Study French in France, at Institut Lyonnais

The Institute

French school

We teach French language to foreign students (French For Foreigners) and prepare them for the diplomas of CIEP (Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques.

The courses are provided throughout the calendar year:

  • in initial and further training
  • day or night
  • in small groups or private lessons
  • at the Institute's premises, at the learner's premises or at the employer's premises

For the employees, in continuing education and with the Compte Personnel de Formation (CPF, formerly DIF, Droit Individuel à la Formation), courses are organized as internships or a la carte for knowledge development and revision programme.

Examination centre

As an examination centre, we organize the exams of Sorbonne, CCIP, TCF (Test de Connaissance du Français) and TEF (Test d’Évaluation en Français).

And more…

In addition to the French courses, we propose specialized workshops and exam trainings, cultural, sport and festive activities, excursions and organized visits.

Located in the center of the city, Institut Lyonnais is easy to reach. Train, subway, bus, tramway and shuttle-bus from the airport are in the immediate vicinity as well as university residences and the accommodations proposed to the students.

The Institut Lyonnais is located in the city center, in a student district
very accessible by public transport and close to all amenities


Relaxation area

Food and beverage dispensers

Lyon, the ultimate student city

At the heart of Europe

Remarkably well-situated between two rivers, the Rhône and the Saône, and two hills, Fourvière and the Red Cross, Lyon is the second largest city in France. Major urban projects show its dynamism. However, it is aerated by many parks and green areas and crisscrossed by a dense and modern public transportation system.

Lyon has a unique place in Europe. It is located at 2 hours from Paris, Geneva, the Alps (the world biggest ski area) and the Mediterranean sea.

Le Rhône à Lyon
Photo credits: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

Historical and tourist city

Lyon is the second tourist city of France with 6 million tourists a year. Capital city of the Gauls at the age of the Roman Empire, major center of culture and trading during the Renaissance, powerful industrial hub in the nineteenth century, Lyon has become a major European city.

Lyon has a wonderful heritage, which covers all periods from antiquity to the present day: Roman theater of Fourviere and the amphitheater of three Gauls, Vieux Lyon deemed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, picturesque streets and buildings with their architecture and their "traboules" (ancient skywalks). From Notre Dame de Fourviere, a vast panorama encompassing the entire city can be seen by the visitor who, in good weather, can even see Mont Blanc in the distance. Delightful tours are available to those who take a boat on the Saone and the Rhone, or to those simply going through the surrounding countryside, the Monts d'Or, the Monts du Lyonnais, and Beaujolais nearby.

Gourmet city

Lyon is famous for its cuisine and its many and varied restaurants.  It was named "World Capital of Gastronomy" (Curnonsky). The famous vineyards of Beaujolais are right at the doorstep of the city. The nearby villages of Charolais and Dombes provide meat and fish.

Cultural and university city

Many events, sometimes international in scope, are held in the city: the Festival of Lights every December 8th, the Nights of Fourvière (music, dance, theater and cinema festival), the Lumière Festival (in honnour of the Lyon inventors of cinema which rewards every year the major names of the cinema: Clint Eastwood, Gérard Depardieu, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodóvar…), the Biennial Dance Festival and the Biennial Contemporary Art Festival.

The library of Part-Dieu is the biggest municipal library of France with 1.8 million items. The city still has, in addition to an outstanding contemporary art museum, a large number of individual museums.

Theaters, auditoriums, the National Conservatory of Music, the National Orchestra of Lyon, the National School of Fine Arts, and the Guignol itself still contribute to the international reputation of the city.

The three universities and institutions of higher education in the metropolitan area have about 126,000 students. Lyon is the second largest student city in France.

Lyon depuis Fourvière

Photo credits: Serge Vincent

Sport city

Lyon has 550 sport clubs, 48 gymnasiums, 28 stadiums et 56 sport fields.

The Stade de Gerland, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage, is well-known by football fans to host regularly up to 44,000 spectators for the matches of Olympique Lyonnais (OL), seven-time France champions. Nevertheless, after 2016, OL will play its matches in the future Stadium of the Lights which will host up to 58,000 spectators. This stadium will also host some of the UEFA Euro 2016 games which will take place in France.

The Astroballe is a stadium of 5,500 seats where there are the matches of ASVEL, Tony Parker's club and Lyon - Villeurbanne basketball team.

You can also follow the rugby games of Lyon Olympique Universitaire (LOU) at the Matmut Stadium.

The Sports Hall offers 6,500 seats nearby the Stade de Gerland for other sport events.

The Charlemagne ice rink has 4,200 seats to watck ice skating spectacles and competitions. It is where Lyon Hockey Club plays its games. There is a second one: the Baraban ice rink.

Lyon has multiple other sports places like calisthenics, tennis, volley-ball skateboarding, climbing or accrobranche.

Further more, every Friday evening, the Générations Roller association organizes roller skating tours accross the city.

Active city

Many companies representating all sectors of economic activities are located in Lyon: Bio Mérieux, Sanofi Pasteur, Mérial, Boiron and the Jean Mérieux P4 Laboratory (dedicated to the study of class 4 viruses) in the pharmaceutical domain, Atari and EA Games for video games, Renault Trucks for the automotive industry, Euronews pour the medias... Part-Dieu is the second French business center after la Défense in Paris and the biggest shopping center in a downtown area in Europe according to the number of shops.

Lyon is a city of various facets and multiple assets!