INSA Lyon, the oldest and largest school making up the INSA group, was founded in 1957 to train highly qualified engineers, support continuing education, and conduct research and testing and is  consistently rated the top engineering school in France. 

INSA Lyon focuses on engineering and technology, with a strong research emphasis for students as well as faculty. The university is known as the scientific and technological capital of France, with 22 research labs, more than 600 researchers and 650 PhD students.

IST Semester Program: Fall Semester or Full Year ONLY

The "Information Science & Technology Semester" is a program jointly organized by three engineering departments of INSA Lyon (Telecommunication Department, Computer Sciences and Engineering Department, Electrical Engineering Department) in collaboration with three research laboratories (CITI, CREATIS, LIRIS).

For-credit study options for students staying at INSA Lyon for the full year include: 

1. Enroll in regular university courses in French and/or in English

2. Continue full-time with their research and development project from the fall semester under the supervision of a professor in the relevant lab, generally with the goal of completing an undergraduate thesis. 

3. Complete an internship in a company

4. Any combination of the options presented above


ISEP students at INSA-Lyon are accomodated in an on-campus residence hall and recieve a 21 meals per week meal plan. 

Program Website

Course Description

The IST semester program is composed of six scientific courses (to be chosen among 12), all associated with a research attachment within one of the IST research laboratories (CITI, CREATIS, LIRIS).

The 30 ECTS of the IST Semester are obtained by:

Six scientific courses at three ECTS credits each

R&R Project: 10 ECTS credits

In-semester French Course: Two ECTS credits

Each week of the IST semester program is structured with 2 days of courses and 3 days in research labs. Note that in parallel to these courses and project, the French language course (2 hours per week) is given throughout the semester.

Each scientific course is generally organised as follows:

10 hours of theoretical lecture

2 to 4 hours of seminar given by an expert from a company

Small student project with 4 hours of assistance

2 hours of project presentation by the students

The research and development project will be conducted within one of the three research laboratories (CITI, CREATIS, LIRIS). Partners of the IST semester, these laboratories develop high level research in the fields covered by the IST semester. The students will work within a research team alone or with a fellow student from the program. They will have to make a bibliographic study, and develop their own contributions that will be presented in a final report and during an oral presentation. 

View additional information and a full course list for the Information Science & Technology Semester in English.  

Website for Course Availability

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(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Computer and Information Sciences: Recommended!

    Computer Applications Programming Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Mandatory Application to be done on the following link before April 24:


Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

This program targets students in the fourth year of their bachelor's degree, but qualified students in the third year of their bachelor's degree are encouraged to apply. 

As the program is conducted entirely in English, no prior French experience is required. A B2 in English is required for non-native English speakers. 

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