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Institut Paul Bocuse

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Institut Paul Bocuse is situated in Lyon, France. The campus is located a few minutes from Lyon city Center, the gastronomic capital of France renowned for its attractive quality of life and dynamic business environment.  For several years in a row, Lyon has been ranked among the best student cities in France!

Inspired by the visionary leadership of our two iconic founders – Paul Bocuse and Gérard Pélisson – Institut Paul Bocuse has developed into a renowned International School of Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Food Service Management. 

Institut Paul Bocuse trains more than 1,000 students each year, representing 55 nationalities studying on 10 international campuses. From undergraduate through to doctoral level, our courses benefit from an innovative teaching approach. 

The bachelor’s programs are registered and approved by the Ministry of Higher Education, Innovation and Industry.

Institut Paul Bocuse’s main strengths include: 

  • A unique approach to learning – experiment with your technical, behavioral and managerial skills in real-life working environment. You’ll work alongside an international team of 150 leading professors (33 percent PhD qualified) including a team of prestigious Chefs, Meilleurs Ouvriers de France.
  • International exposure & global careers: opportunity to travel and personalize your studies on an international exchange at one of 20 partner schools
  • 100% employment: we benefit from a network of trusted and prestigious corporate partners, giving our students access to the widest possible range of work placement and job opportunities in France and across the globe.
  • Flexible learning paths and work experiences: Talent Managers coach you individually to help you choose from the range of careers available. Students can also choose from a range of programs of more than 30 different courses from undergraduate to postgraduate level.
  • A rich and varied campus life: The school’s campus features a vibrant Students’ Unions. There are a range of activities organized by clubs and societies in sports, charity work, culture and arts.
  • All the bachelor’s degrees are taught in French/English or 100 percent in English. Similarly, the master’s degrees are taught in English.

Academic recognitions

  • Institut Paul Bocuse won 1st prize at the 2017 Worldwide Hospitality Awards for the most innovative international program in competition
  • Our MSc in International Hospitality Management in partnership with emlyon business school has been ranked 2nd among the best Masters in Hospitality Management by Eduniversal 2019
  • Since 2009, Institut Paul Bocuse has been ranked first by Eduniversal for its undergraduate degree course in the Tourism and Hospitality category
  • Institut Paul Bocuse is the only French school in the world to be a member of the Hotel Schools of Distinction network.
  • Institut Paul Bocuse is a member of Conférence des formations d’excellence du tourisme (CFET) and of AACSB

Find out more information via the university’s social media platforms: Facebook; Instagram; LinkedIn.

We provide our students with a distinctive learning environment designed specifically for an experiential teaching approach that offers a real-world pedagogical experience combining practice and theory for a 360° exposure to the Hospitality, Food Service and Culinary Arts sectors.

This real-world learning environment includes 6 training restaurants including a 1-star Michelin restaurant, a 5-star school hotel and an apartment hotel.

Institut Paul Bocuse’s main campus is in Lyon, France, however, the institution has 10 international campuses worldwide. Cultural diversity plays an important part of life on a campus with 1,000 students. There are 55 different nationalities and 40 percent of classmates are international.

Accommodation is just five minutes from the school, with 114 bedrooms equipped with private bathrooms.

The international students affairs department will help students with all of the administrative procedures.
Before the first week, international students have a two-day "Easy France toolbox" seminar. Every month the international student affairs department organizes cultural activities for international students. Find out more here. Students can try tennis, yoga, football, cross training and so many more activities.
Students live both on and off campus.

COVID-19 Information:

 What is the status of planned campus admission open days/tours?
> Our open day of 16th May is not cancelled at the present time.

How can applicants contact the university about their application?
> Applicants can contact our Admission & Recruitment team: [email protected] or +33 (0)4 72 18 02 20

How is the university handling applicants whose exams have been cancelled?
> All of our exams are online

How is the university supporting applicants whose visa applications have been delayed?
> We are aware of the visa applications delay. Our applicants can contact our student affairs department for help or more information: [email protected]

 Is the university still accepting applications? Are there any restrictions being placed on international applicants?
> Institut Paul Bocuse accepts all international applications

How are applications for university accommodation being handled?
> International students and 1st year students are given priority for campus accommodation, subject to availability.

 Is the university making any changes to entry requirements (i.e. test results, required documents)?
> For the moment, we don't change the entry requirements

If you are a French citizen and if you wish to integrate a first year Bachelor's degree in September 2020, please visit Parcoursup to register for the program on your wishlist. If you are not in this case, please apply directly on our website.


Institut Paul Bocuse is authorized to submit students at the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program which was established by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. This scholarship encourages applicants up to 30 years old at master’s level and applicants up to 35 years old at PhD level. 

Each year, the G&G Pélisson Foundation for Institut Paul Bocuse offers scholarship to talented students aged under 28 who have achieved excellent academic results.

  • 100 percent of our graduates are in the job of their choice within 3 months of graduating.
  • 33 percent of former students are living their dream of becoming an entrepreneur within 5 years of graduating. And over the last 30 years, almost 400 businesses have been created by Institut Paul Bocuse grads across the globe.
  • A global alumni community present in over 80 countries, working as ambassadors and actively recruiting our students.

The Institut Paul Bocuse's Corporate Relations Department is more than 300 annual contacts between a student and selected companies, more than 800 partners among the leaders in our sector and more than 2,000 internship and qualified job offers per year.

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