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The Université de Lyon has implemented an international strategy based on its ability to perform as a globally connected Lyon Saint-Étienne site, recognized worldwide for its focus on higher education and research. This strategy enhances the international visibility and attractiveness of the Université de Lyon for researchers and students with high academic skills and incites them to pursue their studies and career in our academic institutions.

Conducted mainly through the IDEXLYON program, our international strategy is based on three pillars: the International Alliance of the Université de Lyon, Espace Ulys and the Institute for Advanced Studies (Collegium de Lyon).

The International Alliance

The International Alliance is an initiative to foster international cooperation, created by the Avenir Lyon Saint-Étienne Program (PALSE) of the Université de Lyon, and now conducted through the IDEXLYON program. Comprising a dozen universities located in 5 geographic zones, the International Alliance seeks to construct an integrated platform for higher education and research.
For further information on the International Alliance please visit our dedicated page

Espace Ulys

Espace Ulys consists of a dynamic team of people fully dedicated to welcome and support international researchers and their families in the Lyon Saint-Étienne area. Espace Ulys helps them settle in at their arrival and deal with administrative matters throughout their stay.
For further information on Espace Ulys please visit our website

Institute for Advanced Studies (Collegium de Lyon)

The goal of the Institute for Advanced Studies is to create a scientific community based on a culture of excellence promoting the exchange of ideas and practices between different research areas, cultures and languages.

For further information on the Collegium de Lyon please visit our website


International Relations department

Key figures

> 12,600 international students

> 171 international training programs and joint-degrees

> 15 associated international laboratories

> 4 joint research units

> 460 international joint PhDs