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Sciences Po Lyon

The aim of our five-year training programme is to ensure that our students graduate with a clearer understanding of the contemporary world, including its challenges, stakeholders, vulnerabilities, and outlooks for continuous development. We train students to become skilled and effective professionals who can take initiatives and make decisions.

Short Courses

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  • Founded in 1948, Sciences Po Lyon is a public higher education institute specialising in Human and Social Sciences and training future executives in the public and private sectors.
  • Since 2017, Sciences Po Lyon has operated two campuses: the historical campus in Lyon city centre and a second in Saint-Étienne.


Our educational model is similar to that of Anglo-Saxon Schools of Public Affairs or School of Government. Our teaching is fuelled by a constant quest for excellence and cultivates a multi-disciplinary approach in human and social sciences based on four fundamental disciplines: history, law, political science and economy. On top of these, all of our graduates leave with firm understandings of managerial sciences, management, information-communication and, of course, language and civilisation. Their knowledge base is broad and deep.


Research at Sciences Po Lyon is fundamental and serves to feed and develop teaching. The school supervises three research laboratories three research laboratories (Triangle, the Institute of East Asia and ELICO) to which the majority of permanent  teaching and research staff are affiliated.


  • The study programme offered by Sciences Po Lyon allows each student to build a career path in line with his or her ambitions and to develop a personalized professional project.
  • The five years of study are structured around a first multidisciplinary cycle in three years to build the foundation of common knowledge and a second cycle, in two years, of specialization and professionalization including internships.


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Housing services

  • Sciences Po Lyon provides references to find an accomodation in Lyon, but please note that our institute does not inspect any of the accomodation listed on our website and has no affiliation with the properties' owners and their accomodations. 
  • We cannot guarantee their quality, condition and/or compliance with the advertisements. It is therefore your responsibility to visit and inspect the premises.

Library services

  • On the Lyon campus, the library is spread across four floors offering books, services and working areas adapted to the needs of students, teachers and researchers on site. During examination periods, the library also has extended opening times to offer students a setting conducive to revision.

Medical services

  • Students at Sciences Po Lyon can access the Academic Health Service (SSU) at Lumière Lyon 2 University allowing them to consult several specialists (general practitioners, gynaecologists, dieticians, psychologists, etc.) reimbursed by social security.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Located in the heart of the city centre, the Lyon campus spans close to 8,000 m2 on the banks of the river Rhône. This historical site, which used to be home to the Military Health School, hosts the Sciences Po Lyon administrative departments, three large lecture halls, dozens of classrooms, a library and a cafeteria.
  • Opened in September 2017, the Saint-Étienne campus lies in the middle of the Tréfilerie university district in a freshly renovated art deco building in the city centre. In our small-scale academic year groups (50 students per year group), students also have the option of taking combined degrees in Law, Management-Economy and a Contemporary Russia institute diploma.

Sports facilities

  • Specific time is allotted in the curriculum for the first two years at Sciences Po Lyon for sports.
  • Students can also enjoy sport in their own free time thanks to the student sports clubs. The sports association (Bureau des Sports) offers a host of sports including tennis, basketball, dancing, cheerleading, badminton, athletics, etc. 
  • The GPRC, Dragones FC and SPLH associations are women's rugby, football and handball teams at Sciences Po Lyon.

Student clubs

  • Many students at Sciences Po Lyon enjoy taking part in the fifty or so student associations hosted on campus. This voluntary commitment allows the entire student community to benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities, whether on or off campus, at Lyon and Saint-Étienne.
  • All of these associations are governed by the 1901 Act and offer representatives the chance to take on responsibilities in event organisation and association management, and even consultancy for companies or local authorities.

Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France


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