16 Jun



After the submission of its application in 2019, INSA Lyon has just been awarded the "Welcome to France" label with the highest 3-star distinction! Created by Campus France, the label recognizes higher education institutions that offer a high-quality welcome to students, according to the best international standards.

France, which is one of the top 5 host countries for international students, is implementing the "Welcome to France" strategy, which aims to greet 500,000 new students by 2027. With this objective, the label was created to strengthen the international visibility of universities and the recognition of their welcome policies.

Therefore, INSA Lyon is now one of the 89 institutions among the 183 that are applying for the label. Awarded for 4 years, this distinction reflects one of the institution's deep and long-term commitments.

Indeed, since its creation more than 60 years ago, INSA Lyon has been strongly supporting diversity and has always made it a priority that all its students feel at home, no matter where they come from.

Among the main features of its welcome facilities, INSA Lyon counts 11 residences that can accommodate more than 3,000 students, as well as catering services with very competitive rates. The campus life is animated by a powerful community of 130 student associations which are 100% from INSA. There are many tools to facilitate the integration of students, such as the French summer and winter schools, free FLE courses, welcome packages, and the buddy system for exchange students launched in 2019.

Efforts are constant at INSA Lyon and are even more important now to maintain a high-quality welcome, in this exceptional situation created by COVID. International mobility has always been at the heart of INSA Lyon's priorities. It leads to new considerations, to allow more flexibility for international students, such as the continuation of on-line courses or the "hybrid" mobility supported by the Erasmus+ program.

*academic exchange organized with both on-site lessons and distance learning