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emlyon business school (Master level)

emlyon business school is a French private state-approved institution of higher education founded in 1872. The School hosts 9,050 students representing 125 nationalities in undergraduate and postgraduate programs, along with nearly 6,900 participants in executive education programs. The school has a significant international presence; it draws on a network of 200 international academic partners and leads a community of 41,700 alumni in 130 different countries.

emlyon business school is part of the 1% of business schools with triple international accreditations by AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA, and ranks amongst the world-class business schools: #7 Global – FT Masters of Management Ranking, #10 – FT European Business School Ranking, #2 France – TimesHigherEducation Employability Ranking, Happy at School 2023: #3 French business school for the best student experience.

Our courses are offered in English and delivered by renowned international Professors.
Our Faculty is specialized in 7 disciplinary groups:

  • Law, Management & Social Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Strategy & Organizations
  • Accounting and Corporate Finance
  • Operations, Data & Artificial Intelligence
  • Quantitative Finance & Economics

A new downtown Lyon Campus opens to all incoming students in September 2024. A state-of-the-art campus in the city center meeting the highest standards in sustainable construction, digitally connected and offering next-generation hybrid tools and innovation in the classrooms, library and maker’s lab. The campus is designed as a living framework to study, gather, and enjoy student life while being open and accessible to the community.

Lyon is the second largest city in France, the capital of French gastronomy, UNESCO world heritage site, and voted the most attractive city in France. It’s central in France and offers easy access to Europe. It is 2 hours distance by train from Paris, South of France, Italy or Switzerland, and with worldwide airport connections.


  • France

Top choice for

Entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainability.


  • Lyon

Campus location

Main campus

Language prerequisites


united-kingdom (2)

CEFR level


Accepted certificates

IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge, Duolingo, or equivalent language test score, Native language, Home institution language certificate, Graduated or currently studying in a program taught in English

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Founding year


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Accommodation details

It may be difficult to find accommodation, especially in a large student city like Lyon. However, there are several options for students.

emlyon does not offer on-campus accommodation. However, we have partnered with residences around the campus and in the city to provide options for students. Moreover, you can benefit from the student housing financial aid in France. Check your CAF eligibility.

You can find housing tips, housing financial aid, and our residence partners here.

Fall semester application deadline

May 31, 2024

Spring semester application deadline

October 31, 2023

Cost of living

1100 €/month

Major expenses

Average living expenses in Lyon:
€1100/month – including accommodation, food, books, clothes, local travel and spending money.

Visa and immigration

Incoming students must apply for a student visa on their own before arriving in France. Official documents needed for the visa application will be provided by emlyon. Please note it’s recommended to apply for a visa 3 months in advance, and we recommend you apply for a student long-stay visa called Visa D-VLS-TS.

More information here.

Social and extracurricular activities

Sports: The Sports Center offers, organizes, and manages competitive university-level sports for more than 50 teams to students across all campuses; we aim to attract and support talent at all stages of life with made-to-measure provisions. Elite sportsmen and women will receive support from a dedicated team through custom-made blended learning courses, enabling them to embark on academic learning alongside their sports careers.

Makers’ lab: emlyon makers’ lab is a dedicated open working place for action learning based on the fab lab model.

Students will have access to: Hardware resources, including 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl printers, computers, Arduinos Raspberry Pi, soldering shop, learning resources to gain innovation & creativity skills and learn how to prototype, and a dedicated team to support students in their learning experience.

We aim to help students discover new technologies and skills, like 3D printing or Artificial Intelligence, understand the fundamentals of the challenges, and use them for their own projects. During our workshops and courses, students prototyped artificial hands, websites, mobile apps, chatbots, arcade games, intelligent furniture, blind sticks, drawing robots, connected lights, drones, and more, while learning new skills.

Student life & associations: Campus life is important at emlyon, and we have over 30 different student associations, including an active international student association that helps incoming students, includes them in a buddy system, organizes events, outdoor activities, cultural visits, or teaches French. Find more about our student associations.

We organize a freshman’s week to welcome all the new emlyon students and incoming students for the fall and spring semesters.

Here are some of the student events organized during the year:

  • Fab lab design competition
  • Welcome weekend
  • Sports integration day
  • Cultural days
  • Spartan Race
  • Talents show
  • Christmas gala
  • Buddy event
  • Ski weekend
  • Sports competition
  • Human bootcamp (outdoor activities)
  • Speech contest
  • Winter and Summer Gala

Financial support

150€ per month for your housing rental (APL)
Financial support is offered by: CAF

You can benefit from the student housing financial aid in France. Check your CAF eligibility.


Why choose emlyon business school (Master level)?

• Brand new campus in downtown Lyon, one of the top student city in France

• Large catalogue of electives delivered in English with specializations in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability

• Vibrant student life and associations, and large number of international students

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Subjects available

  • 📊 Accounting & Finance
  • 📈 Business & Management Studies
  • 💹 Economics & Econometrics

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