Moving to Lyon and its region is choosing one of the most attractive European metropolises. A destination that is competitive and open to the world, each year Lyon attracts more and more students, companies, and talents.
The second largest metropolitan area in France, Lyon has a population of 2.1 million, including one third under the age of 20. Lyon has achieved that rare status of a major European metropolis which offers all the advantages of a big city in terms of housing, shops and transportation, while still preserving the excellent quality of life of a smaller town.
The 2000 year old historic center is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site; artistic creativity thrives and cultural activities abound all year round. The Festival of Lights illuminates the city every December and in the springtime, the “Festival des Nuits Sonores” has Lyon dancing to the sounds of the latest electronic music. During the summer, the Vienne Jazz Festival and the “Nuits de Fourvière” concert series give a foretaste of the upcoming vacation period. Lyon truly offers a wide palette of cultural events of international standing.
Lyon’s fine cuisine is an integral part of the local way of life. The capital of French gastronomy, the city offers a choice between the popular charm of its famous “bouchon” bistros, the refined elegance of its two-and-three-star gourmet restaurants, and the warm lively atmosphere of its open-air markets.
Lyon’s wonderful location at the heart of Europe makes travelling easy to do during a semester at CEFAM. Lyon is on average 1 ½ hours away from all the major European metropolises, including Barcelona, Milan, Turin, and Geneva, thanks to an exceptional air, road, and rail transportation network (3 TGV ‘bullet train’ stations). The train network puts Lyon at 1 hour and 50 minutes from Paris, and 5 hours from London by Eurostar.
Study abroad students at CEFAM typically use their weekends to travel to Paris, the French Riviera, or the Alps and plan longer trips during their semester break.
Popular destinations include London, Barcelona, Rome, Brussels, and of course Munich for the famous “Oktober Fest”!
Students are reminded, however, not to make any definitive travel plans until after receiving their finalized class schedule for the semester.