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CURSUS+: the Université de Lyon’s
undergraduate transformation project

On July 9, 2018, the CURSUS+ project was selected as laureate of the National Research Agency’s call for projects “New university programs”, as part of the Investments for the Future program (Programme d’investissements d’avenir – PIA). With a ten-year funding, the CURSUS+ project involves the universities Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lumière Lyon 2, Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne and the ENS de Lyon, all working towards a common goal: student successes.

CURSUS+ relies on a fundamental transformation of undergraduate university education, which mainly focuses on personalizing the curriculum and offering more diverse education programs. It is divided into three main areas for transformation:
  • Personalize the curriculum by organizing the entire undergraduate Licence program into modules;
  • Open up channels to facilitate the transition between general License programs and other types of undergraduate programs;
  • Professionalize the License diploma to support its integration in the employment market and to respond to the growing need for middle managers.
Six new CURSUS+ courses will be launched at the start of the 2020 academic year. These will be added to the six that were already available in 2019. Here are a few of them:

Key figures

in grants

10-year funding

6 institutions involved

12 CURSUS+ training programs available in 2020

70,000 undergraduate students at the Université de Lyon including 20,000 freshmen each year


Asmaà Fritah-Lafont
CURSUS+ project coordinator,
Academic Strategy Department

Important dates

Coming up: “Student Success” events

September 2020: the launch of six new CURSUS+ programs

October 2019: launch date of the CURSUS+ 2020 call for projects
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September 2019: start of the first six CURSUS+ programs

April 2019: launch of the CURSUS+ project at the Université de Lyon

July 2018: The CURSUS+ project is the winner of the French National Research Agency’s “New university programs” call for projects.
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The CURSUS+ project, led by the Université de Lyon, receives State aid which is administered by the French National Research Agency (Agence nationale de la recherche) as part of the Future Investments Program under the reference ANR-18-NCUN-0005.