CPE Lyon

Program Details

Program Location Lyon, France
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20151
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Fall 2022 08/22/22 to 01/27/23
2022-23 Academic Year 08/22/22 to 06/17/23
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


CPE Lyon

Live and learn in Lyon and take advantage of these great opportunities:

  • CPE Lyon is one of 250 Grandes Écoles, which are French institutions of higher education specializing in one or two fields
  • CPE Lyon offers programs in chemistry, chemical engineering, electronics and computer science only
  • CPE Lyon has a selective and small student body, approximately 700 full-time students 

Location: Lyon is a metropolitan city founded in 43 BC. The city itself has a population of 400,000, but the surrounding suburbs raise the population to approximately 2 million people. It is located in the west of France, about 3 ½ hours north of the Mediterranean and 2 ½ hours south of Paris by train.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


CPE Lyon

This program is open to students in chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering and physics only. While there are many courses at CPE Lyon offered in English, applicants should have some knowledge of French. Applicants should be in good standing and have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 6 Sem French

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering] [College of Science]
Specifically from: CHE, ECE (ENG), CHM, PHYS (SCI)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Language of Instruction: French & English

Semester Course Load: Minimum 30 ECTS credits 

Information on chemical engineering-related courses

CPE Lyon offers an intensive French course just prior to the beginning of the fall semester.  The College of Liberal Arts will grant academic credit for language courses completed at CPE Lyon.  The amount and nature of this credit will be determined by the study abroad liaison for CLA.


CPE Lyon does not own residence halls but the international student office assists exchange students with reserving accommodations.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2022

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee $0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,300.00
Housing $2,000.00
Local Transportation $300.00
Visa $200.00
Books and Supplies $150.00
Meals $2,500.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $3,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

CPE Lyon

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.