IAE Jean Moulin University Lyon 3

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The IAE, standing for Institut d'Administration des Entreprises (Institute of Business Administration), is the school of business of the Jean Moulin University Lyon3. Also known as the IAE of Lyon, its main campus is located in the historical complex of the “Manufacture des Tabacs” in the heart of Lyon, France.

Founded in 1956 the IAE of Lyon has 6300 students in 2007 (including 2000 in postgraduate studies), accounting for more than 28% of the 22,300 students at Lyon 3 University.

In addition to the 144 full-time professors at the IAE, 400 executives from private, external companies contribute to the education.

The various courses offered in 2008 include four Bachelor degrees (Licence), eight professional Bachelor degrees (Licence professionnelles), nine Masters degrees (with 40 specializations) and preparatory courses for the chartered accountants examination.

The IAE of Lyon is one of the top French universities for research and training in management. The school is highly internationalized and has an alumni network of 30,000 former students throughout the world.

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IAE Lyon, Manufacture des Tabacs
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South courtyard of the 'Manufacture des Tabacs' complex with the library building


Gaston Berger, then in charge of the tertiary education, created the Institut d'Administration des Entreprises in 1955. The following year the IAE of Lyon was created by governmental decision. At the start the IAE was a part of the Law and Economics faculty and was located on the Saône’s Quays at 15 quai Claude Bernard. In 1957 the first class graduated.

After May 1968, the Edgar Faure’s law abolished the existing faculties and replaced them with what is now known as universities. One year later the government granted an exceptional status to the IAE making it an independent part of the newly created University Lyon 2. In 1970 the Maitrise en Sciences de Gestion, a four-year degree in management is created.

1973 the IAE of Lyon became a part of Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 created in the same year. In 1975 the first five-year degrees, called Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées (DESS) and Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA), are created. They were co-managed by the IAE of Lyon, the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon (future EM Lyon) and the Economics department of the university. These degrees are the predecessors of the current Masters degrees available. During this same year, the first research unit was implemented within the IAE of Lyon: the Centre Lyonnais des Sciences de Gestion (Management Sciences Centre of Lyon).

The early 80’s saw the start of the internationalization process of the IAE of Lyon, which increased with the years and has now become one of its main characteristics. In 1981 the first professors’ exchange is organised with the Carlson School of Management, Minnesota, in the United States. After a major reorganization and growth period in 1982, the IAE of Lyon initiates its first student exchange programme within Europe in 1983 with the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. The first student exchange outside Europe was organised in 1986 with the University of Georgia, Athens and the Georgetown University, Washington DC in the United States.

In 1992, the Institut Universitaire Professionnel (IUP) is created within the IAE of Lyon. Its highly selective entrance tests allow the IAE to deliver high quality programmes to rival the private international business schools.

1995 saw the opening of two new research units: the IRIS and the OREM, as well as the creation of a new DEA degree on international management.

After 2000, all the activities of the IAE with the exception of research excepted, were gathered at the ‘Manufacture des Tabacs’ complex. In 2003 the IAE started conforming its programmes to the Bologna process and implementing the LMD. The LMD system is based on three types of degrees: Licence in three years (bachelor), Master in five years and doctorats in eight years (PhD).

In the same year the research unit of the Equipe Universitaire de Gestion Innovante (EUGINOV) focused on the innovative management and the ISEOR research centre from the Lyon 2 University was transferred to the IAE of Lyon. In 2004 the weight of the IAE within the management teaching and research is confirmed by the incorporation of the French-Chinese Research Center in Management as well as the creation of two new research teams, AFI and SICOMOR, add to the dynamism of the IAE of Lyon.


The IAE of Lyon is part of the Jean Moulin University Lyon 3 and is located mainly at the ‘Manufacture des Tabacs’ campus. As part of Jean Moulin University Lyon 3, all the IAE students have access to the ensemble of services provided by the Lyon 3 University as libraries, sport and culture departments.

The ‘Manufacture des Tabacs’ complex

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Since 2000, all of the IAE Lyon activities, except the EUGINOV organisation, are located at the ‘Manufacture des Tabacs’ complex. This is a pleasant and modern campus set in an exceptional historical building close to the city centre (less than 10 minutes), the private students' residences and transport.

To face the soaring cosumption of tobacco at the start of the 20th century, the French government decided to build a new plant in Lyon on a 25,000m² site of a fortification bought from the army. Started in 1912, the construction was interrupted by the First World War. Construction resumed in 1920 and was definitively finished in 1932. At this time 2,000 employees produced up to 30 million cigarettes on a daily basis. In 1987, the production was stopped and in July 1990 the Urban Community of Lyon bought the site for thirty-five million French franc on behalf of the Jean Moulin University Lyon 3.

The redevelopment of the old building was divided into 6 stages. The first stage was finished in 1993, however, it took 13 years to complete the whole project. At the end of 2004, the building surface available was 55,104 m², with an added underground car park of 6,603 m²; a total of 61,707 m².

This functional site illustrates the successful redevelopment of an industrial building into a modern tertiary education complex where the latest technologies are respectful of the historical past. This achievement is reflected in the recognition by the French Minister of Culture of the ‘Manufacture des Tabacs’ complex as a “Patrimoine du XXème siècle”.

The main reception desk for the university is located in the south courtyard of the complex, however the IAE welcome desk is located on the ground floor of the north building of the complex, close to the “cours Albert Thomas” street.

The complex features: quiet study rooms, computer rooms, Wi-Fi Internet access, three restaurant/canteen, library, the Lyon 3 international office, the sport and culture departments.

The medical service of the Jean Moulin University Lyon 3, Service de Médecine Préventive et de Promotion de la Santé, is also located at the ‘Manufacture des Tabacs’ complex. It offers several services to the Lyon 3 students as consultations in dietetics, psychiatry and psychology. It also provides first-aid.

The "Quai" campus

Located on the bank of the river Saône this campus is the oldest location of the Jean Moulin University Lyon 3. The first building of this university complex was built in 1896 and inaugurated by Félix Faure then President of France.

Nowadays the IAE is no longer present in this precinct, the EUGINOV research organization and some administrative tasks excepted.

The Bourg-en-Bresse campus

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The IAE of Lyon is also present in Bourg-en-Bresse through the CEUBA, University Studies Centre of Bourg-en-Bresse and Ain, Centre d'Etudes Universitaires de Bourg et de l'Ain.


The teaching and degrees of the IAE follow the Bologna process.


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Business Administration (AES) and Applied Economics (Gestion et économie) studies can be accessed after obtaining the Baccalauréat, the French highschool diploma. Management Sciences (Sciences de Gestion) and Team and Quality Management (Management des équipes et Qualité) streams are selective ones and can only be accessed after sitting written tests and interviews. Furthermore one or two years of prior tertiary studies are required to apply.

Another rigorous selection takes place before the admission in Masters programmes.


The IAE of Lyon three main departments are teaching, research and administration. These departments are under the direct supervision of the Dean.


The research is part of the fundamental public service mission assigned to French universities. The specificity of Lyon IAE is the constant will to fulfil it with private companies through partnerships, in order to make the researches more practical. The IAE of Lyon created is first government appointed research centre in 1975. It included three teams focusing on different area: EURISTIK on strategy, MODEME on advanced information sciences and GRAPHOS on health care management. In 1995, two new research teams were added. IRIS specialized in marketing and OREM focusing on human resources. Two others departments were created in 2004: AFI covering the finance area and SICOMOR expanding the information sciences field. In 2006, the most recent team studying innovation and named ICOD was created.

Adding to this internal growth, two external research centres joined the IAE of Lyon. These centres are the French-Chinese Research Center in Management (Centre Franco-Chinois de Recherche en Gestion) and the ISEOR (Institut de Socio-économie des Entreprises et des Organisations) specialized in organisations management. The ISEOR is part of a partnership with EM Lyon, a private business school of Lyon.

The IAE historical research centre is now called MAGELLAN Centre and comprise seven research teams (EURISTIK, MODEME, IRIS, OREM, AFI, SICOMOR and ICOD).

With three major centres the IAE of Lyon is a leading element of the research in all the business areas.

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International dimension

The early 80’s saw the start of the internationalization process of the IAE of Lyon, which increased with the years and has now become one of its main characteristics. In 2006, 1923 of the IAE students came from overseas, representing 82 nationalities.

EPAS Accreditation : On April 2008, the EFMD EPAS Accreditation Board awarded EPAS accreditation - European Programme Accreditation System - to the International Management'

The overseas campuses

In the 90’s the IAE of Lyon implemented a policy aiming to create programmes entirely taught overseas. Nowadays three undergraduate degrees and 19 postgraduate degrees are awarded outside France. The countries where these trainings are available are: Algeria (1), Armenia (9), Burkina Faso (1), China (2), Czech Republic (1), Hungary (1), Lebanon(1), Morocco (3), Poland (1) and Tunisia (2).

The programmes taught in English

The IAE of Lyon also developed programmes entirely taught in English within the "Manufacture des Tabacs" complex in Lyon. This is to provide overseas students with an opportunity for them to discover France and the French approach to business studies without language requirement to attend the teaching. This is also for French speaking students the opportunity to study in English, prior to an overseas exchange for example.

The offer consist of one undergraduate programme, three postgraduate degrees and a summer school.

The undergraduate one is the Studies in English at Lyon, France (SELF) programme. It includes management studies in English but also learning of the French language. The three postgraduate degrees are :

    • the European Business Realities Program completed in two years,
    • the International MBA program (launched in December 2008), executive MBA for persons with work experience
    • the General Management Program completed in one year but requiring a prior year of postgraduate studies in the home country.
    • The summer school is called Summer Business Program and is developed with the Carlson School of Business, University of Minnesota, USA.

The courses taught in English at the IAE of Lyon

The exchange programmes

In 1981 the first professors’ exchange is organised with the Carlson School of Management, Minnesota, in the United States. The IAE of Lyon initiates its first student exchange programme within Europe in 1983 with the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. The first student exchange outside Europe was organised in 1986 with the University of Georgia, Athens and the Georgetown University, Washington DC in the United States.

All the students of the IAE of Lyon have the opportunity to study overseas, mainly during their third or/and fifth years. The exchange network of the IAE of Lyon is now of 350 partner-universities throughout the world. In 2006, 240 overseas students came to Lyon through these exchange programmes and 200 French student went overseas.

More than a quarter of the IAE of Lyon students spend one year overseas during their studies.

International partners



  • Algeria
    • Université de la Formation Continue d'Alger
    • Université Mentouri Constantine
  • Burkina Faso
    • University of Ouagadougou
  • Côte d'Ivoire
    • University of Bouaké
  • Egypt
    • Ain Shams University
  • Madagascar
    • University of Toamasina
    • Faculté Catholique d'Antatanarivo
    • ISCAE
  • Morocco
    • Cadi Ayyad University
    • HEM, Casablanca
    • Hassan II University
  • Senegal
    • Cheild Anta Diop University, Dakar
  • South Africa
    • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Tunisia
    • Université du Centre
    • University of Sousse
    • Tunis University


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  • Argentina
    • Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina
    • Universidad de San Andrés
    • University of Belgrano
  • Brazil
    • Universidade Federal da Bahia
    • Federal University of Campina Grande
    • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
    • Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas
  • Canada
    • Concordia University
    • McGill University
    • Queen's University
    • Ontarian Universities
    • Quebec Universities Network
    • Bishop's University
    • Université Laval
    • Université de Montréal
    • Université de Sherbrooke
    • University of British Columbia
    • University of Toronto
    • University of Western Ontario
  • Chile
    • Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
    • Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
    • Universidad de los Andes
    • Universidad Diego Portales
  • Costa Rica
    • University of Costa Rica
  • Guatemala
    • Universidad Rafael Landívar
  • Mexico
    • Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
    • Universidad Autonoma, Puebla
    • Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos
    • Universidad Autonoma de la Laguna
    • Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa
    • Universidad Bonaterra de Aguascalientes
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    • Universidad Iberoamericana, Leon
    • Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México
    • Universidad Panamericana Sede México
    • Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana
  • Peru
    • Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  • United States
    • Baruch College
    • Boston University
    • Georgetown University
    • Louisiana State University
    • University of Montana
    • Oregon State University
    • Portland State University
    • University of New Mexico
    • Texas Tech University
    • Tulane University
    • University of Arizona
    • University of Georgia
    • University of Minnesota
    • University of Missouri
    • University of Missouri-St. Louis
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    • University of Oregon
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • University of Texas at Austin
      • McCombs School of Business
    • University of Utah
  • Uruguay
    • University of the Republic, Uruguay


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Shanghai University, campus library, China

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  • Cambodia
    • Royal University of Phnom Penh
  • China
    • Chinese University of Hong Kong
    • Fudan University
    • Hainan University
    • Henan University
    • Nankai University
    • Shanghai University
    • Beijing Language and Culture University
    • Minzu University of China, Beijing
    • Xiamen University
    • Wuhan University
    • Guangzhou University
  • India
    • University of Lucknow
    • Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University
  • Israel
    • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Japan
    • Hosei University
    • Konan University
    • Nara University of Education
    • Nagoya University
    • Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
    • Rikkyo University
    • Kinjo University
    • Musashi University
    • Osaka University
    • Ryukoku University
    • Seikei University
    • Shimane University
    • Yokohama National University
    • Waseda University
  • Lebanon
    • Université Saint-Joseph
  • Saudi Arabia
    • King Abdulaziz University
    • King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
  • Taiwan
    • National Taiwan University
    • Tamkang University
    • Fu Jen Catholic University
  • Thailand
    • Asian Institute of Technology
  • Turkey
    • Ankara University
    • Anadolu University
  • Vietnam
    • Centre Franco-vietnamien de gestion, Hanoï and Ho Chi Min Ville
    • Académie des Finances Maison du Droit, Hanoï


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  • Albania
    • University of Tirana
  • Armenia
    • Fondation Université Française en Arménie
  • Austria
    • University of Graz
    • Johannes Kepler University Linz
    • University of Vienna
  • Belarus
    • Belarusian State University
  • Belgium
    • Université catholique de Louvain
    • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
    • Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Bulgaria
    • Sofia University
  • Czech Republic
    • Masaryk University
    • University of Economics, Prague
  • Denmark
    • Copenhagen Business School
    • University of Aarhus
    • Odense University
  • Finland
    • University of Joensuu
    • University of Jyväskylä
    • University of Turku
    • Lappeenranta University of Technology
    • University of Helsinki
  • Germany
    • University of Freiburg
    • University of Mannheim
    • University of Kiel
    • Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
    • Furtwangen University of Applied Sciences
    • Free University of Berlin
    • Humboldt University of Berlin
    • Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
    • Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
    • Otto-Friedrich University
    • University of Marburg
    • Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg
    • RWTH Aachen
    • University of Augsburg
    • University of Bayreuth
    • Ruhr University
    • University of Duisburg-Essen
    • University of Hamburg
    • University of Hildesheim
    • University of Hohenheim
    • Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
    • University of Konstanz
    • University of Leipzig
    • University of Münster
    • University of Regensburg
    • University of Rostock
    • Saarland University
    • University of Stuttgart
    • University of Trier
  • Greece
    • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
    • University of the Aegean
    • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • Hungary
    • International Business School, Budapest
    • Eötvös Loránd University
    • University of Debrecen
    • University of Pécs
    • University of Szeged
    • Pázmány Péter Catholic University
    • Corvinus University of Budapest
    • Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Iceland
    • University of Iceland
  • Ireland
    • Queen's University Belfast
    • Dublin City University
    • Dublin Institute of Technology
    • Portobello College Dublin
    • University College Dublin - National University of Ireland, Dublin
    • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork
  • Italy
    • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
    • LUISS University of Rome
    • LIUC - Libero Istituto Carlo Cattaneo
    • University of Bari
    • University of Bergamo
    • University of Bologna
    • University of Cagliari
    • University of Cassino
    • University of Genoa
    • University of Macerata
    • University of Milan
    • University of Insubria, Varese
    • University of Padua
    • University of Palermo
    • University of Pavia
    • University of Perugia
    • University of Pisa
    • University of Siena
    • University of Turin
    • University of Verona
    • University of Rome La Sapienza
    • University of Venice
  • Lithuania
    • Vilnius University
  • Luxembourg
    • University of Luxembourg
  • Moldova
    • Moldova State University
  • Netherlands
    • Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen
    • Leiden University
    • Radboud University Nijmegen
    • Tilburg University
  • Norway
    • University of Oslo
  • Poland
    • Cracow University of Economics
    • Jagiellonian University
    • Technical University of ?ód?
    • Radom University of Technology
    • University of ?ód?
    • University of Wroc?aw
  • Portugal
    • ISCTE
    • Instituto Superior de Línguas e Administração - ISLA
    • Universidade de Aveiro
    • Universidade de Coimbra
    • University of Évora
  • Romania
    • University of Bucharest
    • Babe?-Bolyai University
    • Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
    • University of Craiova
    •  ?tefan cel Mare University of Suceava
  • Russia
    • Moscow State University
      • Moscow State Law Academy
      • Moscow State Linguistic University
      • Moscow State University of Commerce
    • Finance University under the Government of the Russian Federation
    • Saint Petersburg State University
    • Ural State Economics University
    • Bauman Moscow State Technical University
  • Serbia
    • University of Belgrade
    • University of Novi Sad
  • Slovakia
    • Comenius University in Bratislava
    • University of Economics in Bratislava
    • Matej Bel University
  • Spain
    • University of Alcalá
    • University of Alicante
    • Autonomous University of Barcelona
    • Autonomous University of Madrid
    • Complutense University of Madrid
    • University of Barcelona
    • Universidad de Cantabria
    • Universidad de Córdoba
    • University of Deusto
    • Universidad de Extremadura
    • Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
    • University of Granada
    • University of the Balearic Islands
    • Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
    • University of Lleida
    • Universidad de Málaga
    • University of Murcia
    • University of Navarra
    • University of Oviedo
    • University of the Basque Country
    • Comillas Pontifical University
    • University of Salamanca
    • University of Santiago de Compostela
    • University of Seville
    • University of Valencia
    • University of Valladolid
    • Pompeu Fabra University
    • University of Vigo
    • University of Zaragoza
  • Sweden
    • Dalarna University College
    • Karlstad University
    • Linköping University
    • Lund University
    • Örebro University
    • Stockholm University
    • Mälardalen University
  • Switzerland
    • Ecole de Traduction et d'Interprétariat, Geneva
    • University of Zurich
  • Ukraine
    • Dnipropetrovsk National University
  • United Kingdom
    • Anglia Ruskin University
    • Aston University
    • Coventry University
    • De Montfort University
    • Kingston University
    • Lancaster University
    • Liverpool Hope University
    • Liverpool John Moores University
    • London Metropolitan University
    • University College London
    • University of Birmingham
    • University of Central Lancashire
    • University of East Anglia
    • University of Essex
    • University of Glasgow
    • University of Hertfordshire
    • University of Hull
    • University of Kent
    • University of Leeds
    • University of Leicester
    • University of Lincoln
    • University of Liverpool
    • University of Bedfordshire
    • University of Manchester
      • Manchester Business School
    • Roehampton University
    • University of Sheffield
    • University of Strathclyde
    • University of Wales
    • Bangor University
    • University of Wolverhampton



  • Australia
    • Australian National University
    • Curtin University of Technology
    • Monash University
    • University of Melbourne
    • University of New South Wales
  • New Zealand
    • University of Auckland
    • Victoria University of Wellington
    • University of Otago
  • Vanuatu
    • University of the South Pacific

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