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Institut Lyfe (formerly Institut Paul Bocuse)

Institut Lyfe (formerly Institut Paul Bocuse)

Institut Lyfe (formerly Institut Paul Bocuse)


Institut Lyfe (formerly Institut Paul Bocuse)

For more than 30 years, the school has been training expert, committed and responsible leaders and managers of tomorrow in the culinary arts, hospitality, food service and pastry sectors and represents an ecosystem that is unique in the world for initial training, research and professional training. Institut Lyfe welcomes 1,200 students encompassing 72 nationalities, offering an unrivalled multicultural campus, just a few minutes from Lyon. It provides excellence in training from Bachelor's to Master's level.

Our educational philosophy is based on experiential learning, on a unique training ground-school centred around project management, talent discovery, entrepreneurial spirit and creativity (6 restaurants including one Michelin-starred, 4 hotels including a 5-star hotel, 17 cooking and pastry laboratories).

Today, the objective of Institut Lyfe is to be part of the world's top 3 higher education schools for the hospitality, gastronomy and service professions, confirming its status as a vocational school while guaranteeing the academic level of a business school. Also, our coaches provide personalized support to help you develop your soft skills and refine your career plan.


  • Our Bachelor's programs are approved by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, a guarantee of academic quality and international portability of your diploma.
  • We are the first private Culinary Arts and Hospitality school to be a member of the prestigious Conférence des Grandes Ecoles. Institut Lyfe is also an accredited member of The-ICE, AACSB and EFMD member, all international recognitions of our school's excellence.
  • At Institut Lyfe, you'll learn alongside the best and be supported by an international community of exceptional professionals, professors and researchers: 235 teachers, over 100 permanent staff including a team of MOF chefs, pastry chefs, sommeliers and top-level lecturers.
  • Best Bachelor's and Master's in Hospitality Management in the Eduniversal 2023 rankings


The international dimension of Institut Lyfe has been rooted in its DNA since its creation: worldwide mobility, courses available in English*, internships, conferences, lectures by professors from all over the world, our school actively encourages openness and sharing to foster intercultural exchanges. A community of 5,000 graduates in over 90 countries will give you access to a solid professional network.

*Depending on curriculum


Choosing a career in hospitality not only means choosing a job with a human touch, a passion for passing on knowledge, but also the guarantee of finding a job quickly, with responsibilities and global scope. Your soft skills are easily transferable to many other sectors. You'll benefit from over 2,500 selected internship and job offers a year, and monthly career events to forge close ties with our 1,000 partner companies.

Because choosing a training course is not always simple, come meet us virtually!
> Saturday, 20 January 2024
> Saturday, 16 March 2024

Register on our website

if you hold a French baccalaureate and would like to join one of our Bachelor's courses in the 1st year, go to Parcoursup for enrolment for September 2024.
If you are not is this case, apply on our website

Campus Features

Institut Lyfe’s main campus is located just a few minutes from Lyon city centre (France), the gastronomic capital of France renowned for its attractive quality of life.

Located just 5 minutes on foot from the school, our student hall of residence offers 104 bedrooms equipped with a private bathroom (1st year students and international students are given priority for campus accommodation, subject to availability). Please visit our website for more information, go to Student Experience and then Accommodation.

    Scholarships and Funding

    Equal opportunities and Excellence scholarships are awarded to French and international students admitted to the 1st year of a Bachelor’s degree, by the Foundation for Institut Lyfe, to fund part of the tuition fees.

    These are renewable each year, based on academic and attendance criteria, and can be combined with Crous scholarships.

    Why study at Institut Lyfe (formerly Institut Paul Bocuse)

    • A unique approach to learning with a real-world environment (6 training restaurants including 1 Michelin-starred, 4 hotels including a 5-star training hotel)
    • Students work alongside a multi-skilled international team including a team of Meilleurs Ouvriers de France
    • Tailor-made programmes with a team of Talent Managers
    • A rich and varied campus life
    • Recognised qualifications

    Awards & Accreditations

    1st Prize

    most innovative international programme

    Worldwide Hospitality Awards(2017)

    Ranked 1st

    MSc in International Hospitality Management

    Best Masters in Hospitality Management, Eduniversal (2023)

    Ranked 1st

    Undergraduate degree in Tourism and Hospitality category

    Eduniversal (Since 2019)

    Accredited Member

    Conférence des Grandes Écoles

    Accredited Member

    THE-ICE (International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education)

    Accredited Member

    EFMD Global

    Campus Life & Facilities

    • Our International Student Affairs team help students with administrative procedures (help with obtaining your visa, French Social Security Office formalities, setting up a bank account, access to our housing service)
    • Our Talent Managers are on hand to guide each student throughout their studies at Institut Lyfe and will work with them personally to decide on their development plan

    Please visit our website for more information, go to student life and then services for international students.

    The school is located on a campus designed to help our students find the right balance between work and leisure thanks to our vibrant Students' Unions. Our Feel Good Campus team will encourage them to get involved in a range of activities organised by clubs and societies covering in sports (tennis, yoga, football, cross training..), charity work, culture and the arts. Happy, ambitious and confident students is what best defines our school!

    Please visit our website for more information, go to student life and then campus life.

    Institut Lyfe (formerly Institut Paul Bocuse) is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad Top 10 Global rankings 2023 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2023 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2022 badge Top 10 Global rankings 2022 badge Top 10 Europe rankings 2021 badge


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      Château du Vivier, 1A Chemin de Calabert BP25, 69131, Écully

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