Studying abroad can be a once in a lifetime experience—an opportunity that will enrich every part of your life. 

If you’re interested in studying abroad, you should consider what you’d like to learn from the experience. Do you want to acquire new language skills? Experience new cultures? Gain perspectives in your field of study? Travel? No matter your interest, DeSales has programs that will suit your needs.


We're here to help you from the beginning to end, and all the steps in between. The best study abroad experiences require careful planning and time to make sure all necessary preparations have been made. It's never too early to begin the study abroad process.

Besides studying abroad through the programs offered by DeSales University there is also the opportunity to study abroad in a multitude of other locations around the world. If you are interested in studying somewhere other then the locations listed below, we are willing to work with you to help make it possible.

Catholic University of Lyon (Lyon, France)

DeSales University students have the opportunity to study abroad in Lyon, France through a partnership with the Catholic University of Lyon. The university was founded in 1875 and combines respect for Christian heritage with a spirit of openness. With its location at the heart of a regional capital, its close ties to business and strong international links, it seeks to promote academic excellence, creativity and integrity. 

Lyon's rich cultural heritage reflects the various eras of the city's development, from ancient times to the Renaissance era up to modern age. Cultural life in Lyon is vibrant. The city hosts international events, such as the biannual Festivals of Dance and Contemporary Art and the annual Festival of Lights that takes place on December 8. These major cultural events are open to the city and its inhabitants. The city also has an impressive cultural infrastructure, with 30 or so museums, 15 libraries, a plethora of theatres and the Maison de la Danse, an innovative dance theatre.

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Students at Desales who’d like to pursue a study abroad experience must meet the following requirements:

  • To participate you must be a full-time, traditional day undergraduate student.

  • You must ordinarily have a minimum GPA of 2.75.

  • You must be in good disciplinary standing.

  • You’ll need two letters of recommendation (at least one should be from a full-time faculty member).

  • Typically, you must have a sophomore or junior status

  • Before you start your study abroad program, you must resolve any outstanding issues with the Bursar’s office.