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Catholic University of Lyon (UCLY)

The Catholic University of Lyon was founded in 1875 and combines respect for Christian heritage with a spirit of openness.

Master's Programmes



With its location at the heart of a regional capital, its close ties to business and strong international links, it seeks to promote academic excellence, creativity and integrity.It has 5 faculties :

  • Theology and Religious Sciences
  • Philosophy and Human Sciences
  • Law, Economics and Social Sciences
  • Language and Literature
  • Science

The Catholic University of Lyon is a member of the University of Lyon

The Catholic University of Lyon has :

  • 5 faculties
  • 5 vocational schools
  • 15 education and research units
  • 10,000 students and auditors, including 2,100 international students
  • 200 permanent lecturers
  • 160 administrative and technical staff

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Student services

UCLy’s buddy program helps international students deal with language barriers and cultural differences, and establish social contacts while offering both international and French students an opportunity to have a multi-cultural college experience. French students interested in language and culture will be paired with an incoming international student and will help them, upon arrival, settle into life in Lyon. Lodging, food, administrative procedure, etc.

Housing services

The University's Accommodation Service can help you look for a room, studio or flat in Lyon. It can also arrange for you to stay in the Catholic University of Lyon student residences or with a host family. There are several options:

  • Saint-Bernard House
  • Saint-Laurent House
  • Lodging with a host family
  • ESDES inter-générations

Library services

A university library and a document resource centre with over 250,000 publications.

ICT services

Multimedia rooms and WiFi on both campuses

Medical services

In France, state health insurance covers most (around 70%) of your health and hospitalisation costs: this is known as 'social security'. Social security does not cover all healthcare costs, so it is advisable take out a policy with an insurance company who will reimburse the rest of the costs. 

Student Life

Campus life

  • UCLy has two campus in the center of Lyon : Carnot campus and Saint-Paul campus.
  • Lyon was capital of the Gauls under the Roman Empire, a great cultural and trading centre during the Renaissance and a powerful industrial city in the 19th century. It is now a major European metropolis, shaped by many influences through the ages.
  • Lyon's rich cultural heritage reflects the various eras of the city's development, from ancient times to the Renaissance era up to modern age.
  • The whole city centre is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the largest urban area in the world (with 500 hectares) to receive this title.

Sports facilities

Aerobics, athletics, rowing, climbing, riding and football...Around twenty sporting activities are available all year round, regardless of your level and whether it's just for fun or competitive (at regional and inter-regional university championships, national or even international competitions).