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French Language Schools in Lyon - Ranking 2022

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

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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 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

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: 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

Rating: 4.9

4.9 | 9 reviews

friendly teacher, demanding lessons, very intensive

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

Gabriela
Germany

Rating: 4.9

4.9 | 9 reviews

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

Helga
Germany

Rating: 4.9

4.9 | 9 reviews

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

Cornelia
Germany

Rating: 4.9

4.9 | 9 reviews

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

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

Ilse
Germany

Rating: 4.9

4.9 | 9 reviews

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

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

Rose
France

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 185 reviews

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

Celene
Canada

Rating: 4.9

4.9 | 9 reviews

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

Mark
United States

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 185 reviews

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

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

Bryan
Canada

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 185 reviews

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

Aya
Syria

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 185 reviews

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

Kevin
Canada

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 185 reviews

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

Elias
Switzerland

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 185 reviews

Excellent teaching, modern facilities and well organised.

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

Bernard
Ireland

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 185 reviews

Organization, teacher, lesson topics

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

NADEJDA
Moldova

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 185 reviews

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

Chartier
United States

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 185 reviews

Quality of Teaching
Good School with Professional teachers

18 August 2017
Course: Intensive French Course - 12 weeks
Student age: 19 years

Dmitry
Russia

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 185 reviews

Fantastically positive teachers
Age group differences make some social activities a little difficult.

2 August 2017
Course: Intensive French Course - 1 week
Student age: 65 years

Ronan
Ireland

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 185 reviews

I loved the city of Lyon and my host family.

2 August 2017
Course: Intensive French Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 20 years

Zeinab
United States

Interesting information about Lyon

Key Facts about Lyon

Mercer placed Lyon in position 40 in their latest ranking of quality of life.

Population: 473,000

Time zone: +11h. (GMT +1)

Region: Rhône-Alpes, Département du Rhône

Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 1.1306 USD)

Lyon quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.7

4.7 (197 reviews by our former students)

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.

universities: 9 (rankings of universities in Lyon)

High season: July

Low season: December

Average course price per week (High season): 301 €

Average course price per week (Low season): 264 €

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):4.04 € (20% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type E
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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Public transportation in Lyon

Weather in Lyon

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Events in LyonBest time to take a language course in Lyon

December
Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights

December 2022Beautiful festival whose origins date back to 1643 when Lyon promised tribute to Mary if it were spared from the plague. Traditions developed gradually and now the days surrounding the Immaculate Conception are full of light, from traditional candles on windowsills to ultra-modern light installations.

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
Lyon
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Arrival Airport

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

Public transportation to city center:

Every 20 minutes, 15,00 €, 30 minutes.

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

Taxi: 40 €, 25 minutes drive to city center of Lyon

Direct international flights from:
  • United Kingdom: Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Southend, Manchester, Southampton
  • Ireland: Dublin
  • Canada: Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau

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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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