effort into welcoming and integrating foreign students in the « Lyon way of life ». We are a cohesive and dynamic team that always tries to challenge ourselves by organizing original and attractive events. Our main aim is to welcome and help international students in their daily life.

If you would like to take part in an association, there are a number of different student associations at ESDES which are open to International students:

  • International Students Club
  • Hand'joy
  • Boutique ESDES
  • Oxygène
  • UAE
  • BDE Hit The Road
  • BDS What The Fox
  • AIM
  • Ski Club
  • Showbise


The school is currently engaged in the process of acquiring international accreditations like AACSB.

Student Reviews

The courese were good but unfortunately we were not mixed wi...
Anonymous rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
the courese were good but unfortunately we were not mixed with local students so that it is really hard to get in contact with them. The international students had teir own clases. Most of them are in english. Some you can choose in French and there is an additonal language courses for all students of 6 different levels.
As abovementioned there is great variety of courses offered ...
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
As abovementioned there is great variety of courses offered at Esdes. There are some courses in English and some in French. Most courses are teached in a very good level.