ESDES Lyon Business School

ESDES Lyon Business School

ESDES Lyon Business School is a top business and management school and member of the Conférence des Grandes Écoles (CGE). Based on the Anglo-Saxon model, ESDES is a business school at the heart of a large university: UCLy (Lyon catholic university). 

Top reasons to study here

  • The School is AACSB Accredited, and the Master in Management is EFMD accredited.
  • The School forges partnerships with all the important companies and professional networks: MEDEF, CPME, DCF...
  • ESDES' teaching model is based on 3 central themes: engagement, teamwork and experience (internships and work-study programs).



For the past 30 years, ESDES has been preparing students and professionals, through education and research, to create sustainable value, in order to create a responsible economy in a globalized and digital world. Through this commitment, ESDES contributes to the emergence of a responsible economy driven by its employees, partners, alumni and students.


The full-time faculty is organized into 5 departments, covering the teaching areas of the different ESDES programs. They teach in all the programs, with courses ranging from introduction to the subject all the way to advanced, for example in the Master's level MasterClasses (optional courses, closely related to the experts' research work).


Institute of Sustainable Business and Organizations (ISBO) constitutes the pole 8 of the UCLy Research Unity.The cluster's research addresses major social and management issues, in response to ESDES' mission: to prepare students and professionals, through Education and Research, to create sustainable value in order to foster the emergence of a responsible economy in a globalized and digital world. The general theme that unites the work of our researchers is Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability (ERS).

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Housing services

Like many dynamic cities, Lyon offers numerous choices of accommodation suitable for an array of different budgets. Rent in Lyon varies widely depending on the type of accommodation a student is seeking. 

ESDES has signed a partnership with private residences in order to provide quality accommodation for international students. This is an exclusive offer for all admitted and registered degree-seeking students. More information will be given to future students in the acceptance pack.

Medical services

French Social Security health cover is mandatory for all students under the age of 28 and covers a certain percentage of medical expenses. This health cover is free of charge and upon arrival, during check-in, ESDES will provide you with the necessary information to apply.

Student Life

Campus life

The Catholic University of Lyon (UCLy) has 2 campuses located 10 minutes’ walk from each other: Carnot campus and Saint Paul campus.

ESDES, The Business School of UCLy, is located on the Saint Paul campus, right in the heart of Lyon, and is easily accessible by public transport.

Student clubs

The International Students Club (ISC) is a group of students who welcome and integrate international students to the "Lyon way of life". ISC is a friendly and dynamic team that helps provide basic information before students’ arrival and during their stay in Lyon, such as setting up a bank account, transport card and helping with administrative duties and overcoming language barriers.


AACSB Accredited 

EFMD Accredited for Master in Management

Student Reviews

I'm looking forward to accomplish my career, I want to be successful and recognised person ,I want to make change
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It was based on courses ,we didn't use technology a lot ,there's no innovation in our studying

Master Student Life
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

ESDES Business School offering different programs for any interested person. Good professionals teaching and guiding students throug out their journey.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I loved the university because of the student diversity and the way of teaching.

Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France

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