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Jean Monnet University

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Whether you apply for a Bachelor or a Master degree, at the Faculty of Science, Art, Law, or Engineer School, Jean Monnet University guarantees a high-quality training and personal welcome to each one of its students.

Strong of its multidisciplinary nature, JMU offers a wide possibility of trainings, in line with modern society’s needs. Offering a special expertise to its 20,179 students, the University guide them towards success and professional integration, in a rich and dynamic environment. JMU stands out by its deep ties with the local territory, with the socioeconomic sector as much as cultural and artistical institutions.

A particular attention is also given to the work of researchers, with numerous possibilities of internships and trainings. In its will to reinforce its international opening, UJM works with higher education establishments in and outside Europe, allowing 2,108 foreign students to integrate its rich student life.

To study in Saint-Etienne is a great way to expand your horizon!

Welcome to Saint-Etienne and thank you for choosing Jean Monnet University!

University in a nutshell


Jean Monnet University is located in Saint-Etienne, the only French city designated as a Creative City for Design by UNESCO. With more than 171 000 inhabitants, Saint-Etienne is the 13th most populated city in France.

Saint-Étienne is located less than 1 hour away from Lyon, the capital of the region renowned for its historical and architectural landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saint-Étienne is only 2 hours 50 from Paris, 2 hours from the main winter resorts of the Alps and their breathtaking downhill ski slopes. The beaches of Marseille and Montpellier are only 3½ hours away, and the Drôme Provençale, one of the loveliest French regions, a 1 hour 30 drive from Saint-Étienne.

Situated only a stone’s throw from the Pilat Regional Natural Park, the Forez mountains and the gorges of the River Loire, Saint-Etienne is lucky to be close to the countryside and still able to offer everything that can be expected of a major cultural centre.


  • From one of the Paris airports: From Paris, you have to take a train at the Gare de Lyon, going to Saint-Etienne.
  • From Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport: Follow the signs at the airport to take the Rhônexpress shuttle to Lyon-Part-Dieu station. Departure every 20 minutes from 5am to midnight. http://www.rhonexpress.fr



  • From Paris Gare de Lyon in 3 hours.
  • From Lyon-Part-Dieu station in 45 min.

Buy a ticket from a self-service machine or from a ticket office. You can also buy your ticket online on www.sncf-connect.com Get off at Saint-Étienne Châteaucreux station.


  • From Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport in 40 min. Take a bus from the airport bus station. Remember to book well in advance, as there are only a few journeys available! https://www.blablacar.fr/

By walk, by scooter, by bike, by bus, by tram… the university campuses are all accessible by public transport.

As a student, take advantage of STAS transport in Saint-Etienne Metropole for only 10€ per month. Tickets can be purchased at the machines located at every tram station. A ticket costs 1.60€. Itineraries and hours can be checked on the STAS website: www.reseau-stas.fr/en

Learn French

The International Language and Civilization Center (CILEC) is the school of Jean Monnet University dedicated to teaching French as a Foregn Language (FLE). If you want to improve your level of French and learn more about French culture, their courses are for you!

You can find more detailed information on: https://cilec.univ-st-etienne.fr/fr/index.html


Accomodation app

Each country offers different options for you to stay during your time at the host university. At Transform4Europe, we have created an application to provide you with all the information about the options available to you.

Get to know the app: https://proyectoue.ogpi.ua.es/accommodation/

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