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International Ph.D. students

You wish to undertake a doctorate in France and you are not a French national: Below you will find all the information you need to help you carry out your project.
How to apply?

You can apply to the doctorate in the same way as a French national. However, if you do not have a Master’s degree, you must be able to  justify an equivalent degree that has enabled you to acquire research training.

In addition, foreign applicants are also eligible for all the same financial resources found our Funding section  like any French national.
> More information on applying to the doctoral program

Administrative support for foreign doctoral candidates at the beginning of the thesis

Assistance with admission and enrollment procedures

International students are eligible for assistance in applying for the doctoral program.

Help settling in Lyon

The Euraxess service center of the University of Lyon is open to all and can also help you in your steps to come to France and for your initial settling in Lyon.
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French language

French language courses

French courses are offered free of charge to doctoral students by some of our affiliated institutions and by the University of Lyon during the doctoral program. Participation in these courses can be validated as part of the training program required by the doctoral school.

Doctoral students whose French is not the mother tongue are advised to follow these courses from the first year. Indeed, these will allow you to better integrate into your laboratory and your daily life. In addition, they will allow you to follow further training courses in French.

> More information on courses offered by FLE


Writing of the dissertation

If you do not master the French language, it is possible to conduct your research and write your thesis in English. In this case, a French extended abstract must accompany your manuscript. During the oral defense, your presentation should also include a synthesis in French.