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, 23 september 2023
> Saturday, 20 January 2024
> Saturday, 16 March 2024

Register on our website

If you are a French citizen 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

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Programs Location
Bachelor in International Culinary Arts Management Ecully
Bachelor in International Hospitality and Restaurant Management Ecully
MSc in International Hospitality Management Ecully
  • = Course Level Beginner
  • = Course Level Advanced

Scholarships & 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.


Virtual Open Day - September 23

Our Open Day comes to you!

You live on the other side of France or abroad? No problem, just connect from the comfort of your couch.

With interactive information sessions on our programmes, live discussions with our students and staff, this virtual Open Day will help you refine your career plans.

Event dates:

Date:   1/20/2024    Time:   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM   Learn more
Date:   3/1/2024    Time:   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM   Learn more

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Want to know more about a program? Choose a program from the list and fill out the form, including any questions you have. This information will be sent directly to the school, and a representative will respond to your enquiry.

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

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

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

Student services & 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. 


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.

Student lifestyle

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. 


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.


Average rating 5

Based on 5 reviews.


The courses are interesting with lots of management learning how to run market and control our businesses for the future in the kitchen the grading is strict and the school focuses on classical techniques and basics followed by a second year creating our oen find dinibg menu with little to ni imput and in the last yesr we work in a 1 star restau...

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K. Senties

Institut Paul Bocuse is one big family united by the same passion for gastronomy.

P. Desvaux

The Institute has allowed me to follow a career on 3 continents, obtain dual French and American citizenship and work for some of the top chefs in the world.


Institut Lyfe (formerly Institut Paul Bocuse)

Château du Vivier, 1A Chemin de Calabert BP25
69131 Ecully Cedex

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