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  • Locations: Lyon, France
  • Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year, Spring
  • Program Sponsor: Global E³ 
  • The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Biochemical, Biotechnology, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Energy, Environmental, Industrial, Information Technology, Materials, Materials Science, Mechanical
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Courses Available in English?:
Program Description:

Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Lyon (INSA Lyon)

University Info   |   English Language Website

Office responsible for International Exchange Students

International Relations Office

Language of Instruction

French. Some courses are offered in English.


Located on the premises of the Science and Technological Park of la Doua in Villeurbanne, INSA Lyon is ranked among the top universities of Science and Technology in Europe, pluridisciplinary and international, at the heart of the European Higher Education Area.

Over a 5 year curriculum it trains humanist multi-competent engineers who are both innovative and entrepreneurial. INSA Lyon applies a policy of excellence implemented at all levels. INSA Lyon was the first INSA to be created in 1957 and has always had a strong ambition in terms of social awareness. It graduates over 800 engineers each year in 12 fields of specialisation. International perspective has always been a priority for the establishment which has progressively set up international options such as EURINSA, ASINSA and AMERINSA.

Today INSA Lyon sets a new challenge for itself: consolidate its position as one of the best Technological Higher Education Establishments in Europe. The University places pedagogical innovation at the core of its training programme in order to produce engineers who possess qualities of innovation and entrepreneurship.


Study Level

  • Undergraduate Students: Accepted*
  • Graduate Students: Accepted
*3rd, 4th and 5th year students
Research projects and work experience program available with all INSA departments.


One semester or two semesters


Disciplines Available

  • Biochemistry and Biotechnologies
  • Bioinformatics and Modelling
  • Civil Engineering and Urbanism
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energetics and Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Information Technology & Computer Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering and Plasturgy Processes
  • Mechanical Engineering Design
  • Mechanical Engineering Development
Application Materials

When will students receive their acceptance package?

Upon acceptance by the departments


Semester Dates

  • Autumn Semester: September to January
  • Spring Semester: February to June

Academic Calendar

Course Contents

Details In French   |   Details In English

Workload per semester

15 ECTS credits minimum

Grading system

ECTS % of successful students normally achieving the grade Definition
A 10 Excellent - outstanding performance with only minor errors
B 25 Very good - above the average standard but with some errors
C 30 Good - generally sound work with a number of errors
D 25 Satisfactory - fair but with significant shortcomings
E 10 Sufficient - performance meets the minimum criteria
Fx -- Fail - some more work required before the credit can be awarded
F -- Fail - considerably more work is require


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

Yes. Each student receives an application pack containing an accommodation reservation form which must be returned to INSA Lyon before the date shown on the document. More information can be found on the resident management office website.

When can exchange students move-in to the Hall of Residence?

When arriving on the campus, students are signing their accommodation contract and have the room keys. Arrival must be during opening hours of the Accommodation Office (not after 5 pm nor in the weekend or free-work days)


Entry Visa

For stays longer than 90 days, a "long stay" visa must be asked. This is a 2 step procedure:

1st step: CampusFrance on-line application

2nd step: Visa application at the French Consulate

Health Insurance

French student health insurance (215 € for 2016/2017 academic year) is mandatory. Subscription to a complementary student health insurance is optional but strongly recommended. Good coverage cost a minimum of 200 - 315 € per year.


When should I arrive?

For an exchange during the Fall semester or the whole academic year: in August if you will attend an intensive French course or mid-September before the start of classes.

For an exchange during the Spring semester: in January if you will attend an intensive French course or beginning of February before the start of classes.

Information on the orientation program will be available in the Welcome Booklet.

Is there airport reception available?

Only for students attending the French summer school in August; Not for students arriving in September or January/February.

Is there any bank on campus?
No. But there are bank offices near the campus.


Food/meals depending on the meal plan.

Housing 312 € - 529 € per month (+ 300€ deposit + 30€ of general fees)

Local transportation

Monthly travel rate campus 31(student under 28 years old)

Academic expenses

Health Insurance

French student health insurance (215 €) is mandatory. Subscription to a complementary student health insurance is optional but strongly recommended. Good coverage cost a minimum of 200 - 315 €.

Personal Expenses: according to each person


International Agreements: International Relations Office

Contacts  Dr Marie-Pierre Favre :

Mailing Address

Direction des Relations Internationales
Bâtiment Coulomb
20, avenue A. Einstein34, avenue des Arts
69621 Villeurbanne CEDEX

In-coming Exchange Student Staff: Registrar’s Office

Contact: Magdalena CORNECI: / 

Mailing Address

Service de la Scolarité
bâtiment Camille Claudel
8 allée du Rhône
69621 Villeurbanne CEDEX

Where the Saône and the Rhône meet, Lyon has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Former capital of the Gauls, the city bears witness to 2000 years of continuous history. Its remarkable heritage is enriched with signature buildings by contemporary architects such as: Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, Santiago Calatrava.

The city of Lyon - the second largest in France - numbers 1.2 million inhabitants, with more than 120,000  students. Situated at the heart of Europe, Lyon is steeped in history and culture. It has a rich industrial network which includes many large companies. Its international scope and exceptional cultural environment have made it a powerful centre of communication.

Lyon is easy to get to by car, train, bus or plane. Paris is only two hours from Lyon by train and many  international and high speed trains (TGV) come into the city daily. 49 international and 30 domestic airlines pass through the Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport. Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport is also easy to reach, in 2 hours train from the centre of Lyon.

Lyon is also a great university centre which attracts considerable numbers of students every year.

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