An international education and research centre

The Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) of Lyon is an international, multidisciplinary university-level School of Engineering at the heart of the European higher education scene.
From its foundation in 1957, INSA Lyon has included international, human and social aspects in the curriculum of its engineers. In fact, international relations and openness are valued as highly as the quality of its education and research.

  • International Outreach

    An international campus: 30% foreign students representing 92 nationalities

    ✔️ Shanghai Ranking by Subject 2022

    • 2nd French university in mechanical engineering (#51-75)
    • 5th in Biomedical Engineering (#201-300)
    • 8th in Metallurgical Engineering (#101-150)
    • 8th in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (#301-400)

    ✔️ Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2022 

    Top 200 world rankings for:

    • SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 10: Reduced inequalities
    • SDG 13: Climate Action

    Top 300 world rankings for:

    • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the goals

    ✔️ QS World University Ranking 2023 : #457 /1500 institutions

  • High-Quality Teaching Programmes

    An engineering curriculum integrating a multidisciplinary approach, including humanities

    • 9 engineering departments.
    • Strong links to industry, including internship opportunities
    • Project-based pedagogy
    • Synergy between education and research

  • Student Services and Support

    French lessons are provided all year, including summer and winter schools.

    • Each department has an international academic advisor and the International Relations Office is there to help too.
    • Halls of residence available for all international students

  • Vibrant Campus Life

    Great place to study, enjoy many cultural and sporting activities

    • More than 130 student associations: INSA Lyon encourages students to actively participate in community life on campus: a good way to make friends and foster leadership and project management skills

    • Located on 2 sites: Lyon Tech-La Doua campus (Technopolis of 100 ha, 25,000 students, 80 laboratories) and Oyonnax (Plasticampus)

    • BdE (Student Union), “24h de l’INSA” biggest student festival in France, “Un Doua de Jazz” festival, ETIC INSA Technologies

  • Idyllic Location

    2nd best French city for the quality of student life - L’ 2021-2022 (renowned French media for education).

    2nd most dynamic digital sector (robotics, programming, big data, etc.). Over 7000 companies in the digital sector are based in the Lyon area. The city supports start-ups in the digital sector via growth accelerators such as Lyon French Tech (
    2nd largest City in France and leading industrial region
    • Major cultural events: Les Nuits Sonores (electro music festival - 140,000 people), Les Nuits de Fourvière (performing arts festival - 130,000 people)
    • Vieux Lyon listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site