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INSA National Institute of Applied Sciences Lyon

Address: 20 Avenue Albert Einstein, 69100 Villeurbanne, France

Description INSA National Institute of Applied Sciences Lyon

  • Year of foundation: 1957;
  • Location: Lyon, Villeurbanne, France;
  • Students age: from 17 years.;
  • Number of students: 6300 people;
  • Language of instruction: French, English;
  • Educational type: Grand École.

INSA Lyon, France's Higher Engineering School (Grand École), founded in 1957 by the philosopher Gaston Berger and rector Jean Capelle, is the oldest and most important of the six INSA Group institutions. An INSA engineer knows how to build career guided by the logic of adaptability, innovative approach to science and technology, real social responsibility.

Scientific training is the natural foundation of the 5-year engineering cycle, and since the inception of INSA Lyon, Humanities has become a central element of engineering training, open to the world. In addition to languages, philosophy and culture, engineering students benefit from training in business knowledge and management.

Classes integrate ethical reflection, introduce innovative, active pedagogical methods that seek to offer learners learning about autonomy, responsibility, citizenship while encouraging creativity and innovation.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in INSA National Institute of Applied Sciences Lyon

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from 601 € / year

Quick overview: The FIMI department employs about 1,700 students, which are divided into 7 training courses:

  • Classical;
  • 4 international courses;
  • Active Learning in Science (FAS);
  • High level sports (SHN).

The educational program is tailored for each course, but the overall goal remains the initial training of serious scientists with the human qualities, open-mindedness required for any engineer.

Science and technology education programs are the same in all areas.

Each student undergoes general educational program, sequentially distributed over two years at FIMI, in areas such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, mechanics, computer science, design, manufacturing, humanities.

The second cycle, lasting 3 years, prepares engineers in 9 training specialties. The school promotes the development of innovations, striving for entrepreneurship through the Student Entrepreneur program.

from 601 € / year

Brief information: The MSc in Research is a national diploma issued by INSA Lyon, corresponding to the second year of master's degree. A prior study confirmation mechanism (ECTS credits) may permit admission during the course - these equivalents are decided by the admissions jury at the request of the candidate.

Master's preparation includes theoretical studies and an introduction to research (laboratory practice).

Post-Graduate Professional Education, Specialized Master, marked by the Conférence des Grandes Écoles, is a course that recruits students and professionals who already have a second or third cycle diploma (Bac + 5 or Bac + 4 with a minimum of 3 years of vocational training).

Mastère Spécialisé differs from Master:

  • A title accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Écoles;
  • Studying for at least two semesters, including theoretical studies, personal research work in a company and defense of a professional thesis.

Brief information: Doctoral studies leading to a doctoral degree are organized in Lyon in major disciplines.

INSA Lyon is actively involved in 8 doctoral schools, jointly accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR), and oversees the MEGA and MATERIAUX schools.

Each doctoral school brings together recognized research groups (EMR or EA) around a research study project for integration into a scientific career in France or abroad in the public or private sector.

Quick overview: INSA Lyon, one of the leading engineering universities in France, implements an international undergraduate program in mechanical engineering, materials science, aerospace engineering in collaboration with ECAM Lyon and the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK), one of the UK's leading universities of technology.

About the educational courses:

Ingénieur Informatique en Distanciel - IFD - from 21 years old: The course allows international students to gain a solid knowledge base in the field of computer science, expand technical and methodological skills, project management skills.

It is taught by teachers and researchers from the INSA team. Duration - 2 years remotely.

Ingénieur Par Apprentissage - from 18 years old: INSA Lyon is committed to increasing the number of continuing education courses through apprenticeships since 2009. Graduates of the program receive the same diploma as regular education and go through the same academic assessment process.

Apprentissage is one of the areas of development for INSA Lyon. Its goal is to attract engineering students to graduate from INSA Lyon by integrating them into a professional environment rather than internships in traditional fields using adapted pedagogy. The educational process takes place within the framework of work and study programs, allowing students to gradually discover the engineering profession in the company over three years of study.

Formation Continue - from 18 years old: The continuing education offer at INSA Lyon includes:

  • Insavalor for short and certification training events;
  • Continuing education for graduate courses.

Accommodation, housing and food

  • The LyonTech campus is located on the outskirts of the Lyon-Villeurbanne metropolitan area, in an area rich in green spaces (Parc de la Tête d'Or, Coulée verte de la Feyssine). La Doua benefits from a dense network of communication routes.
  • The Oyonnax campus, located on the outskirts of the city of the same name, was created as a result of cooperation with CTIPC (Technical and Industrial Center for Plastics and Composites).

Main advantages of the boarding house:

  • Eating great with INSA Lyon restaurants;
  • Using a wide range of opportunities for sports and recreation (swimming pool, tennis, sports grounds, gym);
  • Involvement in school life (associations, library);
  • Life is 15 minutes away by public transport from the city center.

Events INSA National Institute of Applied Sciences Lyon

Social life is a key element of the INSA Lyon campus. More than 110 independent associations allow everyone to show their talents by personalizing the training project.

The Sports Association brings together international students who want to specialize in sports based on one or more workouts per week and participation in the championship of French universities. Approximately 1/3 of INSA students are licensed by the Sports Association.

Since its inception, INSA Lyon has offered its students the opportunity to visit various clubs, libraries, restaurants.

  • INSA gala in Lyon - prom. Every year the BDE organizes Gala, the prestigious INSA Lyon evening. The traditional graduation ceremony honors graduates.
  • Karnaval Humanitaire Solidarity Week - the carnival has several goals: to revitalize local life (organization of a carnival parade, concert evenings), to hold conferences. The main activity of the association is the organization of the "Week of Solidarity", which takes place under a tent installed on the campus.
  • Handidap INSA - within the framework of the national project Handimanagement, the Handizgoud Association annually organizes information events on the professional integration of people with disabilities.


  • INSA Lyon was the first to play the card of accessible science education, open to the world and talent. Regardless of background, culture, social background, students will find ideal conditions here to conduct their studies with good understanding. The INSA Lyon Engineering Course is based on a high value-added formula, no entrance exams and no learning disruptions.
  • INSA Lyon is ranked №1 in the Le Point weekly magazine's Best Engineering Schools in France, one of the top five engineering schools for recruiters.
  • The school ranks 2nd according to l'Expansion magazine in terms of wages for the first employment and after 3 years of work experience, 2nd place in the ranking of French higher schools of computer engineering according to the results of a survey conducted by Le Monde Informatique magazine- 2006, 1st place according to L'Express among 5-year schools.
  • Over the past ten years, INSA Lyon has consistently remained the most sought-after engineering school among French high school students expressing their wishes through the national portal.

Equipment INSA National Institute of Applied Sciences Lyon

The LyonTech campus offers many sports facilities that are also available to INSA students. INSA was awarded the title of the best sports university in France. The Sports Center is run by 18 specialized sports trainers.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

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

INSA Lyon applicants submit documents:

  • Copy of passport or identity card;
  • Completed application form;
  • Academic results (grades) in the last three years, including the transcript of the first semester;
  • Two letters of recommendation from science / math teachers;
  • Certified copy of high school graduation certificate or certificate (s) confirming that you have passed the university entrance exams;
  • Language certificate (IELTS 7-8, TOEFL iBT> 100, TOEIC 880, PTE General Level 4);
  • Documentary proof of bank transfer or money order for payment of application fees.

Scholarships INSA National Institute of Applied Sciences Lyon

INSA Lyon offers different scholarships:

  • Bourses sociales dites Bourses Capelle;
  • Bourses de mobilité dites Bourses Berger;
  • Accueil ou Départ;
  • Fonds de solidarité;
  • Bourses Tremplin.

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Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- 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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