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Pursuing a Master's

With numerous Master's Degrees in sciences and humanities, the ENS de Lyon offers à la carte training and values interdisciplinary approaches. Some programs in exact sciences can be attended in English (more information).
  • Sciences, Technology and Health
  • Arts,Human and Social Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Master’s Degrees
  • Joint Diplomas

Application process

Procedures for registering in a French higher education institution vary depending on your nationality, your country of residence and your educational plans. In about 30 countries, a common online process, called the CEF procedure (Center for studies in France), is required to obtain a student visa.


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 document: Language proficiency: Self assessment grid


The ENS de Lyon and its partners offer scholarships (Ampère & MILYON Scholarships) for excellent international students to enrol in its Master's programs in the Exact Sciences, the Arts, and Human and Social Sciences (except for FEADép Master's programs).

  • Information and application procedure: grants and scholarships
    Application opened from November 13th, 2017 to December 18th, 2017

Contact us

Office of International Affairs
Phone: +33 (0)4 37 37 66 82
Fax: +33 (0)4 37 37 63 60

Admissions via CEF procedure

You have to apply on the Campus France website
Deadline: Application to be filed till March 31, 2018
For more information on the CEF procedure and the countries it concerns, please visit the Campus France website.

Other countries

Deadline : opening on April 16th, closing on May 11th 2018 23:59

Step 1

Complete, save and submit the online form

Documents to upload:
  • A transcript of your grades for your past and present studies, in French or in English
  • Certified copies of university degrees, in French or English
  • Copy of your passport or national ID card
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Reference letter
  • If you are applying for a Master’s program in the Arts, Humanities, Languages or Social Sciences: a summary of your research project in French (3 pages maximum)
  • Certificate of Language Proficiency :
Arts, Humanities, Languages or Social Sciences candidates :  a certificate of Proficiency in French (e.g. DALF, DELF, TCF) 
Exact Sciences candidates: a certificate of Proficiency in French (e.g. DALF, DELF, TCF) and in English (IELTS or TOEFL).

Step 2

The incomplete application will not be take into consideration.
Results will be published on June, 15th on the online platform. 

Step 3

If your application is accepted, you will receive an email with practical information.


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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