International students

France is ranked as the 7th host country for foreign students. Every year, 35% of our students come from all over the world to join our outstanding training courses. Institut Lyfe (formerly Institut Paul Bocuse) promotes multiculturalism as a source of knowledge, diversity, openness, and innovation. People from 72 nationalities study at our campus, giving the various year groups and courses a truly international culture.

Studying and living in Lyon also means enjoying the richness of its heritage and culture! Lyon is recognised as THE world capital of gastronomy. It offers a multitude of activities and is an ideal location from which to discover France and Europe.

International students, welcome to your home from home!

Our International Student Affairs (ISA) team is at your disposal to help you with everything as soon as you arrive. Our goal is to facilitate your integration and help you settle into your new environment in as quickly and smoothly as possible, so that you can enjoy your experience at Institut Lyfe to the full.

  • We provide comprehensive pre-arrival support to international students, including information on visa procedures, accommodation options, and cultural orientation.
  • Students are connected with mentors or peers support to help ease the transition in a Lyon, France.
  • Upon arrival, you will participate in a dedicated pre-start seminar that introduces you to the campus facilities, academic resources, and student services available. This includes cultural workshops, conferences and team building, to get to know each other and discover the different aspects of French culture.
  • We organize cultural excursions, language exchange programs, and international food festivals to promote cross-cultural understanding and integration and explore nearby attractions to enrich your French cultural experience

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Want to learn the French language? We offer courses in partnership with the Alliance Française in Lyon and Inflexyon.


Did you know? Institut Lyfe has been awarded “Welcome to France” certification in recognition of the quality of its international student experience and actively participates in the Campus France network to offer the best possible welcome to all of its students.Campus France Labellabel campus France


The ISA office will help and support you in all your administrative formalities:

  • To obtain your visa or residence permit, for non-European students: as soon as your admission to Institut Lyfe is confirmed, we offer a personalised service to help organise your move to Lyon. We will also assist you in the formalities to be achieved with the OFII and the Rhône Prefecture. Want to learn more about obtaining a visa or residence permit? Visit the website
  • Completing healthcare formalities with the social security agency, which covers healthcare expenses and guarantees access to medical treatment. Our campus team will assist you in obtaining appropriate health cover and advise you on the best supplementary cover if necessary.
  • Banking, to open an account in France which allows for payment of your bills, reimbursement of medical expenses, and payment of wages. Our banking partners will be happy to advise you.
  • For your housing assistance applications in order to benefit from an allowance to help with the cost of rent (CIF).

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