Student life

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Joining emlyon business school and its International MBA is not just acquiring skills. It is also joining a vibrant student life in a vibrant city.


Join an international and diverse cohort

emlyon’s early maker pedagogy is rooted in the belief of “doing to learn, and learning to do.” Participants learn, grow, explore, and succeed together during their experience, benefiting from a tight-knit school and program culture, a both global and successful alumni network, and an abundance of resources to ensure they meet their goals. Each cohort is unique and diverse, made-up of successful women and men from many different industries all around the world.

Class of 2019-2020

  • 59 participants
  • Average age: 31 years
  • Average work experience: 6.5 years

Algerian • Cameroonian • Ethiopian • Ghanaian • Guinean • Ivoirian • Kenyan • Nigerian • Tunisian • Zimbabwean

Chinese • Indian • Lebanese • Indonesian • Japanese • Taiwanese

Dutch • French • Italian • Turkish

The Americas
American • Argentinian • Brazilian • Canadian • Chilean • Colombian • Costa Rican • Mexican • Peruvian

Discover other cultures and celebrate your cohort’s international diversity

Extracurriculars & clubs

Involvement at emlyon is built into the school’s culture. With over 600 events planned each academic year, it is nearly impossible to not find an activity or club to join to elevate your international experience even further!

MBA clubs range in scope from professional events, as seen in the MBA Club Speaker Events, the IMBA Challenge Club and the IMBA Consulting Club, to organizations pertaining to specific interests, like the IMBA French Club, the IMBA Sports Club, the IMBA Social Events Club, and the IMBA Luxury & Retail Club.

Lyon: capital of the French way of life

ville de lyon

A global metropolis

Lyon is a major economic hub, a thriving center for entrepreneurs around the globe, and the first-choice city for installing a French HQ for international companies. It is also a university cluster with a flourishing 150,000+ students. It is home to numerous company headquarters and world-renowned international companies (such as Interpol and Euronews). Its areas of expertise and competitiveness tends to resolve around biotechnologies and healthcare, the environment, and digital entertainment (including video games, cinema, audiovisual production, animation, and interactive media).

A city where people live life to the fullest and are intensely creative


Lyon’s history stretches back 2,000 years. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed historical site and one of the leading tourist destinations in Europe. As a capital of fine food and dining, Lyon is home to nearly 20 Michelin-starred restaurants. It’s ideal geographical location - close to the Côte d’Azur and the Alps, and just a two-hour TGV train trip from Paris - is very popular with students. Lyon offers a wide variety of cultural activities and events, including the Nuits Sonores (international electronic music event), the Fête des Lumières (festival of lights), the Nuits de Fourvière (concerts and cultural events), the Biennale de la Danse and the Biennale d’Art Contemporain.

More and more people flock to Lyon not only due to the vibrant life and charm of the city, but because of its exceptional cost of living. Lyon provides similar big-city looks and feels at a fraction of the price.
The cost of living is about one-third less expensive in Lyon when compared to Paris, which provides more financial flexibility and freedom for those living in and around the city.