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At EKLYA School of Business we made the choice to organize all incoming semester or seminar mobility for students from our partner institutions in classes held in English. At the same time we insist on the discovery of French culture, society and economy and on the acquisition of survival skills in French.

Francophone students from other countries can fully integrate our bachelor and master programs in the first year and in the 3rd year for some bachelor programs.. They will have to follow the normal admission procedures presented on the EKLYA website with an interview organized at distance. A certain number of our programs are work-study programs. To be able to integrate a work-study program, a first year in a full study program is required.

Combining modules in English from the 3rd year of our bachelor in business development and from the first year of our Master ‘Manager of International Business Development’ we offer a package program specialized in International Business. Through this program, normally organized from September to December, students from our partner institutions can validate 30 ECTS credits and obtain, in one semester, an International Business Certificate from EKLYA.   

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the fall semester 2020 session is maintained and we organize a supplementary session between January and April 2021 (10 participants minimum).                                     

The International Business Certificate program is organized in three blocks  :

  • A first block reserved to foreign students to discover France and its language at least on a survival level with field visits in and around Lyon. The French language program can be adapted if students already have basic knowledge in French.
  • A core block with modules in international business and business English, where the foreign students are integrated in courses held in English for our local students
  • An international business project carried out by the foreign students in small groups tutored by EKLYA academic staff

For several years EKLYA School of Business and Technologies has been organizing international seminars held in English with a duration between one and three weeks for students of partner higher education institutions in and outside of Europe.

Seminar weeks are organized every year in November for German students of the Berufsakademie in Leipzig to offer them an intensive immersion into the culture and the economy of France and Lyon with a focus on intercultural differences and one day of problem based learning (usually in a Business Game set-up) in group work together with French students.

We also organized more specialized seminar weeks for international partners, such as seminars on the luxury and fashion business in France for partner universities in England and in Spain.

Since 2016, EKLYA gained a significant experience in longer 3-week workshop-seminars organized for students of universities in the Daegu region in South Korea under the leadership of our partner Keimyung University. These longer seminars called « Global Living Lab » and financed by the Korean LINC+ program help Korean students from different faculties to gain Global skills. The seminars are focussing on Problem/Project Based Learning (PBL) in student groups with a social, environmental or entrepreneurial problem subject chosen by EKLYA and validated by LINC+. The students have to be motivated by the challenge to find viable solutions to the problem subject.

The 3-week Global Living Lavb program comprises 2 phases :

Week 1: introductory phase in plenary sessions and excursions

  • Understanding of French and European culture and society
  • Acquisition of survival skills in French
  • visits/excursions and team building

Week 2 and 3: project phase in group work with lectures, field visits and tutoring

  • Understanding the problem and establishing the project plan
  • Elaborating and finalizing the project according to the plan
  • Final presentation of the project outcomes in front of an assessment committee

In the coming years, EKLYA wants to further develop tailor-made international seminars on varied topics and in different formats corresponding to our partner universities’ needs.

The international department monitors the admission and integration of all international students at EKLYA and the exchanges with the sending partner institutions abroad.  Prior to the mobility we give all incoming students full information to facilitate academic and practical integration. The international department deals with the admission of international students and provides logistic help for example in visa and administrative procedures.

The following link to the EKLYA WELCOME GUIDE will give you detailed academic and practical information with many useful links.

Link to EKLYA WELCOME GUIDE (available in September 2020)

Social integration is essential for the success of incoming mobility and the best way to ensure social integration is the participation and engagement of our local students. At EKLYA we set up a student buddy system to accompany each incoming international student in his integration at EKLYA but also in the student life in Lyon. The international club of the students’ union will recruit and pilot the student buddies. The international department will also cooperate with the international student club for the welcoming of larger student groups from one of our partner institutions. During short duration seminars the club will be able to organize a common buffet-lunch shared with EKLYA students and a tour through Lyon or an evening activity.

5 good reasons to choose Lyon to study

  1. 1st French student Metropolis with more than 150,000 students, 10% of whom are international students
  2. BEST student city in France for the second consecutive year (Elected by the newspaper « L’Etudiant »
  3. Ideal location in the heart of France and Europe:  the main European capitals in less than 2 hours, 115 destinations from Lyon Saint Exupéry airport, fast TGV train links to Paris and Barcelona
  4. An exceptional quality of life : unique heritage, world-renowned gastronomy, half way between mountains and sea
  5. 1st business-friendly city in France with headquarters of major companies : Renault Trucks, Sanofi Pasteur, Groupe SEB, BioMérieux, Boiron, Manitowoc, GL Events, Euronews,…

5 good reasons to study at EKLYA

  1. A school of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lyon Metropole in the heart of the economic world with a strong company partner network
  2. Specialised for more than 30 years in marketing, sales and business development programs
  3. Ahuman-scaled environment where students have a privileged relationship with the pedagogic teams
  4. Teaching methods focussing on practical skills and professional relevance with regular internship periods
  5. Renowned partners in higher education such as EM Lyon and IAE Lyon