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Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Academic College: Mays Business School Academic Department: Accounting, Agribusiness, Business Administration, Business Honors, Finance, Information & Operations Management, Land Economics & Real Estate, Management, Management Informations Systems, Marketing, Masters of Business Administration, Supply Chain Management
Minimum GPA:
Language of instruction:
Program Advisor:
Bianca Cusimano, Jye Shafer
Open to non-majors:
No Classification: Grad Student
REEP Program Type:
Departmental Exchange
Program Description:
EM Lyon Business School

EM Lyon Business School is devoted to lifelong learning for entrepreneurial and international management. For over 40 years EM Lyon has been partnered with other business schools from around the world to bring exchange students to France. Today, they boast over 120 institutions and are recognized in China as a major European business school allowing them specifically to have partners with twenty of the top Chinese Universities. This history of international reach paired with their multicultural environment offers a rather diverse environment. A little over half of their students and about 40% of the professors are from countries other than France.

Lyon is a city in east-central France halfway between the Mediterranean sea and the mountains. The “City between Two Rivers” can be easily explored by foot or bike! It boasts many sites to see, especially along the water-front. Walking through the districts, entering museums or exploring monuments all have their own unique environment offering glimpses of the history of Lyon. Economically, Lyon is a major city for banking and the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech industries. This city is a beautiful mix of the old, preserved by UNESCO World Heritage Sites, mixing with new high-tech industries and innovations.

Eligibility Requirements
  • This program is limited to students in the Mays Business School
  • Graduate student classification
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Proficiency in English or French
  • Must obtain a French residence permit
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application

Students can choose to study abroad during
  • Fall Semester (September to December)
  • Spring Semester (January to April)
  • Academic year (September to April)


Areas of study available: Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization, and International Business. About 50% of the courses offered EM Lyon are taught in English. You will take a minimum of three courses up to six per semester. Those will be chosen from our portfolio of over 180 courses per year. A course is usually about 30 hours, that is a class meeting ten times for three hours with a fifteen minute break halfway through. Depending on the course it is only once or twice a week. Student coming to EM Lyon are given the status of “Auditor” for the period of your enrollment.

French language classes are given to students in exchange for six months or more. An Orientation Week is planned for all incoming international students for the week before school starts. Please arrive accordingly.

EM Lyon is home to the “Programme Jeunes Ambassadeurs”. This student run organization is devoted to linking the international student with Lyon in an effort to form a network between the two universities. EM Lyon itself is home to 26 student associations.


There are a few options for accommodations in Lyon, France. Housing arranged by EM Lyon Business School is at Lamartine Residential Hall. There are several other student residence halls available for exchange students as well. Most halls include a bathroom, fully furnished, and wireless internet access.

If you decide you would like to live in downtown Lyon, you should get in touch with the Residences et Loisirs Association. They offer priority to EM Lyon students. They will give you a list of private landlords within you specified budget in the surrounding areas of Ecully or downtown Lyon. Those options often include, but are not limited to, student residences, private flats and host families. An average of 600 euros per month is realistic ($810 USD).


One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition & Fees Cost for 12 hours of graduate coursework.
Estimated Fees Paid Directly to EM Lyon
Accommodations $3,240    (depends on room type)
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
International Airfare $1,000
Meals $1,150
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies $1,010
Personal Spending $1,360+
Texas A&M Semester Comparison Cost $13,636+

As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available.
  • Scholarships
    • CIBS Reciprocal Exchange Scholarship
    • Mays Business School MBA Scholarship
    • International Education Fee Scholarship 
Additional information and applications can be found at the Mays Center for International Business “Scholarships & Financial Aid” page and the Study Abroad Programs Office “Funding Your Program” page.

Helpful Links

EM Lyon Business School Exchange Student Webpage
EM Lyon Business School Courses
EM Lyon Business School Accommodations
EM Lyon Business School Lamartine Residential Hall
EM Lyon Business School Host Families
EM Lyon Business School Academic Calendar
EM Lyon Business School Programme Jeunes Ambassadeurs
EM Lyon Business School Student Associations
EM Lyon Business School Homepage
Mays Center for International Business Homepage
Mays Center for International Business  REEP Webpage
Mays Center for International Business Scholarships and Financial Aid
Mays Center for International Business Certificate in International Business
Study Abroad Programs Office Funding and Scholarships Webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
France Travel Guide
Lyon, France City Guide
Currency Converter

Aggies in France

Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

“I would highly recommend studying abroad to anyone who has the opportunity to go. It has changed my life in so many different ways. I am much more independent, traveled, and cultured as a result of the fantastic experience. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
 Philip ’14 Finance, Spring 2013 Mays Reciprocal Exchange in Spain


For detailed information about the graduate exchange program at EM Lyon Business School, students should contact Mr. Jye Shafer in the Mays School of Business.  Students should contact their departmental academic advisor for curriculum related issues.

For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, please contact Bianca Cusimano

(Summer, Semester and Academic Year Studies)

The following summer programs are options for Mays MBA/MS Students:
  • Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • EDHEC Business School, France
  • Guanghua School of Management, China 
  • WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany