INSA Lyon: European Perspectives in Engineering

Spend 4 weeks studying at one of France's most prolific engineering schools! Located within the Science and Technological Park of la Doua in Villeurbanne, the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Lyon (INSA Lyon) is ranked among the top universities of science and technology in Europe. INSA Lyon offers engaging summer courses in English.
During the 4-week summer program you will learn about European perspectives in engineering and innovation. You will also learn and experience French culture and learn some French! 
 

What You'll Accomplish

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to learn:

  • more about European Innovation and management 
  • or the Internet of things and smart devices in the European context
  • more French and adapt and thrive while in Lyon, France. 

INSA Lyon is located in Lyon, France.  INSA Lyon is the #1 French School of Engineering for Research and Innovation!  Lyon was also voted best student city in 2018.  
Located at the confluence of the Saône and the Rhône, Lyon has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. The former capital of the Gauls, Lyon has witnessed  2000 years of continuous history. Its remarkable heritage is enriched with signature buildings by contemporary architects such as Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, and Santiago Calatrava.
The second-largest city in France, Lyon is home to over 1.2 million people, including over 120,000 students. It boasts a rich industrial network of many large companies, making it a powerful center of international communication.

Where You'll Live

INSA Lyon offers furnished on-campus accommodation for the summer program students. 
You can expect the following:

  • Double rooms at the INSA Lyon dormitories
  • Laudry machines (washing)
  • Sheets, blankets
  • Breakfast, Lunch and dinner on-campus
  • Wifi in some buildings, All rooms have RJ45 cable

What you will need to bring: 

  • Towels
  • Adapater for TYPE E plug. 

Meals-
The cost of the program includes full meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at INSA restuarants from Monday to Friday, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 12.00 to 1.30pm, dinner on Sundays. Please note that the restaurants do not serve dinners on Saturdays.

What You'll Study

The summer program offers three different tracks, consisting of 3 parts each.  Students will be able to take two out of the three tracks for a total of 6 credits. The French Language, Communication, Science and Society track is mandatory. You will not receive a letter grade for this program but will receive academic credit as long as you receive a C or higher in each course. 
If you are an engineering student, please consult with the faculty director of your department about how the course will transfer for requirements. All other majors please consult with your academic advisor. 
TRACKS 

  • The French Language, Communication, Science and Society track (3 credits) is a mandatory track
  • ​Connected Devices and Smart Services (3 credits)
    • Introduction to the Internet of all things
    • Smart Assistive Environment Projects
    • Laboratory and Industry visits
  • Management and Innovation in Europe (3 credits)
    • Introduction to Project Management of Innovative products and services
    • Economics & Management of Innovation in Europe
    • Essential skills for Entrepreneurs in Innovation-driven start-ups

 

INSALyonEuroperspectives (ENGR1210)

The summer program offers three different tracks, consisting of 3 parts each.  Students will be able to take two out of the three tracks for a total of 6 credits. The French Language, Communication, Science and Society track is mandatory. You will not receive a letter grade for this program but will receive academic credit as long as you receive a C or higher in each course. 
TRACKS 

  • The French Language, Communication, Science and Society track (3 credits) is a mandatory track
  • ​Connected Devices and Smart Services (3 credits)
    • Introduction to the Internet of all things
    • Smart Assistive Environment Projects
    • Laboratory and Industry visits
  • Management and Innovation in Europe (3 credits)
    • Introduction to Project Management of Innovative products and services
    • Economics & Management of Innovation in Europe
    • Essential skills for Entrepreneurs in Innovation-driven start-ups

 
Engineering students review how the courses count for requirements (below).  If you are not an engineering student at Pitt, please consult with your acaemic advisor how the courses can count for your requiements. 
 
Bioengineering:
French Language: Humanities/Social Science
Connected Devices/Smart systems: Advanced Engineering/ Science/Technical Elective
Management and Innovation: Advanced Engineering/ Science/Technical Elective
 
Chemical engineering: Please contact Dr. Bayles to confirm how the course counts
 
Civil/Environmental engineering:
French Language: Humanities/Social Science
Connected Devices/Smart systems ENGR Elective for CE Majors and Environmental Program Elective for ENVE Majors
Management and Innovation: ENGR Elective for CE Majors and Environmental Program Elective for ENVE Majors
 
Electrical and Computer engineering:
French Language: Humanities/Social Science
Connected Devices/Smart systems: Technical/Open
Management and Innovation: Technical/Open
 
Industrial Engineering:
French Language: Humanities Elective
Connected Devices/Smart systems: NON IE elective
Management and Innovation: IE 1035-Engineering Management
 
Mechanical Engineering:
French Language: Humanities/Social Science Elective
Connected Devices/Smart systems: ME Technical Elective
Management and Innovation: ME Technical Elective
 
Materials Science: Please contact Dr. Nettleship to confirm how the course counts
Engineering Science: Please contact Dr. Smolinski to confirm how the course counts
 

Faculty and Staff at INSA Lyon host this program abroad. 

INSA Lyon is one of the great French universities for science and technology. In a five-year program, it trains multi- skilled, humanist, innovative engineers equipped with an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong international culture. 

Diversity, excellence, openness and innovation are the driving forces behind INSA Lyon, which, over the course of after almost 60 years of existence still embodies an avant-garde and resolutely modern vision of engineering. 

INSA engineers boast excellent scientific and technical expertise, and understand the issues at the heart of their companies, and actively contribute to the evolution of their world. 

 

On the higher education scene, it ranks among the top 10 engineering schools in Europe. It also has the vocation to become a center for research and innovation recognized throughout the world, a partner of choice for business and industry.

 

 

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts

Dr. Diane Hardy Saran

Buna! That’s hello in Romanian.  After returning from being a Peace Corp volunteer in Transylvania- I decided to work in the field of international education helping international students.  Life took me back to Buffalo, NY (where I grew up- land of chicken wings)- and I worked for SUNY Buffalo for many years assisting international students and scholars.  In 2010, I moved to the ‘Burgh- and am now assisting engineering students to study abroad.  For fun I enjoy volunteering with my therapy dog Nora, yoga and fitness, international films, crocheting, and travel (of course). Come talk with me about studying abroad!  dmhardy@pitt.edu |  412-624-9823 | 152 Benedum Hall -https://www.instagram.com/ssoeinternational/   |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg  

 

Your In-Country Contacts

Celine Gagnard

After a Master Degree in Chinese Language and Civilization, 2 years in

China, and a Master Degree in International Business, Céline worked for

14 months as an international sales assistant.

In 2016, After a 6-month internship at the International Relations Office

of INSA Lyon, she was recruited as an International Projects Manager and

is now in charge of the short-programs. 

Her email is: celine.gagnard@insa-lyon.fr

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition- (6 credits) $5160 $5360
Program Fee (see the "What's included" section) $1040 $1040
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $6500 $6700

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare ~$1000
Meals ~$500

If you are not a U.S. citizen there might be a cost associated with applying for a visa and/or traveling to an embassy or consulate

TBD
   

Total Estimated Program Cost

  In-State Out-of-State

Total Estimated Cost of Program
(Includes items billed by Pitt and additional expenses)

TBD TBD

 

What's Included

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for two 3 credit classes (total of 6 credits)
  • Housing
  • Meals (expect dinners on Saturday)
  • Health Insurance
  • Day trips to Chamonix, Perouges
  • Airport Pick-up

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.
Questions about Funding study abroad?  Check out the study abroad’s funding search page and note that SSoE has funding specifically for Pitt engineering students.
 

When You'll Go

 
Traveling to and from France
Students will make their own arrangements to France. Please do not book flights until your program manager provides details to do so.  INSA Lyon will pick you up at the airport upon arrival. 

 
While in France- Itinerary
Click here to see an example schedule of the program for 2019, program schedule for this coming year will be provided to accepted students in Spring. This is subject to change but provides a good idea of the program's schedule.  
 

What Else You Need to Know

Requirements:

  • Student with a math/science background at Pitt and in good academic and behavior standing
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must be in your second year or higher at the time of application

Please note that your application will require that you upload a copy of your current resume. 
 
Review some of the students' experiences on their blogs!
Lynette Cohen: http://lynette-insalyon.tumblr.com/
Abigal Wezelis: https://studylyon.wordpress.com/