Faculty of Modern Languages and Literature

The Faculty of Modern Languages and Literature brings together a diverse group of schools and institutes for multidisciplinary teaching.

The Faculty of Modern Languages and Literature is composed of:

• The Department of French Literature is oriented towards literature, education, culture, and modern languages,

• ESTRI, with its international outlook, is designed for bilingual or trilingual French students,

• The ILCF is aimed at French and international students who are interested in the French language and culture.

It is also composed of specialized research centers such as: the Pierre Gardette Institute, the Ecology and Discourse research project and the Eurasian Chair.


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The Department of French Literature provides multidisciplinary teaching combining literature, linguistic, philology and 5 specialization programmes :

  • Literature Enrichment Programme,
  • Education,
  • Society and Politics,
  • Foreign languages,
  • Cultural studies.

It also offers preparation for the IEP exams. Third year students may join a study abroad program at a partner university in countries such as Canada, Hungary, Italy, United Kingdom, Argentina, South Korea, etc.


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For 50 years, ESTRI has been preparing students for today's professional world by turning a passion for languages into a decisive asset. ESTRI students are prepared for the professions of specialised translation, international communication, international marketing, and intercultural management, by following programmes designed in consultation with professionals in the sectors concerned and using a skills-based approach. Thanks to these different areas of expertise, the school opens the door to an international career. For ESTRI, interculturality is at the heart of its business and language is its key tool.


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Created in 1948 in the heart of Lyon, the Institute of French Language and Culture (ILCF Lyon) offers courses in French as a Foreign Language (FLE). Here is the ILCF Lyon in figures: more than 70 years of existence, nearly 2,000 students from 5 continents representing 70 nationalities, an Official DELF/DALF Examination Centre, University Diplomas in French Studies (DUEF) at several levels including a wide range of specialized French courses, and an FLE Quality Label.


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A research and development centre for languages and cultures in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region, the Institut Pierre Gardette (IPG) specialises in the study of Franco-Provençal and Occitan languages and the geographical variations of the French language. The IPG has an agreement with the University Lumière Lyon 2 for the preparation of a PhD in Language Sciences.