Study for a Semester in France!
INSA Lyon, the oldest and largest school making up the INSA group, was founded in 1957 to train highly qualified engineers, support continuing education, and conduct research and testing. INSA is very interested in international exchange; about 600 foreign students from 35 countries study at the institute annually. INSA Lyon is known as the scientific and technological capital of France, with 22 research laboaraties, more than 600 researchers and 650 PhD students. INSA has been repeatedly rated the number one engineering school in France.
The INSA Lyon campus includes 11 residence halls connected to the Lyon city center by two tram lines. There are many extracurricular activities for students organized by the Maison des Etudiants, a 1,000 square meter building housing the Student Union with laundry facilities, a grocery store and more. There are over 130 clubs and societies on campus. Students can also take part in club sports and cultural and humanitarian activities. International students are giving priority access to on-campus housing, which includes three student restaurants, various sports facilities, a library, communal rooms with free wifi and more.
ISEP Chance of Placement
- Fall Semester: Mid September to Late December
Students on the INS program will stay at university arranged housing.
Students participating on the ISEP Exchange program option will pay the ISEP Full Exchange Program Fee to Appalachian and will not pay housing or meal costs to the Finnish university.
Paid to Appalachian State
The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
|ISEP Application Fee
|ISEP Placement Fee
||$1200 - $1800
||$100 - $300
||$1200 - $2000
|Books and Materials
||$200 - $500
|French Health Insurance
||$200 - $400
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|US Based Health Insurance
|2Personal Travel and Spending
||$1000 - $2000
2Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
The "Information Science & Technology Semester" is a program jointly organized by three engineering departments of INSA Lyon (Telecommunication Department, Computer Sciences and Engineering Department, Electrical Engineering Department) in collaboration with three research laboratories (CITI, CREATIS, LIRIS). This program targets foreign students in their last year of their bachelor's degree.
Full IST semester program is composed of six scientific courses (to be chosen among 12) associated with a research attachment within one of the IST research laboratories (CITI, CREATIS, LIRIS). The 30 ECTS of the IST Semester are obtained by:
Six scientific courses at three ECTS credits each
R&R Project: 10 ECTS credits
French Course: Two ECTS credits
For more information about the course offerings please visit the ISEP INS webpage.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the ISEP program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to an ISEP program should complete the ISEP application
while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page