As the second ranking city in France as regards the number of students, Lyon totals 163,000 students, of which 16,000 are international students. Located at the heart of Europe, Lyon offers a quality of life with all assets of a big City while preserving a community-based approach fostering exchanges. Sports events and an exceptional cultural environment, a variety of night life and thousands of renowned restaurants. Lyon is part of UNESCO’s world heritage with two thousand years of history: the Gallo-Roman site on the Fourvière hill and the Notre Dame basilica, the Mediaeval and Renaissance district of the old town, the Croix-Rousse hill known for its industrial heritage around silk; the 19th century commercial district Presqu’île and the brand new Confluence district. A strategic geographic position: only 2 hours by train from Paris, 1.5 hours by train from the Mediterranean coast and 1 hours from the great alpine locations.

Sciences Po - Lyon

Sciences Po Lyon, founded in 1948 and also known as Institut d'Études Politiques de Lyon (Lyon Institute of Political Studies) is an undergraduate and graduate school of public affairs and international relations with a five-year degree that combines a Bachelor and a Masters.


After five years of study, Sciences Po Lyon awards its diploma, equivalent to a MA grade, focusing on four academic sectors: public affairs, international affairs, urban and territorial affairs, communication. Closely tied to the French training model of public and private elites conducted by the “Grandes écoles”, its education model resembles those of the Anglo-Saxon Schools of Public Affairs or Schools of Government.

Admission to the school is conditional upon passing a national competitive examination which is organized in common with six other Institutes of Political Studies, in Aix-en-Provence, Lille, Rennes, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Strasbourg and Toulouse. Only the top 10% of the candidates are admitted. There are two other specific examinations to enter directly into year 2 or 4, in the latter case for a Master’s program.

Sciences Po Lyon has a total of approximately 1800 students and about 60 permanent faculty and 300 part-time faculty and experts in its five year curriculum. It also welcomes every year approximately 250 international students at both graduate and undergraduate levels and 12 international visiting faculty coming from all continents.

As a member of the University of Lyon, Sciences Po Lyon draws on its close ties with other schools and universities in the greater Lyon area to develop joint programs, together with research and teaching collaboration.

Master in Public Policies and Government

The Master in Public Policies and Government offers exchange opportunities for students of partner universities in two areas:

  • Policy analysis and comparative public policies

  • Evaluation and monitoring of policies and programmes


As far as evaluation is concerned, a part of the training is delivered in English and English can be used as the active language. Students however need to use French as a passive language (listening and reading).


  • Sciences Po Lyon can host a max. of 2 students per year from its partner institutions.

  • Incoming students can only be hosted during the first semester.

  • A part of the training is delivered in English and English can be used as the active language. Students however need to use French (listening and reading), at least Upper Intermediate – B2 Level

  • General information for incoming and outgoing students can be found here.


Contact persons:
Nicolas Sublieau
Coordinator MA Evaluation and monitoring of policies and programmes


Sciences Po Lyon
14 avenue Berthelot
Lyon Cedex 07, 69365