Our students come from diverse backgrounds: students who passed the competitive entrance exam to ENS de Lyon (normaliens), students who were accepted based on their academic records in French universities (auditeurs), visiting students from International parter universities (Erasmus and similar exchange programmes), and International students who were accepted based on their academic records. Students may enter the curriculum in L3 (third year of Bachelor’s degree), M1 (first year of Master’s degree) and M2. The applicants must be motivated by careers in higher education or research, and by studies that are both challenging and demanding.

Admission via the ENS de Lyon competitive entrance exams

To prepare the competitive entrance exam, the students should have followed the 2-year curriculum of a classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles (premier concours) or the first 2 years of a Bachelor’s curriculum of a French university (second concours). Informations on the competitive entrance exam can be found here.
After being accepted, the students who are citizen of a member state of the European Union become temporary civil servants. The students coming from other countries can obtain the same status when they acquire the citizenship of a member state of the European Union.

Admission based on academic records (L3, M1 & M2)

Admission is based on the excellency of records, and an interview may be requested. The decision is taken by the admission jury. The only criteria are the relevency of the application, the quality of the academic curriculum, the academic records, and the personal project of the applicant. If you are a french student, then follow this link, else goto the next section.

International students

The CS department of ENS de Lyon encourages International students to apply. Stipends are proposed to International students, based on academic records (Bourses Ampère, Bourses MILYON). All the M1 and M2 courses are given in English as soon as an International student is present.

If you are an International student and are interested in applying to enter our curriculum, either as an exchange student or an ENS de Lyon student, you should contact the International coordinator of the department and the Master’s degree coordinator. Very useful information is also available here.

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