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Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon

Address: 15 parvis René Descartes, 69342 Lyon, France

Description Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon

  • Established: 1880
  • Type: State Higher Educational Institution
  • Location: Lyon, France
  • Rating: 196
  • Language of instruction: English, French.

Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon (ENSL) is one of France's most prestigious public higher education institutions in the field of science and humanities, founded in 1880.

ENSL, as a rule, trains specialists for public service. It should be noted that all applicants who enter the Higher School sign an agreement stipulating that after graduation, the student is obliged to work only in the public service for the first 6 years.

In French public higher education institutions, the state incurs most of the tuition fees (an average of € 10,000 per student per year).

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon

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  • Dates: year-round.

The undergraduate programs of the Higher School are implemented in the following areas:

  • Science and innovation
  • Bioscience
  • Digital geography
  • Ancient languages, civilizations and literature
  • Ancient history
  • Integrated management of natural resources and environmental and landscape changes
  • The evolution of societies and institutions, etc.
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  • Dates: year-round
  • Duration: 2 years.

Master's programs are implemented in the following areas:

  • Science and innovation
  • Modeling complex systems and biological sciences
  • Fundamental and Applied Cognitive Sciences
  • Ancient languages, civilizations and literature
  • Integrated management of natural resources and environmental and landscape changes
  • Advanced Economics, etc.

Doctoral studies

  • Dates: year-round
  • Duration: 3 years.

Doctoral programs are implemented in the following main areas:

  • Computer science
  • Literature and Linguistics
  • Art
  • Healthcare
  • Mechanics and Energy
  • Construction and acoustic equipment
  • Molecular, Integrative and Cellular Biology
  • Neurobiology and Cognitive Science
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  • Physics and Astrophysics
  • Chemistry, processes and the environment
  • Economics and Management
  • Electronics and electrical engineering, etc.

Accommodation, housing and food

ENSL provides its students with a dormitory on campus.

  • Cost of living = 200 € -400 € / month.

Events Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon

In their free time, students can visit the cinema, the theater hall, music and dance studios, sports centers located on campus.


  • ENSL is in the top 10 best educational institutions of the country, taking the 8th position in the ranking
  • The educational institution is in 5% of the best universities in the world
  • ENSL has earned an excellent international reputation for outstanding achievements in the areas of "Natural Sciences" and "Mathematics"
  • Graduate students can participate in international exchange programs and scholarship programs.

Equipment Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon

The educational institution is located in the south-east of France in the Rhone lowlands at the confluence of the two rivers Rhone and Sona in the city of Lyon.

The material and technical base of ENSL includes its own library and 26 laboratories.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The Higher School has a two-semester academic year.

Additional expenses:

  • The cost of living in Lyon is 611 € -1124 € / month.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

To enter the university you need:

  • Education Documents + Transcript in French / English
  • Copy of passport / ID
  • Transmittal letter
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Certificate of French language proficiency (level C1 or B2).

When applying for a master's program in art, humanities, languages or social sciences, you must additionally provide a summary of the research project in French (maximum 3 pages).

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Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon reviews

Farah Marquise
Dears , I am a business administration graduate and willing to start my master degree in management but I am just wondering if I have the option to study in english and when so the french test is required (c1/c2) ??
Dear Farah, regarding this question - please, contact the university directly.

Recommendations on when to apply

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- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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