The ESN (Erasmus Student Network) network is a European network for young people, initiated by the young people with the support of the European Commission in 1989. This network has been present in Lyon through the CosmoLyon association since 20016.
ESN CosmoLyon is a non-profit organization that aims to welcome young people and international students since 2003. The association welcomes and accompanies these young people come to Lyon as part of their studies, internship, EVS ... The association will also promote international mobility among French students and bring them to meet other cultures. The association was created in 2003 by Pascal and Frédéric, two Lyon residents returning from the University of Delaware (USA). They decide to create the CosmoClubLyon, inspired by the Cosmopolitan Club of their host university. It's at the Down Under, a pub in Old Lyon that has become Flanigan's, that the adventure begins. When the association joined the ESN network, it was renamed ESN CosmoLyon, retaining the term "Cosmo" from its roots.
By joining the association, you will have access to various activities (outings, trips, culinary activities ...) to discover Lyon, French culture and meet young people from 5 continents!

Become a member

Do you want to become a member of the association? You can join for € 5 (valid for one year) to support the association in its projects and participate in all our events! Most of our events are free and open to everyone, but some events such as travel are reserved for our members.
You will also have the possibility to buy an ESNcard, which gives you access to discounts throughout Europe and in Lyon establishments.
To make your membership (and buy your ESNcard if you want), it's here :

Who can join the association?

  • Young people in mobility in Lyon (Erasmus, inter-university exchanges, internships, EVS ...);
  • French who wish to discover other cultures and participate in the international welcome in Lyon;
  • The French students who prepare their international mobility.
Do you want to join the team and help us organize events or take part in international projects in Lyon?
Just send us an email or contact us via the facebook page. Introduce yourself in two words: who are you? why do you want to join us? do you already know the asso? At the beginning of each semester we organize events dedicated to welcome newcomers (meeting aperitif, training tools ...) but you can very well join us at any time of the year.
See you soon
The CosmoTeam