Studying at ENS de Lyon


Top-flight research and academics, rich student life…

Discover 10 of the many reasons why students from around the world study at the ENS de Lyon.


  • A culture of excellence
  • Study programs tailored to students’ professional and personal projects
  • Internationally recognized training
  • Multidisciplinary training courses
  • French and International double degree courses (Engineering, Veterinary studies, Intercultural studies, French-German, etc.)
  • Ranked 5th place in the world for small universities (fewer than 5,000 students), Times Higher Education 2016
  • 4th national place in the TOP 100 global institutions with the best student-to-staff ratio, Times Higher Education 2016
  • Close-ties between teaching departments and research labs from the ENS de Lyon
  • 31 Master’s degrees
  • Courses leading to a doctorate: 410 doctoral students
  • Participation in seminars and scientific events, long-term internships
  • Multidisciplinary junior labs which bring together Master and Doctoral students around an innovative research project. These are recognized student initiatives and funded by the Scientific Council of the ENS de Lyon
  • Reference Centre in education with the IFÉ (French Institute of Education), the LLE (Laboratory of Education) and the Education and Digital Humanities Department
  • Careers in teaching and research
  • Senior civil service positions, Haute fonction publique
  • Careers in the private sector: industry, health, environment, energy, finance, media, publishing, performing arts, etc.
  • A peaceful and lush campus close to the center of Lyon
  • 20 active student associations for a rich student life
  • Affordable accommodation
  • Over 300 scientific and cultural events each year
  • 2 hours from Paris and Marseille via high-speed train
  • The 2nd academic and scientific site in France
  • Member of the Université de Lyon, bringing together 12 higher education and research institutions; 129,000 students, 11,500 teachers and researchers
  • The ENS de Lyon is also part of groups of top-flight schools and labs : Collège des Hautes Études Lyon-Science[s], Laboratories of Excellence
  • 78 nationalities on campus, 16% of international students, 18% of students abroad
  • 214 partner universities in 54 countries
  • Strategic partnerships: East China Normal University, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, University of Ottawa, Universidade de Sao Paulo, University of Tokyo, Goethe Universität-Frankfurt, Oslo University, IISER Pune
  • “Discovering French as a foreign language”: 1-week immersion course (end-August)
  • Workshops to perfect your written and spoken French, discover French civilization, creative writing, drama, etc.
  • Get credit for your skills with ETCS or a certificate from the Language Center
  • 20 Ampère scholarships from the ENS de Lyon : €1000/month for a year to integrate one of our Master’s programs
  • GRADUATE+ scholarships funded within the framework of the French government’s SFRI programme: €1000/month for 10 months to integrate Master’s degree in some Graduate initiatives
  • Erasmus Mundus Scholarships from the European Union to integrate the Master’s Atomic Scale modelling of physical, chemical and biomolecular systems – ATOSIM
  • 8 scholarships from the ENS de Lyon
  • For citizens of the European Union: a status of trainee civil servant paid €1,500/month for 4 years by the French State and commitment to work for 10 years in the public service, a higher education or French or International research institution (including the period of study at the ENS de Lyon)
  • For the best foreign normalien students (best candidate in each area of study who is not a citizen of the European Union or from a country of the European economic area): €1,000/month for 4 years
  • ENS de Lyon funding for international doctoral students
  • Welcome days at the beginning of each semester
  • A unique location for you to accomplish all your administrative procedures (enrolment,residence permit, bank,…)
  • Personalized tutoring
  • Asset, an association dedicated to international students: French student mentors, international dinner party, homecoming evening, cultural outings to discover France