France: Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (insa lyon) Who is the research attachment host?

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International Research Attachments (i-RAP)

France: Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA Lyon)

Who is the research attachment host?

Located in the premises of the Science and Technology Park of la Doua in Villeurbanne Lyon, INSA Lyon is ranked among the top universities in Science and Technology in Europe, and also one of the largest research and innovation centres in France with 21 research laboratories.

INSA Lyon was the first INSA to be created in 1957 and has always had a strong ambition in terms of social awareness. It graduates over 950 engineers each year in 12 fields of specialisation. The University places pedagogical innovation at the core of its training programme, to produce engineers who possess qualities of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The University is located in Lyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon is a city known for its historical and architectural landmarks, combining a rich cultural life with a highly diversified industrial environment.  The city is situated in east-central France in the Rhône-Alpes region, between Paris and Marseille. With daily TGV (high-speed train) services Lyon is about 2 hours by train from Paris and Marseille.

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What is the academic content?

List of Project Areas


  • Computer Engineering

  • Bioengineering

  • Chemical Engineering

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Software Engineering

  • Telecommunication Engineering

  • Material Science

  • Computer Science

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

  • Biochemistry

  • Biosciences

Students can choose from the list of projects/subjects available here. However, this list is not exhaustive and is not updated in real time. Some subjects may have been already cancelled and other subjects can be proposed in other fields like mechanical engineering, civil engineering etc. The research laboratories that can host a student for a research attachment can be found at

Students are to indicate the specific laboratory and/or topic they are interested in in their application form.
Is academic credit available?

Academic credit MAY be available. Students interested in obtaining credit must work with their faculty for credit transfer. IRO is unable to apply for credit transfer on the students’ behalf.

Please click here for more information.
How many placements are available? When and where does it take place?

Research Area

(City, Country)

(Date - Date)

No. of Placements

  • Engineering

  • Material Science

  • Computing

  • Chemistry

  • Physics

  • Biosciences

  • Biochemistry

Lyon, France

May 2015 - July 2015

To be decided by host university


What are the eligibility requirements?

General NUS Requirements


  • Full-time NUS undergraduates

  • Prior research experience in a relevant field will be advantageous

  • Year 3 and 4 undergraduates are preferred, though Year 1 and 2 undergraduates can apply if they have research experience or feel that they are qualified for the programme

  • Students must complete the programme before their conferment date


What are the accommodation arrangements?

INSA Lyon will assist students in finding suitable accommodation.

Is travel insurance compulsory?

Yes. NUS students must ensure that they purchase appropriate travel insurance before embarking on their programme. The travel insurance must start on the day of departure and end on the day of your arrival in Singapore.

Please click here for special travel insurance rates available through NUS. Students may choose to purchase travel insurance from other reputable providers as long as the coverage is comparable.
How much does the programme cost?

The cost estimates below exclude benefits from the university, ie stipend, meals, airfare etc.



Return Airfare






Travel Insurance


Monthly expenses (meals, transportation, personal spending)  


Total cost estimate for a  3 - month research attachment

Approx. S$7,460

Please note, these are estimated expenses and actual expenses may differ based on price shifts and personal spending habits. Do adjust these estimates based on the duration of your research attachment.
Is financial assistance available?

Students selected for the programme are eligible to apply for:

(a) NASA Enhancement Bursary and/or Scholarshipconcurrently using the programme application form (please see "How do I apply?" below)
(b) Overseas Student Programme Loan (Singaporeans only)
(c) PSEA Fund Withdrawal (Singaporeans only)
How do I apply for a visa?

NUS and the host university will assist in providing documentation needed to apply for a visa, if required.

Students are to consult the Embassy of France in Singapore for more information.

Embassy of France in Singapore 
101-103 Cluny Park Road 
Singapore 259595
Tel: +65 6880 7800

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have proper entry documents for all countries they plan to visit as part of this programme!
How do I apply for the programme? What happens after I submit my application?

Please submit your application as early as possible as interviews may start before the application deadline.


  • Submit your COMPLETE application package via email to



  • Completed IRO Programme Application Form including your preferred research laboratory and/or topic (handwritten submissions will not be accepted)

  • Copy of your latest unofficial transcript (downloadable via MyISIS)

  • Updated CV

  • Motivation Letter


  • Use your NUS email account* to submit your application package to:

*Applications submitted using personal email accounts (eg Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo) will NOT be processed.

If you do not hear from us one month after the programme application deadline, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Research Attachment Period

Application Deadline

May 2015 - July 2015

10 March 2015

Application Process

Please click here to see the entire application process and the steps involved.

Where can I get more information?

Please read the i-RAP Application Guide here.

For additional information or related queries, please click here.

For travel notices, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
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