Institute of Science and Technology
INSA Lyon is a leading engineering school in France, and its humanist values have been the foundation of its model for over 60 years.
Created in 1957 by the philosopher Gaston Berger and the rector Jean Capelle, INSA Lyon is the first establishment of the INSA Group, which has 6 establishments in France.
INSA engineers know how to conduct their careers in a spirit of great adaptability, a pioneering approach to science and technology and true social responsibility.
This is a trademark that still bears the imprint of its two founders. We owe them the humanist commitment of INSA and its model, which is open to all differences in origin, culture and social background.
As the first post-baccalaureate school in France, INSA's science training is primarily recognised for its 5-year engineering course. However, it is still possible to enter INSA directly for a Master of Science, or to come for an international double degree or exchange.
Since the creation of INSA Lyon, "Humanities" have been at the heart of the training of engineers open to the world.
In addition to language, philosophy and culture, engineering students benefit from training dedicated to business knowledge and management.
These courses integrate ethical reflection, implementing innovative and active teaching methods, which aim to offer students the opportunity to learn autonomy, responsibility and citizenship while encouraging creativity and innovation.
INSA Lyon in figures
- 9 MSc Eng Degrees
- 9 Advanced Masters
- 8 doctoral schools
- 6,300 students
- 28 % of which are international
Research and Innovation
Research at INSA Lyon involves 23 research units and labs, more than 600 researchers and teacher-researchers, 650 Ph.D. students and more than a thousand industrial contracts. This scientific and technological capital is a major factor in the school's international reputation.
Why study at INSA Lyon - National Institute of Science & Technology in Lyon
Diversity has been an integral part of INSA Lyon's values since its creation in 1957. 28% of students are international and over 100 nationalities are represented. There are also many schemes to suit individual situations: scholarships, mentoring, support for students with disabilities, commitment to gender equality, program adjustments for high-level athletes, etc.
Excellence is at the heart of INSA's innovative and responsible teaching methods. With an employment rate of 90%, the institution maintains its place in the top 10 French engineering schools. The INSA Group, made up of 7 schools, represents 10% of French engineering students.
Innovation is omnipresent at INSA, in the teaching tools, through the research activities, as well as at the level of the students, many of whom are involved in tech associations or develop their creativity in the campus FabLab.
Open-mindedness to the world and to other cultures is at the very essence of the INSA model. Since its creation, humanities courses have been part of the engineering curriculum. 4 artistic courses are offered to undergraduates who wish to combine their studies with their passion.
Reputation in the sense of recognition. INSA institutions are very well identified by recruiters. Their strength? Many possibilities: apprenticeships, stays abroad, a rich student life... 200 exchange partnerships and 40 international double-degree partnerships contribute to the reputation of our teaching around the world.
Awards & Accreditations
2nd French Institution in Mechanical Engineering - Shangai ranking
Among top 34% institutions - QS World University Ranking
5th French Institution in Metallurgical Engineering - Shangai Ranking
Among world's top 200 institutions committed to reducing inequality and saving the climate - Times Higher Education Impact Ranking
Student services & facilities
The support of international students is close and personalised according to their needs:
- The Incoming Mobility team for their registration, visa and social security procedures
- The Academic Advisors in each of the 9 engineering departments for pedagogical aspects
- The European International Relations Office team, organised by geographical area, to help them find solutions in case of financial or personal difficulties
- A Health Center and a social worker are available at any time.
Living on the LyonTech-La Doua Campus means:
- Enjoying a quality environment with many green spaces
- Having 4 INSA Lyon restaurants to eat on-site
- Being able to use a wide range of sports and relaxation facilities (swimming pool, tennis courts, sports fields, fitness room)
- Living closer to school life (associations, students events, library, etc.),
- Taking less than 15 minutes to reach the city center by public transportation.
Lyon, a European competitive cluster
At the confluence of the Saône and Rhône rivers, Lyon has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. As the former capital of Gaul, the city has a 2000-year history.
Lyon is one of the most attractive European cities. As a competitive destination open to the world, Lyon attracts global companies and talents every year.
INSA Lyon has a particularly rich community life on the LyonTech-La Doua Campus with 130 associations. The management of the institution offers them direct support and provides them with a total area of around 3,500m2 reserved for community life, including a Student House, a concert hall, a self-managed bar and an INSA shop.
The Student Union is the largest in France, and organizes flagship events such as a national student festival, induction activities, sports challenges, TedX talks, and much more!
Sport is really important at INSA Lyon. In fact, it is compulsory for permanent students and there is a Top Athlete Section for engineering students. There’s an activity for everyone and for all levels!
With the sports association, the gymnasium and football and rugby pitches, tennis courts, athletics track and swimming pool, there are plenty of options for exercise outside classes!
On the LyonTech-La Doua campus, all admitted students can apply for accommodation in one of our 11 residences:
- Residence halls with shared rooms (2 people) reserved for first-year students; residences with different types of accommodation: studio, 2- or 3-room flat.
All residences are eligible for housing assistance. Cost about €360 to €550 / month.
- During short programs, students are hosted in shared bedrooms. Accommodation is included in the program fee, which also includes courses and social activities.
- For more information about Accommodation details, Please check the university website.