Program Details

Program Location Lyon, France
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Duration Spring Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice



Old city of Lyon

The Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) of Lyon is an international, multidisciplinary university-level School of Engineering at the heart of the European higher education scene. From its foundation in 1957, INSA Lyon has included international, human and social aspects in the curriculum. In fact, international relations and openness are valued as highly as the quality of its education and research.

INSA Lyon is located on the LyonTech-La Doua Campus, 15 minutes from the centre of Lyon. It is a smart, bustling and responsible campus with its halls of residence, canteens, classrooms and sports facilities. The LyonTech-La Doua campus has everything to make life easier. Beside their studies, students have the opportunity to discover many leisure activities as well as Lyon’s exceptional cultural heritage.

Location: Lyon has a population of 400,000, but the surrounding suburbs raise the population to approximately 2 million people. It is located in the west of France, about 3 ½ hours north of the Mediterranean and 2 ½ hours south of Paris by train.

Visit the INSA Lyon exchange website here

For more program information, please visit the program website.



Students at INSA Lyon

While there are many courses at INSA Lyon offered in English, applicants should have some knowledge of French. Applicants should be in good standing and have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: None

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [Polytechnic Institute]
Specifically from: SATT,CNIT, TLI, SOET,CMT (TECH)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Language of Instruction: French & English

Semester Course Load: Maximum 30 ECTS credits

The courses at INSA require a lot of face-to-face instruction but the amount of independent work is lower than in most countries.

International students have the special opportunity to attend an intensive French course before the semester starts or throughout the academic year. The semester French course is free of charge and mandatory for exchange students who do not have at least a B1 level in French.

To find additional information on academics at INSA Lyon, visit this link. 


Exchange students are offered on-campus housing. Single, double, and en-suite rooms are available. Apartments are furnished and equipped with a bathroom, toilet and kitchenette, and have internet access.

INSA Lyon’s restaurants are located on campus and open 7 days a week.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee $0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Program Specific Insurance $250.00
Round-trip Airfare $1,300.00
Housing $2,200.00
Local Transportation $300.00
Visa $200.00
Books and Supplies $150.00
Meals $2,500.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $3,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information


INSA Lyon Campus Building

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email