With its internationally renowned institutions, working closely with top competitive clusters, Lyon is a student city with a lot to offer. Today, Lyon has 144,500 students at the city’s 4 universities and 54 institutes of higher education. The city thus offers a virtually endless range of higher education opportunities. Every year, nearly 15,000 foreign students come study in Lyon. 700 exchange programs have been set up with foreign universities. This attractiveness contributes to the city’s international renown and helps to build close bonds with foreign students.