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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 aims to transform the undergraduate programs of the universities Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lumière Lyon 2, Jean Moulin Lyon 3 and Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne towards a common goal: students successes.

CURSUS+ transformation strategy relies on three main areas:
  • Personalize the courses by organizing the entire undergraduate programs into modules;
  • Open up channels to facilitate the transition between general bachelor's degrees and other types of undergraduate programs;
  • Professionalize the bachelor's degree to support its integration in the employment market and to respond to the growing need for middle managers.
Since September 2019, new courses and devices have been deployed in the four partner universities to better meet the aspirations and diversity of students' needs. This includes in particular remedial courses or courses with a high academic requirement, a strengthening of language learning, an introduction to professional skills.

Key figures

in grants

10-year funding

4 universities involved

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

11 CURSUS+ training programs available since 2019

Important dates

November 2020: first lecture of “Student Success” series
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September 2020: 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 five CURSUS+ programs

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

July 2018: CURSUS+ project is the winner of the French National Research Agency’s “New university programs” call for projects.
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CURSUS+ partners

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.


Pauline Robillard
Coordinatrice projet CURSUS+,
Direction Stratégie académique