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5 French Language Schools in Lyon - Ranking 2023

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5 Best language schools in Lyon (ranked based on student reviews)

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How our students rated their experience in Lyon

4.6

Rating: 0.0/5.0

Overall attractiveness of Lyon
202 authentic ratings from students who reserved a course with us in Lyon
Nightlife

Rating: 3.9/5.0

3.9
Friendliness of locals

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Interesing things to do

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Geographic setting

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Public transport

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Climate

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Cleanliness

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1
Affordability

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1
Shopping

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Safety

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4

What our students said about Lyon

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Lyon is a 'young' city with a high proportion of students. The people overall are very friendly and relaxed, even if I disregarded the traffic rules (no honking). A good mix of representative districts with stately houses and many small galleries, shops, cafes, bistros ... A little more cleanliness with regard to dog poo would make the city even more lovable.

Helga
Germany

Rating: 5/5

5.0

I primarily enjoyed the park, it is really beautiful and definitely something you have to see, the old parts of the city and the big paintings on many buildings are also really beautiful.

Malte
Germany

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Hard to give accurate picture since the city was quite empty of locals - a great many people had gone on holiday and many venues/shops/museums were closed.

Rose
France

Rating: 4/5

4.0

My mobile phone was stolen. Therefore, one should think carefully about which neighbourhoods of the city one spends time in.

Johannes
Germany

Rating: 5/5

5.0

A very dynamic city with a lot of young people. We were served very friendly everywhere (restaurant, supermarket, shops...).

Brigitte
Switzerland

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Better than Paris because it is more compact. Lots of young people

Cornelia
Germany

Rating: 4/5

4.0

I like Lyon, have been there several times and will go back again

Gabriela
Germany

Rating: 5/5

5.0

A very beautiful city with very friendly, easy-going people

Ilse
Germany

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Lyon

France Langue

Competent and very friendly teaching staff, well-designed lessons.

9 September 2022
Course: Standard Programme - 2 weeks
Student age: 50 years

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 12 reviews
Lyon Bleu International

I really enjoyed learning the language, good and friendly teachers and a very nice Host family (Janine) and the fact, that you made sure, that you will be in a class with students which are as good (or bad) as you are.

5 September 2022
Course: Intensive French Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 18 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 187 reviews
France Langue

The teacher was great! He was very committed, top prepared, responsive to questions. Very pleasant class.

11 April 2022
Course: Super Intensive Programme - 1 week
Student age: 55 years

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 12 reviews
France Langue

friendly teacher, demanding lessons, very intensive

11 October 2021
Course: Standard Programme - 1 week
Student age: 62 years

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 12 reviews
France Langue

The teacher was very good. He used different teaching methods that were very diverse, contemporary and adapted to the learners. He involved all students very well according to their abilities.

5 October 2021
Course: Standard Programme - 1 week
Student age: 65 years

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 12 reviews
France Langue

The teacher was excellent and involved everyone. The location of the school is very good. A great course.

4 October 2021
Course: Standard Programme - 1 week
Student age: 67 years

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 12 reviews
France Langue

The teacher, Raphael, was professionally and personally strong, very committed.

4 October 2021
Course: Standard Programme - 1 week
Student age: 69 years

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 12 reviews
France Langue

Athmosphere, location, sense of it being serious about teaching languages.

25 August 2020
Course: Standard Programme - 3 weeks
Student age: 74 years

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 12 reviews
Lyon Bleu International

Certificates could be printed on better quality paper. We spend a lot of money on the courses, would be nice if the school provided us with quality certificates.

25 July 2019
Course: Intensive French Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 30 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 187 reviews
France Langue

The teacher was astute at understanding what we wanted to say, and adept at accommodating our various levels of competence in French.

19 June 2019
Course: Standard Programme - 2 weeks
Student age: 63 years

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 12 reviews
Lyon Bleu International

Tutorials are great- personalized, interesting positive and meticulous !
Thank you everyone !

7 November 2018
Course: Intensive French Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 71 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 187 reviews
Lyon Bleu International

The teachers were helpful and the methods were very good. I liked coming with the students and and becoming acquainted with them.
It wasn't good, when I had to repeat the same course two times, so I think it´s better to make the time from the beginning of the course suitable for the student.

29 October 2018
Course: Intensive French Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 21 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 187 reviews
Lyon Bleu International

Lyon is a fantastic city worth exploring every nook and cranny. I had lots of time after my morning classes to take in the sights and enjoy my summer in the city.
No food is allowed to be eaten inside the classrooms, so come to class with a full stomach and bring a snack for the break.

6 September 2018
Course: Semi-Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 26 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 187 reviews
Lyon Bleu International

You have to be aware that the choice of subjects for teaching is very outdated from an educational point of view. For example, the teachers choose a topic to cover over a week. If this topic is completely unknown or uninteresting for a student, the learning effect is extremely low, as understanding the materials is only possible if you have a basic knowledge of the topic. The teaching materials with which one should actually learn the language were unfortunately chosen extremely poorly and the learning effect is practically zero in individual cases due to weekly one-sided topics.

6 September 2018
Course: Intensive French Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 19 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 187 reviews
Lyon Bleu International

Excellent teaching, modern facilities and well organised.

24 July 2018
Course: Intensive French Course - 1 week
Student age: 54 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 187 reviews
Lyon Bleu International

Organization, teacher, lesson topics

26 June 2018
Course: Intensive French Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 20 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 187 reviews
Lyon Bleu International

Location
They are utterly inflexible and apathetic concerning student health, unless you end up hospitalized. They will do nothing but keep your money.

11 December 2017
Course: Intensive French Course - 8 weeks
Student age: 39 years

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 187 reviews
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Interesting information about Lyon

Why Lyon? Two hours from the alpine ski resorts and three hours from the sea, Lyon, ...
has a reputation as the French capital of gastronomy. With the exception of Paris, the city boasts the largest number of Michelin-starred restaurants and famous chefs in the whole of France. The city is also known as the 'city of light'. This tradition continues to the present day – December 8 each year is marked by "the Festival of Lights” where more than one hundred sites throughout the city are lit up to show the splendour of Lyon's architecture.
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What we like about Lyon
  • Picturesque city.
  • Diverse culture.
  • Locals are easy to connect with.
  • Wonderful food options.
What we dislike about Lyon
  • Some areas are unsafe at night.
  • The airport is not well connected.

Key Facts about Lyon

Population:   473,000
Time zone: +11h. (GMT +1)
Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 1.0895 USD)
Visa: Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 days. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Visa requirements data last updated on 01-12-2022 (Source)
For the most up-to-date visa information please consult with the embassy or consulate of France in your country. List of embassies and consulates of France on the official website - Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France.
High season: July
Low season: December
Average course price per week (High season): 318 €
Average course price per week (Low season): 282 €
Cost of Living:
* 100 = prices in New York
  • Student price index excluding rent:65* (35% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:51* (49% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:65* (35% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (France average): 4.38 €
    (7% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type E
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

Weather in Lyon

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What to do in Lyon

Opera House Lyon
Opera House Lyon
Basilica of Fourvière
Basilica of Fourvière
Park de la Tete d'Or 
Park de la Tete d'Or 
Vieux Lyon
Vieux Lyon
Presqu'île
Presqu'île
Fourvière
Fourvière
Croix-Rousse
Croix-Rousse
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Arrival airport

Lyon–Saint Exupéry (LYS) - 19 km. from Lyon city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 20 minutes, 30 minutes.

Main stops: Lyon Airport, Meyzieu Zone industrielle, Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie, Lyon Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu

Taxi: 25 minutes drive to city center of Lyon

Public transportation in Lyon

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Questions and answers about Lyon

  • In Lyon we work with several schools. The minimum age of acceptance for their adult courses varies between 17 and 18, depending on the school, so if your son is already 17 by the time you want him to start the course, and already has some knowledge of French, then he can start the course any Monday of the year. If he is younger than 17, then the only option we can offer is a private course in a teacher's home (Study & Live in your Teacher's Home).

FAQ about schools in Lyon

  • France Langue has received the best overall rating in Lyon.
  • France Langue, located in 8 Place des Terreaux has been voted as the school with the best location in Lyon.
  • Students rated Lyon with 4.6 stars out of 5.
  • Best airport to arrive to in Lyon is Lyon–Saint Exupéry (19.1 km from city center). See information about all arrivals and airport information for Lyon.
  • In Lyon the following courses are offered specifically for business French: Business French Private.
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