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Exchange programs

Students can join the ENS de Lyon for one or two semesters as part of an exchange program with their home university:
  • Bilateral agreements
  • ORA (Ontario)
  • BCI (Quebec)
More than 190 partner universities in 40 countries, including:
ECNU EPFL Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
University Ottawa University of Tokyo
USP Universidad of Sao Paolo

Contact us

Office of International Affairs
Phone: +33 4 37 37 66 82
Fax: +33 4 37 37 63 60

Application process


Deadline for application

  • by April 27th(online application) for students who wish to study for the first semester or the full academic year 
  • by October 30th (online application) for those who wish to study for the second semester

Language proficiency required

  • In the arts, humanities and social sciences: C1 level required (being comfortable enough in French to follow the program)
  • In exact sciences: B2 level in French and/or English required (being sufficiently proficient in French and/or English to follow the courses) [Read more]

Helpful Documents

You can download the following documents:The ENS de Lyon Erasmus code is F LYON103

Step 1

Complete the online form.

Please use your email validated by your Home University. 

Documents to upload : 
  • Your grades and results for this year and last year
  • A copy of your identity card or passport
  • If you are applying to courses in the arts and humanities: a certification of your level in French.
  • If you are applying to study exact sciencesa certification of your level in French AND in English.

Step 2

Download the learning agreement in pdf, print it and provide the signature of your home university.

Step 3

Save and submit the online application.

Step 4

If your application is accepted, you will receive a letter of admission to the ENS – which non-EU citizens will need to obtain a student visa.

Step 5: Enrolling at the ENS de Lyon

To confirm your enrollment and to obtain your student card, the ENS Office of International Affairs will call you in for an appointment to which you will need to bring the documents listed here.

Once your enrollment is completed, you must contact the international coordinator of your department to finalise your course options, and the Department secretary to know all about your schedule.


ENS de Lyon
15 parvis René Descartes - BP 7000
69342 Lyon Cedex 07 - FRANCE
Descartes Campus : +33 (0) 4 37 37 60 00
Monod Campus : +33 (0) 4 72 72 80 00

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