Institut national des sciences appliquées de Lyon

The Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon or INSA Lyon is a Grande École d'Ingénieurs. INSA Lyon is a university of Science and Technology in Europe, multidisciplinary and international, at the heart of the European Higher Education Area.[1] The university is located on the La Doua – LyonTech campus, home of science-related universities. La Doua is located in Villeurbanne, a suburb of Lyon.

MottoL'imagination technologique
Motto in English
Technological imagination
TypeGrande École
Endowment€162.3 millions
PresidentÉric Maurincomme
Academic staff
Administrative staff
CampusLyonTech – La Doua

The school was founded in 1957 to train highly qualified engineers, support continuing education, and conduct research and testing. The five-year curriculum aims at training engineers who possess human qualities and are well versed in the primary areas of science and engineering. Students may pursue a PhD upon completion of the 5-year curriculum. Graduates from INSA Lyon are called Insaliens.

Preparatory level

The five-year academic curriculum starts with a two-year preparatory cycle where students focus on fundamental sciences such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, mechanics and computer science. This cycle aims to provide INSA engineers with a wide range of skills and competencies, thus allowing them to redirect their careers independently of their initial specialization.

Several special sections are available:

  • EURINSA, with half of the students coming from other European countries
  • AMERINSA, with half of the students coming from Latin American countries (mainly Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Colombia)
  • ASINSA, with half of the students coming from Asian countries (mainly China, Vietnam, and Malaysia)
  • SCAN, with students coming from all over the world, and in which courses taught in English.
  • SHN, a section for high level athletes
  • 5 art sections (Music, Plastic Arts, Theater, Dance and Cinema)

Second cycle (Masters of Engineering)

The second cycle lasts 3 years and trains students in 9 departments of engineering.


INSA Lyon has a policy of encouraging international education.

  • Students are required to spend at least 6 months of their curriculum abroad, either during an internship or as an exchange student. INSA Lyon has over 200 partner universities around the world, 36 double degrees and 7 international laboratories.
  • There 10 different languages taught at INSA Lyon, and students must study at least two foreign languages.
  • There are 30% of foreign students at INSA Lyon, with over 90 nationalities represented.
  • INSA Lyon's Preparatory Level offers 4 international sections (EURINSA, ASINSA, AMERINSA, and SCAN) with extra language and culture classes.


INSA Lyon is blessed with the largest research funding among Grandes Écoles in France[2] . It features 23 laboratories.

In 2016, INSA Lyon had 613 PhD students and supported 155 theses.[3]

The school also offers 10 Masters of Science for students interested in research careers.

Student life

Since its creation, INSA Lyon has offered its students the possibility to live on-campus and provide various facilities including various clubs, library, restaurants...

Yearly events

  • February : Le Gala. After the graduation ceremony, a dinner and a celebration party are organized at the Palais des congrès de Lyon.
  • Shrove Tuesday : Le Karnaval, a student-run carnival
  • April : Le Bal, a prestigious party open to all students
  • May : Les 24 heures de l'INSA, France's largest student festival

Student associations

Over a hundred associations have been registered so far, such as:

Most of the departments also have a student association (Adege for electrical engineering students, AEDI for computer science students, ...).


  • 1st place in the ranking performed by weekly magazine Le Point (Le Point – 17 February 2005 – N°1692) of the top French engineering schools (with admittance directly after high school/secondary school). INSA Lyon is also ranked among the top 5 preferred Engineering Schools for recruiters.
  • 2nd position according to the magazine "l'Expansion", with respect to salary offered for the first employment and after 3 years experience.
  • 2nd place in the ranking of French Computer Engineering Graduate Schools, according to a survey carried out by the magazine "Le Monde Informatique" 2006. (1 Supelec, 2 INSA de Lyon, 3 Mines, 4 Polytechnique, 5 Centrale Paris )
  • 1st place according to L'Express (06/01/2010), among 5-year schools. In the French education system, high school graduates go to "Prepa" courses for 2 years, then compete for engineering schools where they spend 3 more years; whereas other schools like INSA include the "Prepa" as part of their 5-year cursus. Ranking differ between these 2 categories.


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 "Centre des Sports" (sports centre) is run by 18 specialised sports teachers and has four objectives: to supervise sports practices, to run the “Association Sportive” (Sports Association), to supervise students in the top athletes sports section, and to coordinate technological research applied to sports equipment. This association brings together students who wish to specialise in the practice of a particular sport. It runs on the basis of one or more training session per week and participates in the French University Championships Approximately one third of INSA students are licensed with the Sports Association. The Association's achievements are excellent, with many French Championship titles being won every year. INSA Lyon students are frequently selected to represent the French National University team at the various University World Championships and in the “Universiades”, participating in many of the Olympic Sports.

Top athletes

Since 1981, INSA has been entrusted by the Ministries of National Education and Sports with the administration of a sports section called SHN (Sportifs de Haut Niveau, literally High Level Sportsmen). 11 students from this section have participated in the Olympic Games. 2 World Champions have graduated from INSA. François Gabart is a French professional offshore yacht racer who won the 7th Vendée Globe race in 2013 and established a new record.

See also


  2. "Palmarès 2010 des écoles d'ingénieurs". l'Étudiant. 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  3. "Département FEDORA : Formation par la Recherche et les Etudes doctorales". INSA Lyon (in French). 26 February 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2018.

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